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Two arrested for embezzling more than $10,000 from Nordstrom

Employee, alleged accomplice accused of pricey theft

An employee at the Nordstrom department store in Stanford Shopping Center and an alleged accomplice were arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and burglary for taking more than $10,000 in merchandise and making fraudulent returns, Palo Alto police said.

The 20-year-old employee, a Fremont resident, was arrested on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. He allegedly committed the thefts during a two-and-a-half week period after he was hired at the store in mid-December. He shoplifted high-end clothing and accessories including sunglasses, sweaters, shoes, socks and scarves and created false transactions, police Sgt. Brian Philip said.

The employee also allegedly made fraudulent returns, manufacturing refunds while taking the items home. The thefts were discovered during reviews of employee transactions. Philip said the man admitted to the thefts after being confronted, and he was arrested.

A 20-year-old woman was also arrested for suspicion of embezzlement on Wednesday in connection with the case, Philip added.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at or

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8 people like this
Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

Not a violent crime. They'll be out in a few days what's a little or any repercussions.

8 people like this
Posted by Hello
a resident of Southgate
on Dec 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

Where are the names? They aren’t youths. Can’t the press at least publicize their names?

2 people like this
Posted by Katie
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

That is what is out there now days. Keep a a watchful eye out retailers.

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