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Employee Allegedly Steals Items from Bloomingdale's

The thefts allegedly went on for two months.

Employee Allegedly Steals Items from Bloomingdale's

A Somerville woman was charged with shoplifting Aug. 8 after it was discovered that she had allegedly been stealing items from for about two months, police said.

Zoila Sancho, 43, of Somerville, was charged with shoplifting around 11:49 a.m. Aug. 8 after she was allegedly found with $656 worth of merchandise from the store.

According to Bridgewater Township Police Sgt. Luke Daley, Sancho was actually an employee at the store during the time the items were stolen.

"They launched an investigation," Daley said, adding that it began when the items were found to be stolen.

In addition, Daley said, officials looked at the surveillance cameras, and went back and talked to Sancho about the situation before she was arrested.

Sancho was processed and released.

A South Plainfield man was arrested Aug. 11 for theft of mislaid property.

Ernesto Azana, 52, was charged around 1:59 p.m. Aug. 11.

According to Daley, this charge means that someone steals something that was left behind or lost instead of turning it in to police.

"The woman who reported the item missing said she believed she dropped it in the parking lot," he said.

Azana was processed and released.

Police are also investigating two separate incidents of theft and criminal mischief.

On Aug. 9, at 8:33 a.m., a resident reported that someone smashed the windshield and passenger's side window of his vehicle, while it was parked overnight.

And on Aug. 11, at around 1:15 a.m., a Bridgewater resident reported that someone stole $1,018 worth of tools from his vehicle.

For questions about this blotter, email audreyl@patch.com.

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