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Shoplifters' Plans Foiled By Mall Security in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains police responded to the Westchester Mall twice May 4 on two reports of shoplifters who unsuccessfully tried to use aluminum foil to get by the alert signals in stores, according to police reports.

A security officer for Nordstram's told police a Brooklyn man, 22, took two Burberry button down shirts worth $250 each and one Lacoste stripped polo shirt worth $95 to the fitting room, then saw him exit without them. After noticing the shirts weren't in the fitting room, security confronted the suspect, who then ran away down Bloomingdale Avenue around 6:25 p.m.

While being chased, the suspect discarded the three shirts he had taken behind a bush near the mall, police said. Mall security recovered the shirts and police caught the suspect and took him to headquarters.

After searching him, police found seven pieces of aluminum foil in his pockets, which they determined were consistent with those wrapped around the electronic alert sensors on the three shirts.

He is charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and possession of burglar's tools, also a misdemeanor. He is being held pending $1,250 bail.

About 30 minutes later at 7 p.m., another Brooklyn man, 20, was charged with petit larceny and possession of burglar's tools for taking a polo shirt, worth $195, a Moncler shirt, worth $180, and a pair of True Religion jeans, worth $319, from Neiman Marcus.

Security told police he stuffed the clothes into his pants, then tried to leave the store without paying. He was arrested and taken to headquarters, where police found three pieces of aluminum foil in his pocket, which the suspect said he used to get past the anti-theft devices. He was held on $500 bail.

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