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Suspected Victoria’s Secret shoplifters had human fetus in bag

Suspected Victoria’s Secret shoplifters had human fetus in bag

SUSPECTED SHOPLIFTERS: A New York City police officer stands in front of the Victoria's Secret Herald Square store in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York. A security guard on the lookout for shoplifters searched two teenage girls as they left the lingerie shop Thursday afternoon, and discovered one of them was carrying what appeared to be a fetus in her bag, police said. Photo: Associated Press/Kathy Willens

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Security guards who stopped two 17-year-old girls suspected of shoplifting at a Victoria’s Secret on Thursday found a human fetus inside a bag one of them was carrying, New York City police said.

Both teens were placed in police custody after the discovery on Thursday afternoon at the midtown Manhattan lingerie store in Herald Square, New York City Police Detective Michael DeBonis said.

One of the girls was taken to Bellevue Hospital, police said. DeBonis declined to comment on local media reports that the girl taken to the hospital may have recently given birth.

“It was a human fetus,” said Sergeant John Buthorn. “The medical examiner will now determine the cause of death.”

Both girls were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny, Buthorn said.

“While inspecting the bags of the two females, security officers discovered a strong odor and found a fetus inside the bag of suspect No. 1,” police said in a statement.

The medical examiner’s office was not immediately available for comment.

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