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UPDATED: Shoplifter Stopped at Kohl's Saturday

Reports of an armed robbery unfounded.

Sunday, 8:45 a.m.—Woburn Police reported this morning that an off-duty Winchester Police officer, Dan Arria, did assist WPD with the arrest Saturday night. That information was not available Saturday night. 

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.— confirmed Saturday night that one individual was arrested for shoplifting, despite Internet reports of an armed robbery.

According to Internet reports, an armed robbery was foiled at earlier tonight by an off-duty out-of-town police officer.

However, Woburn Police confirmed Saturday evening that it was a "simple shoplifting arrest."

According to Officer David Simonds, who transported the individual to the station, one person shoplifted at Kohl's, ran away from officers, but was stopped by Woburn Police. At 6:30 p.m., that person was undergoing the booking process.

Police Chief Robert Ferullo said that three Woburn officers—Officer Michael Pacheco, Officer Dana Gately and Officer Simonds—were involved in the arrest, but all are on duty tonight.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., reports of an armed robbery at the Kohl's jewelry counter began to surface on Twitter and Facebook feeds. Just before 6 p.m., reports said that jewelry was recovered outside the store. Later, a report stated that an off-duty Winchester Police officer aided in the arrest. Woburn Police said Saturday only Woburn officers were involved.

At 6:15 p.m., Woburn Police cleared the store's Loss Prevention office and returned to the station. Mike Moura told Woburn Patch that he was at the store shortly after and it was open for business.

maria February 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM
These career criminals has to be stopped....we don't want to lose another police officer......I care and love police .........I hate these criminals getting free pass from the prison system to be out in the street......keep all criminals locked in those holding cell......

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