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Good-smelling Nashua man accused of stealing cologne from department store

NASHUA – Police charged an employee of a cleaning service working third-shift at a city department store with robbing the store by trying to steal cologne.

Police were called to the Target store at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Daniel Webster Highway around 9 a.m. Friday for the report of a shoplifter armed with a knife who had fled the area on foot, police said. ...

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NASHUA – Police charged an employee of a cleaning service working third-shift at a city department store with robbing the store by trying to steal cologne.

Police were called to the Target store at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Daniel Webster Highway around 9 a.m. Friday for the report of a shoplifter armed with a knife who had fled the area on foot, police said.

Nashua police Lt. Jeff Maher said loss prevention officers at the store had become suspicious of Denis Velez, 33, of 901⁄2 Pine St., Nashua, and began investigating him. On Friday police said Velez was caught taking bottles of cologne and they confronted him. That’s when Velez pulled out the knife and then fled the store on foot, Maher said.

Maher said he was at the store working for a company Target hires to clean the store during the overnight hours.

Based on the description Target employees gave them, detectives found Velez and charged him with robbery, a Class A felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, police said.

He was held on $7,500 cash or surety bail following his arraignment at Nashua district court on Monday, police said.

– JOSEPH G. COTE