November 23, 2012

Black Friday brings shoppers – and thieves

In Kittery, Police Chief Paul Callaghan says the two most common targets for thieves at the Kittery Outlets are clothing and electronics.

The Associated Press

KITTERY — Black Friday is bringing numerous shoppers to Maine retail outlets – and a greater possibility of thefts.

In Kittery, Police Chief Paul Callaghan says the two most common targets for thieves at the Kittery Outlets are clothing and electronics.

He tells Foster's Daily Democrat the outlets typically have two types of thieves: casual opportunists who may steal an item or two at random and organized groups that are much more advanced. Callaghan said they distract store employees and line shopping bags with materials to eliminate sensors.

Three people from New York were arrested in Kittery recently for allegedly taking about $8,000 worth of clothing from stores. Earlier in the month, four Massachusetts women were accused of taking $4,000 worth of merchandise.

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