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Shoplifters Brazenly Steal Carts Full of Stolen Goods from Connecticut Store

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WASHINGTON (TND) — A group of what appear to be four individuals stole carts full of goods from a Connecticut grocery store Tuesday morning while shoppers filmed the thieves, per reports.

Three individuals can be seen on camera moving at least two entire cartfuls of liquid laundry detergent, and another cartful of laundry pods, paper towels and other household cleaning items, into two SUVs. The incident occurred at a Market 32 store in Oxford, Conn.

In the now-viral video, the suspects can be seen fleeing the scene after emptying their carts. A bystander threw a shopping cart in front of one of the vehicles, but the fleeing car drove through the obstacle with its door struggling to close.

The suspects were seen filling multiple shopping carts full of items inside the store, which “raised alarm” with the retailer’s employees, according to a police report from the Oxford Resident Trooper’s Office.

Police say they weren’t notified until 10 minutes after the incident had already occurred, which aided the thieves in getting away. Authorities report being notified via their “routine phone line” as opposed to the 911 line.

“Had 911 been contacted in a timely manner, police personnel would have been able to attempt to intercept those involved,” the police report said. “This office understands the optics of the video. We would like to remind everyone that when they observe a crime in progress, contact 911 immediately.”

As the investigation into the incident continues, the suspects’ identities remain unknown, and the Oxford Resident Trooper’s Office believe they were traveling in stolen vehicles. Police say they are working with asset protection personnel to obtain additional surveillance footage in an effort to identify those involved.