Authorities said Wednesday that thieves got away with thousands of dollars’ worth of perfumes and colognes from the Macy’s store at a mall in Massachusetts.
The North Attleborough Police Department said surveillance video recorded the thieves as they grabbed 25 boxes of fragrances worth about $3,200 off store shelves at Emerald Square and slipped out a door on Tuesday night.
Police said a store manager told them two women and a man came into the store, went to the perfume section, and dropped the bottles of perfume into bags.
Police said the manager told them he recognized the three people from two previous unreported shoplifting incidents.
Police said the thieves got into a Nissan Altima with Rhode Island license plates and drove toward Attleboro. Investigators said they don’t know the shoplifters’ names.
The Retailers Association of Massachusetts said it is seeing an increase in thefts and in many cases, companies tell their employees not to intervene.
Somebody that has been hired to work at a cash register should not be interfering with these types of activities,” Ryan Kearney said. “They have been growingly, more violent, more confrontational, and more aggressive.”
He said these cases impact more than a corporation like Macy’s bottom line.
If consumers don’t feel comfortable and employees don’t feel comfortable in a store, and when issues turn violent, they become victims,” he said.
Macy’s responded in a statement:
The safety of our customers and colleagues is always our top priority. As a company, we are unable to comment or provide any additional information on ongoing investigations. We are fully cooperating with local authorities and defer to them for further updates and information,” a spokesperson for the department store said.