Vacaville police arrested an Oakland man Wednesday evening after authorities say he stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise during a shoplifting spree at a number of local businesses.

Christopher Cooper, 30, was taken into custody by officers responding to a report of a shoplifter at a sporting goods store in the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive around 5 p.m., Vacaville police Sgt. Vince Nadasdy said.

Officers contacted Cooper outside a convenience store across the parking lot, Nadasdy said.

During a search of Cooper's vehicle, officers reportedly found thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a confirmed eight (and suspected nine) stores -- six from the Vacaville Premium Outlets, Nadasdy said. Officers also identified merchandise from two stores that are not in Vacaville, and were attempting to contact representatives from the Westfield Mall in Fairfield.

Hours later, officers were continuing to track down business representatives from various stores to determine whether they were aware of the missing merchandise.

According to Nadasdy, Cooper utilized a tin foil-lined "booster bag" in order to sneak the merchandise past the various stores' anti-theft sensors.

An exact dollar amount for the stolen merchandise had not been compiled as of press time.

Cooper was booked into Solano County Jail.



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