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 email@example.com 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 bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.
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