NEW BEDFORD — The alleged theft of a large amount of seafood from a New Bedford business late last week is being handled internally rather than by police.

Police confirmed that a patrol unit was sent to 16 Hassey St., the location of Northern Wind premises, for a reported larceny just before noon on Friday, Oct. 21.

Unconfirmed scanner reports had noted that an employee reported an amount of product valued at around $15,000 as being stolen.

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A police spokesperson said the case involves the alleged theft of "a large amount of seafood" but added that "the company is handling it internally at this point."

Police did not confirm the estimated value of the product allegedly stolen.

No criminal charges have yet been filed in the matter, according to the spokesperson.

New Bedford police logs for Oct. 21 do not include an incident report on the alleged theft.

Northern Wind representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

According to the company website, Northern Wind was founded in 1987 by Ken Melanson and Michael Fernandes.

It produces and processes fresh and frozen seafood products, including more than 18 million pounds of scallops per year.

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