KITTERY, Maine — Three people from New York were arrested by police Friday afternoon for allegedly stealing approximately $8,000 worth of clothing merchandise from the Outlet Malls.

Isabel Pimental, 44, of Corona, N.Y., Paola Castillo, 46, also of Corona, and Oscar I Mosquera, 33, of Briarwood, N.Y., were each charged with a Class C felony of receiving stolen property following an investigation by police.

Police responded to the Outlet Malls on Friday at about 1 p.m. after a store manager reported suspicious activity and possible theft occurring within a department store, according to a press release issued by Kittery Chief Paul Callaghan.

Responding officers began an investigation and positioned themselves to monitor the Outlet Mall area.

As the officers began alerting other stores in the area, the suspects reportedly became nervous and stashed a portion of the stolen merchandise in a separate store where no thefts had taken place.

Kittery police subsequently arrested the three suspects after following the trio to their rented van.

All three suspects were held on $1,000 cash bail and are scheduled to appear in York County Superior Court on Dec. 27.

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