Mall a target for professional thieves

Tanger Shoplifters Make Getaway




Alleged shoplifters were captured on security cameras at Barney’s Outlet in Riverhead.

Riverhead’s Tanger Outlet mall attracts thousands of shoppers every day, but also its share of shoplifters. It keeps local merchants, town and county police, and security personnel on their toes.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town Police are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate two men they say stole $4700 worth of clothing from Barney’s New York Outlet. Crime Stoppers said two surveillance camera images captured the thieves in the act.

A cash reward of up to $5000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about the incident can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and a message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages, and emails will be kept confidential, police said.

In other news, Southold Town Police arrested and charged a local man with DWI after he fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle around 8:13 PM on the night of April 24. Police said they observed a 2012 Chevy Silverado obstructing traffic on Youngs Avenue. Police alleged the driver, Christopher Durandetto, 32, was sleeping behind the wheel. His truck was impounded and he was held for arraignment.

Also in Southold, a thief made off with a haul of landscape equipment on April 28. A Southold resident told police that the equipment was missing from his barn. The missing items include four 8500 Red Max blowers valued at $2000, one concrete asphalt saw, and two gas Stihl trimmers valued at $1000. The man said the equipment was taken the previous day between 10 AM and 3 PM. No suspects have been located.

rmurphy@indyeastend.com