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Stolen goods found at Venice

December 20, 2001

Stolen goods found at Venice



An employee at a Hagerstown hotel making cleaning rounds discovered more than $20,000 in stolen goods from Prime Outlets stashed in a room Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the room at the Venice Inn on Dual Highway was assigned to a man who checked in Saturday and abruptly left Sunday,

"Something spooked him," said Lt. Rick Johnson.

On Monday, the cleaning crew let itself in to tidy the room and found "bags and bags of new merchandise," Johnson said.

The items, valued at $23,986, included binoculars, shoes, perfume and clothing, he said.

The sales tags were still on the merchandise from Banana Republic, Trade Secrets, American Tourister, Mikasa, Nike, Jockey, Maidenform and Liz Claiborne, he said.

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"The stores weren't even aware of the thefts until we contacted them," said Johnson.

Johnson said the person who took the items was skilled and "knew exactly what he needed to do to obtain the merchandise."

Police believe the thief stayed at the hotel before and registered under the same name.

He was described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet tall, with a thin build.

City Police investigated the thefts along with Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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