New Orleans Shoplifter Dresses Like a Police to Look Official

Mase Nguyen mugshot

Mase Nguyen mugshot

A New Orleans shoplifter returned to the store in police attire with hopes it would make her look official while returning stolen goods, authorities said.

Mase Nguyen was caught as investigators looking into a rash of shoplifting cases at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana, a police spokesman said.

Investigators watching security footage spotted the 31-year-old suspect stealing items by taking them into fitting rooms, hiding them and leaving the store without payment. She returned for a “refund” but clerks were suspicious of her.

So Nguyen came back dressed in a T-shirt with a star and crescent logo similar to the one used by NOPD. She also wore a gun and holster on her hip.

That didn’t work, either, police said.

Nguyen was arrested April 10, 2015 at Lakeside Shopping Center and booked on two counts of impersonating a peace officer.

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