Cops: Four arrested for stealing from Gap

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

Four people are being held in Suffolk County jail after they were caught stealing nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise from a Tanger Outlet Center store Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Of the four, a man from Seattle and a woman from Queens are currently being held for immigration enforcement, county jail officials said.

Riverhead Town police were called to the Gap Outlet store about 4 p.m. when a security guard held two women and one man on suspicion of trying to steal items from the store, police said. A fourth person, another man, was found waiting in a nearby Mitsubishi Galant, according to a police report.

Police arrested Lucia Gomez, 34, of Miller Place; Preisila Alverez, 34, of Queens; Carlos Moran-Flores, 24, of the Bronx; and Jorge Mauricio-Astudillo, 38, of Seattle, Wash. at the scene.

It was not immediately clear who was inside the store and who was waiting inside the car.

The four were charged with grand larceny, police said. They were held overnight at police headquarters and arraigned in Riverhead Town court Sunday morning.

Ms. Alverez, Ms. Gomez, and Mr. Moran-Flores are all being held in Suffolk County jail on $10,000 cash bail, jail officials said. Mr. Mauricio-Astudillo’s bail is set at $50,000 cash.

Both Ms. Alverez and Mr. Mauricio will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers for further investigation after they have answered to their current charges, jail officials said.

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