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Police Arrest Victoria's Secret Thief

Jennifer Santos was arrested in Massachusetts on Friday afternoon.

This is a surveillance photo of the woman wanted by police. [Courtesy of WMUR]
This is a surveillance photo of the woman wanted by police. [Courtesy of WMUR]
A woman believed to have stolen more than $100,000 in merchandise from Victoria's Secret and Sephora stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire was arrested Friday.

Jennifer Santos, 27, of 57 Cedar St., Lawrence, MA was charged in connection with a series of shoplifting incidents at the Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA. Police said previously that they believed the Northshore Mall thefts were linked to similar thefts at the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem.

Contacted Friday night, Salem Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten confirmed that Santos is the suspect in the Salem thefts as well.

Peabody Police said the multi-jurisdictional investigation lasted about four months, and Santos was taken into custody without incident at her residence around 2 p.m. on Friday.

A press release from Peabody, MA Police Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto said the department initiated its investigation in May, following repeated thefts from two stores at the Northshore Mall. The statement indicated those stores were Sephora and Victoria's Secret.

Police obtained a surveillance photo of the suspect which they provided to local news outlets in late August, asking the public for help in identifying the woman. Bonaiuto said investigators subsequently learned the suspect's identity, but could not locate her at first.

He said the investigation is still ongoing and includes other malls in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Further charges may be forthcoming.

Santos will be arraigned in Peabody District Court on Sept. 16 on six counts of larceny over $250 and three counts of trespassing.
Whomever September 16, 2013 at 05:26 AM
THANKS to the PEABODY POLICE! (Since SPD was unable to do it.)
Southpaw September 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM
From Lawrence, MA. Scum-of-the-earth, MA is more like it. Probably how she makes her living (since she obviously doesn't work). Steal and re-sell. Maybe she'll get to keep a nightgown and model it from her jail cell. Loser.
Riley Reid September 16, 2013 at 01:27 PM
@Whomever: It was a multi jurisdictional investigation the article says. Where's it say SPD couldn't catch her. Sounds like now that she's been identified they will be charging her. @Southpaw: she's probably selling the stuff at the fine flea market we have in south Salem. We all know there's nothing stolen being sold down there.
John Bello September 16, 2013 at 02:47 PM
.... She will be released, and she will start all over again. At 27 years of age she is too set in her thieving ways. She should be given a solid ten year prison sentence with no chance for early release.
Richard Light September 16, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Probably worth 50 to 100 bucks anywhere else

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