BOWIE, Md. (CBSDC) — Prince George’s County Police have charged Donnell Angelo Norman for the theft of roughly $40,000 in merchandise from a Nordstrom warehouse.
Police say the 32-year-old Norman, of Keepsake Place in Waldorf, was involved in an organized theft ring in which thousands of dollars of clothing, jewelry and other merchandise was stolen from the retailer’s warehouse.
Norman was a contractor working at the Nordstrom warehouse, located in the 800 block of Commerce Place in Bowie, who began to lift merchandise shortly after he was hired in May according to authorities.
On June 18, a loss prevention officers observed him opening boxes and putting merchandise in his car. He then returned to his job site and continued working.
Among the merchandise stolen were $2,000 watches, $500 shirts and $300 sunglasses.
Police say he aroused suspicion after wearing winter coat to work on a 97-degree day. He stuffed his coat sleeves with the stolen goods.
Norman would then return the merchandise to Nordstrom stores for a refund. He would also advertise the merchandise via cell phone photos to his friends and sell it at a 70 percent discount.
“[He] would sell it from his house like it was a Nordstrom Counter,” said Sgt. Aubrey Thompson of the Special Enforcement Division.
Norman was arrested on June 19 after police caught him with some stolen merchandise on his person.
While he was incarcerated, police executed a search warrant on his car, cell phone and home. They recovered approximately $2,000 in stolen goods from his car and $38,000 in merchandise, including jewelry and clothing from inside his home.
Authorities believe he may have actually stolen $60,000 in merchandise, but were only able to recover $40,000.
Norman faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Police say they are trying to locate the individuals who purchased the stolen merchandise from the suspect.