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Former Macy's worker accused of stealing almost $5,000 in watches, clothes

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By Margaret Harding
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 1:24 p.m.

A former Macy's employee stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Downtown retailer, Pittsburgh police said.

Police on Monday obtained an arrest warrant for Larry Harris Jr., 20, of Penn Hills charging him with three counts of burglary. He has not been taken into custody.

According to a criminal complaint, Harris was a part-time stock worker who walked off the job on Dec. 21. Store video surveillance showed a man using Harris' employee number enter the store early the morning of Dec. 24 and take a watch from a display case. The man, later identified as Harris, is seen carrying a Macy's bag with unknown items out of the store on Fifth Avenue. A store employee told police close to $800 worth of items were stolen.

Police said Harris twice more gained access to the store by standing with a group of employees waiting to go in the employee entrance on Forbes Avenue early on the mornings of Aug. 30 and Sept. 5. Nearly $4,000 worth of merchandise, including clothing, cologne and watches, were stolen in those thefts, the complaint said.

In an interview with detectives, Harris reportedly admitted stealing the items on the three dates and said he was wrong for stealing. He returned three watches, six pairs of socks, a Tommy Hilfiger backpack, a Ralph Lauren ball cap, shirts, shorts and other items of clothing, the complaint said. When police asked about the remaining merchandise, Harris said he gave some of the items away and couldn't get them back.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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