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Cashier charged in purchase-return scam

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | Dec 19, 2017

Merrimack police photo Amy Featherstone, 29, of 49 ½ Bowers Street, Apt 1, Nashua

MERRIMACK – Police said an investigation by detectives and security personnel into a series of thefts at a local retail store has yielded an arrest.

Amy Featherstone, 29, of 49 1/2 Bowers St., Nashua – a cashier at the store – was taken into custody Friday by Nashua police, who served Featherstone with the warrant that Merrimack authorities had issued for her arrest.

She was charged with four counts of theft by deception, all class A misdemeanors, police said.

Featherstone was booked at police headquarters and later released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 23 in Merrimack district court.

Police didn’t name the store, but said that its security personnel, who are sometimes called “loss prevention associates,” reported that Featherstone, while working the cash register, had allegedly been “working with an accomplice” in the alleged scam.

They said the accomplice would allegedly come into the store, select various merchandise, then go to Featherstone’s cash register.

She then allegedly treated the items as if they were being returned, and allegedly give the accomplice the money, police said.

“After enough evidence was collected, a warrant was sought and signed for Featherstone’s arrest on four counts of theft by deception,” police said.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.


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