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Police arrest two in mall theft

ZhengTwo California men have been arrested, after police say they stole more than $17,000 worth of merchandise from Washington Square mall.

Xunhai Zheng, 33, and Jin Hua Lin, 22, were arrested by Tigard Police on Wednesday after the two went on a shopping spree with fraudulent credit cards across Washington County.

According to Jim Wolf, a spokesman for the police department, the two men were at the Nordstrom department store at Washington Square mall, on Wednesday. Wolf said that information about the men was distributed to Portland-area retailers after shop owners noticed the pair buying gift cards and merchandise with counterfeit credit cards.

Security at Nordstrom called police when the two men were spotted inside the store, Wolf said, and police from Tigard and Beaverton reportedly followed the men throughout the afternoon as they went on a shopping spree at Nordstrom and, later, the Macy’s department store at The Streets of Tanasbourne in Hillsboro.

LinThe duo was arrested in Northwest Portland after investigators followed them to their hotel, Wolf said.

Wolf said that officers searched of the room and found an extensive collection of gift cards and merchandise purchased with counterfeit credit cards.

Wolf said that Zheng and Lin are likely linked to several other shoplifting cases around the Portland area.

“We now believe they may be responsible for more than $100,000 of fraud purchases Metro-wide,” Wolf said, Friday.

The investigation is ongoing.

“This is quite extensive,” Wolf said.

Lin and Zheng are being held in the Washington County Jail. Both face charges of organized retail theft, aggravated identity theft and first-degree aggravated theft.

According to Wolf the men purchased more about $17,700 worth of merchandise in about an hour, and about $12,000 in merchandise at The Streets of Tanasbourne.

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