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Sterling Heights — An off-duty trooper helped stop two women from allegedly stealing more $1,500 in Victoria’s Secret merchandise at Lakeside Mall, according to the Michigan State Police.

The unnamed trooper was approaching the Victoria’s Secret register around 11:30 a.m. Thursday when the sales clerk indicated she just witnessed three women leave the store carrying large bags of unpurchased merchandise, officials said. The trooper identified himself as a police officer, prompting the suspects to flee through the mall.

After a brief struggle, the trooper detained a 23-year-old Toledo resident, officials said. The mall’s loss prevention officers were able to arrest a 20-year-old Toledo resident without incident.

More than $1,500 in stolen merchandise was recovered after the arrests, officials said.

“It was a little bit of everything,” Lt. Mike Shaw said of the stolen goods. “I think there was lingerie, bras, everything that could be bought in there.”

The third suspect got away, he said. She likely made off with some stolen merchandise.

“All three of them had large bags with them and we only recovered two bags,” Shaw said.

The two detained suspects were turned over to Sterling Heights Police for prosecution.

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