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Police ID Shoplifter on West Side Mart Surveillance Video

The following information was supplied by the Wellesley Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A Salem man was arrested last week when police identified him shoplifting items from West Side Mart on Route 9.

Kenneth James Austin, 25, of 57 Loring St. Apt. #2, Salem was charged with two counts of shoplifting by stealing merchandise, third offense, malicious or wanton damager or defacement of property related to an outstanding warrant after police identified him committing a crime on West Side Mart surveillance footage Sept. 15.

Wellesley Police spokeswoman Lt. Marie Cleary said Austin was being detained at the West Side Mart Sept. 17, but had fled the area as cops were en route. On Sept. 19, police found Austin working at a nearby construction site.

Police determined Austin stole an item from the gas station’s convenience store on Sept. 15 and attempted to steal an item Sept. 17.

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