Police: Shoplifting suspect nabbed during police toy drive

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Police in Massachusetts say they have arrested a man who tried to shoplift items from a Target, while the officers were holding a toy drive outside the store.

Dartmouth police say that the department had held its annual Christmas toy drive outside the store on Saturday as Aim the protection of workers alerted the police to a man they say shoplifted from the store.

Detective Kyle Costa says the 42-year-old Patrick Machado, of Acushnet, had a number of items valued at approximately $120.

Machado was charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer. Costa says Machado apologized to the police after his arrest.

Costa says the officer, who arrested Machado held his Santa Claus hat on “in accordance with the spirit of the holiday.”

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