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Man on 'Xanax Binge' Steals Socks, Police Say

The former Abington Police records room. Credit: Mischa Arnosky
The former Abington Police records room. Credit: Mischa Arnosky

Abington Police arrested a man late last month at Sears in Willow Grove Par mall after he allegedly stole some inexpensive socks, and attempted to steal a pair of earrings.

Alejandro Marentes Jr., 30, of Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia, was arrested Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m. after Sears loss prevention officers said they saw Marentes select a $14 package of socks and put it in the pocket of a sweatshirt that he was carrying over his shoulder. Marentes also selected a $140 pair of earrings and put them in his pants pocket, police said. 

According to police, Marentes was stopped outside of the store on the second level of the mall and was found to be in possession of the socks; it was determined that he discarded the earrings inside the store near the exit. The earrings were damaged and could not be resold. 

Marentes had glassy eyes and was slow to answer questions, police said. He also told police that he was on a "Xanax binge," the report continued.

Marentes has one prior conviction for retail theft, according to police. 

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