WORCESTER – A Fitchburg woman allegedly broke into a store at Crompton Collective, stealing an iPad and jewelry, and returned hours later, only to be arrested by police.

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Officers went to Seed to Stem, in the collective at 138 Green St., about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday in response to a reported theft.

Officers discovered that a woman entered the closed store and took several items. Using surveillance footage, investigators came up with a suspect.

Officers obtained a warrant to arrest 39-year-old Tara Newman, according to Worcester police. Newman was later located in the area of 38 Front St.

She was in possession of most of the stolen merchandise, according to police. She is charged with two counts of breaking and entering during the daytime to commit a felony and larceny in a building.

In an interview, Seed to Stem co-owner Virginia Orlando said Newman took an estimated $2,500 to $3,000 in items, including an iPad used as the business’s register, sterling silver jewelry and rolls of quarters.

Orlando said the woman was observed on surveillance camera illegally entering the store through a back door about 7:45 a.m.

Newman returned about noon, potentially to steal more items, Orlando said. Police were summoned, and she was soon located on Front Street.

This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: Jewelry, iPad stolen from Seed to Stem gift shop; Fitchburg woman under arrest

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