Two Boston women were arrested for stealing more than $6,000 in merchandise from stores in Massachusetts and Maine, according to police.
Forty-four-year-old Ana Oliveira and 32-year-old Melissa Lopes have been charged with larceny and receiving stolen property, and may face more charges.
Police in Saugus, Massachusetts, say loss prevention staff at Square One Mall called them on Friday evening after observing women steal from three stores inside the mall and taking the stolen goods to a vehicle, then going back inside the mall.
Officers quickly arrived and arrested Oliveria and Lopes, according to authorities, and found that they had more than $800 in stolen merchandise on them when they were arrested.
When they checked the vehicle, police say the officers saw a large quantity of merchandise in plain sight, so they got a search warrant for the vehicle and found that the merchandise was believed to have been stolen from the mall and outlet stores in Kittery, Maine.
Saugus Police say they then alerted authorities in Kittery and brought them into the investigation.
The investigation also revealed that Oliveira and Lopes allegedly stole 435 items from 15 different stores in Saugus and Kittery, valued at more than $6,000.
Oliveira and Lopes will be arraigned Wednesday in Lynn District Court.