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Boscov's Shoplifter Caught When Bag Broke, Police Say

Palmer Township man charged with trying to swipe items from Boscov's in Palmer Park Mall.

If at first you don’t succeed…

Police say a Palmer Township man tried to walk out of Boscov’s with about $260 in items he allegedly stole Sunday afternoon when a bag carrying the items broke and everything fell out.

But that didn’t stop the man. He gathered up the items, which included a Blu-ray player and two electric toothbrushes, found several empty Boscov’s bags under a cash register, placed the items in them and again tried to leave the store without paying, police say.

He didn’t succeed, however. He was stopped by a store loss-prevention official who kept him in custody until police arrived.

Jaspreet Singh Mandair, 40, of the unit block of Ridge Road, was charged with retail theft at the Boscov’s in the Palmer Park Mall. He was arraigned Sunday night by on-duty District Judge Jackie Taschner of Palmer Township and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Palmer Officer Patrick Clinese writes in a criminal complaint against Mandair that he was briefed by the loss-prevention official, who had been tracking the suspect’s alleged actions. The official told Clinese the following:

At around 4:50pm, Mandair placed two boxes of Green Turtle “fragrance cups” valued at $20 into a shopping cart. He then placed a coat over the items in the cart.

The suspect then went to the small appliances department, took two Philips electric toothbrushes with a total value of $100 and put them in the cart under the coat.

He then went to the major appliances department, took one LG Blu-ray player valued at $120 and put it into the cart. Next stop was the men’s accessories department, where he took a Levi’s wallet valued at $20 and concealed it inside his coat pocket.

It’s not clear if this was the coat inside the shopping cart or a coat the suspect was wearing.

Mandair then went to the dresses department, where he pulled an empty Boscov’s shopping bag out of his coat pocket, put the items in it and tried to leave the store without paying.

Then the bag broke, he found the other empty bags and again tried to leave. Then he was caught.

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