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So many people stole items from this Lowe’s store that police set up a sting operation

Matthews Police Department

So many items were stolen from a Lowe’s home improvement store in Matthews that police and Lowe’s security set up a sting operation that resulted in 14 arrests, police said Tuesday.

The operation, from mid-April until mid-May, included “surveillance, increased uniform and undercover patrols, intelligence and crime analysis,” according to a Matthews Police Department news release.

The police effort followed a “significantly high number of thefts” in recent months at the store in the 2100 block of Matthews Township Parkway (N.C. 51), police said in the release.

Police filed a total of 30 charges, served 69 outstanding warrants and closed 16 larceny-from-auto and five mail theft/financial fraud cases by arrest, according to the release. Authorities recovered $5,870 in stolen property.

“Organized retail theft is unfortunately an ongoing problem for many jurisdictions in our region,” police said in the release. “We want our citizens, business owners and visitors to know that we are highly focused on this issue and will continue to use every measure at our disposal to combat it.”

Lowe’s is based in Mooresville.

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