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Police nab suspect believed to be a repeat shoplifter in Santa Barbara

A woman suspected of being a repeat shoplifter downtown has been apprehended by Santa Barbara police on the first day of a busy holiday season.

Employees of Saks Off 5th called 911 as soon as they recognized a person who has allegedly committed shoplifting crimes before in the store. Police were notified about 7:45 a.m. The store opened early this morning.

The investigation is on going and the name of the person taken to the police station has not been released.

A patrol unit was close to the store on State St. and Carrillo and saw the suspects vehicle parked, facing out towards the street from a small lot behind the back door.

In moments a woman with an arm full of items, came out.

She was detained and handcuffed on the scene.

Police say the store has a strong loss prevention program with well trained employees who often spot, detain, or later identify shoplifters for authorities.

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