Target employees help Lincoln police track down thieves

Published: Jul. 19, 2018 at 10:39 AM CDT
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Lincoln Police said Target employees helped authorities track down two thieves after they tried to make unauthorized purchases at the store.

LPD said on July 16, Nielsen Grueso and Nataly Cornejo stole a purse from Panera Bread and another from Whole Foods before heading to the Target at 40th and Yankee Hill Road.

Police said the couple tried to make several large purchases with stolen credit cards at the Target, when employees became suspicious and notified Loss Prevention.

The Loss Prevention officer asked the duo for identification, but the request was refused and they left the store.

A short time later, the two tried to enter the Target again and make another purchase, but the employees refused once again. In turn, the employees sent the pictures of them to other area Targets.

Later in the day, Grueso and Cornejo used a stolen credit card to buy an iPad at Best Buy, before traveling to the Target at 48th and O streets.

The employees at the Target immediately recognized the pair from the photos sent to the store, and police were called.

LPD initiated a traffic stop once Grueso and Cornejo left, and the stolen items were recovered.

They were cited and lodged for theft by deception and attempted unauthorized use of a financial device.