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Woman arrested after stealing hundreds of dollars in merchandise from Springfield store

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Officers have arrested a woman who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars of merchandise from a Springfield store.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said that around 1 p.m. Monday, police were called to Marshall's on Boston Road after employees reported a shoplifting incident.

"The Loss Prevention Officer at the store told the responding officers that a 'known' shoplifter had entered the store after getting out of a gold colored Altima and proceeded to steal hundreds of dollars worth of clothing, perfume and other items," Delaney explained.

Store employees confronted the female suspect and asked her to return to the store, to which she allegedly said "No", got into the car, and fled the scene.

A description of the car was given out and it was found a short time later in a driveway on Elizabeth Street.

Delaney added that officers knocked on the door and were allowed in by the homeowner.  He noted that once inside, those officers reportedly found that alleged shoplifter and the stolen items on a table.

A store employee was then brought in and reportedly positively identified the suspect. 

Police arrested 36-year-old Erika Parent of Springfield on a charge of shoplifting. 

Delaney said that Springfield Police have "zero tolerance" for shoplifting and work close with store security agencies through the city.  He added that Det. Gifford Jenkins is actively investigating other recent shoplifting incidents in the city.

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