NUTLEY, NJ - A masked thief was caught on camera Thursday afternoon taking masks from a local retailer on Franklin Ave.

Pretty Handy made headlines with their mask making operation. For the past several weeks the team has made masks from donated fabric and elastic. The masks are sold through their online store and delivered locally. The proceeds from the sale of masks were donated to the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad. 

Response to the masks has been positive, so many orders have come in that the "mask-eteers" are about a week behind in fulfilling orders. 

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On Thursday afternoon, a male party, dressed in black and wearing a disposable medical mask, entered the building and took several masks.

Unbeknownst to the actor, he was caught on camera. The lobby camera captured the party approaching the masks before taking several. As he proceeded to leave, he paused at the top of the steps and looked around, possibly to see if there was a camera. He then reached back and took more masks before exiting the building.

The masks are kept just outside the door of Pretty Handy to make the pick-up of masks without contact. This method also allows those sewing masks inside to not be disturbed by customers picking up orders. This process has been going on for several weeks without incident, until today.

A report was filed with the Nutley Police Department. 

Today's incident has not deterred the owners from continuing. In addition to masks, their online store sells locally made arts and household items, as well as locally made food. 

The retail shop is closed right now, but residents can shop their online store at Free delivery is available for Nutley addresses. 

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