Man suspected of stealing $5,000 in merchandise from Walgreens stores

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DENVER — A man managed to steal more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from a series of Walgreens stores using what police believe is a specially designed coat to hide the items, police said.

The man, described as a black male in his late 30s or mid-40s with short dark hair and a neatly groomed mustache and beard, was seen at three Walgreens stores in Arvada and Golden on April 10 and four others in Jefferson County on April 11. He wore gray slacks, a gray sweater, a blue dress shirt, red tie and carried a black coat.

The coat appears to be used to conceal stolen merchandise, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said. It either has a false liner or some type of bag within the coat. In each instance, the man is seen walking into the store with the coat over his arm, and when he leaves the coat is over his shoulder. The man also purchased DVDs prior to leaving the store as a possible cover for the door alarm activating.

The man is accused of stealing items ranging from teeth whitening strips to weight loss pills to condoms, totaling about $5,100, police said.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office 303-271-5612.

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