Scituate Preschool Teacher Arrested Following Shoplifting Spree in Mashpee Commons

A Scituate preschool teacher did some early holiday shopping at some of the toniest shops at Mashpee Commons earlier this week, but she did not pay for a thing.

Simone Christenson, 44, of Scituate was arrested on Monday afternoon on six counts of shoplifting after allegedly stealing more than $1,100 worth of merchandise from six stores.

According to police reports on file at Falmouth District Court, Ms. Christenson allegedly stole merchandise from Vineyard Vines, Williams-Sonoma, Talbots, Pottery Barn, Chico’s, and Village Trading Company.

When confronted by Mashpee police officers called to Mashpee Commons to investigate the thefts, Ms. Christenson confessed to stealing from Vineyard Vines and Williams-Sonoma, but could not produce receipts from the other merchants, reports indicate.

In the court files, Ms. Christenson lists her occupation as a preschool teacher at the Owl’s Crossing Preschool in Scituate. Her photograph appears on the school’s website.

In addition, Ms. Christenson is also listed online as being 2013-2014 co-chairman of the parent-teacher organization at the Cushing Elementary School in Scituate.

As of press time, phone calls for comment to the Owl’s Crossing Preschool and Cushing Elementary School were not returned.

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Ms. Christenson was arraigned on Tuesday morning and she was released on personal recognizance. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for January 3, 2014.

“This is the end result when merchants are observant and report observations in a timely manner. We all need to be vigilant about this type of activity, especially at this time of year. In this instance, there was a quick response by law enforcement, and the officer was able to identify the suspect, and we were able to recover a lot of stolen property,” Mashpee Police Chief Rodney C. Collins said.

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