July 2, 2011 |
Stung by a new breed of sophisticated thieves, the nation's major retailers are fighting back. These well-organized crime rings have added tough new challenges for merchants who have long contended with petty shoplifters and their own light-fingered employees. Although those concerns remain, retail chains today are plagued by gangs of highly specialized thieves who steal thousands of dollars of merchandise at a time and sell the goods for profit. There are groups of thieves who make fake price tags, put them on merchandise and purchase the items at a fraction of the actual price.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1990 |
Despite objections by the prosecutors, a Municipal Court judge Wednesday dismissed a grand theft charge against a former Japanese dignitary whose shoplifting case was initially dropped after Mayor Tom Bradley contacted police at Los Angeles International Airport. Judge Ronald Schoenberg granted a request for a "civil compromise" by defense attorneys representing Yukio Umemura, 59, and ordered him to pay $300 in court costs.
July 9, 1989 |
Anne Droid looks like a typical mannequin, except for an unusual twinkle in one eye. That twinkle means Anne Droid can "see" you. She can also "hear" and even "remember." Anne Droid is a surveillance mannequin designed to watch for shoplifters, an idea that has caught the eye of some retailers. "My wife is a jeweler," says F. Jerry Gutierrez, Anne Droid's creator. "We were in a jewelry store and they had a TV monitor set up, but I couldn't find the camera.
December 12, 2011 |
Kaushik began shoplifting gum balls at age 7 and eventually graduated to carbonated beverages, books, expensive name-brand deodorant and hair gel, usually from high-end malls. He didn't need to swipe the merchandise; his family was comfortably middle class. But Kaushik, now 28, relished the adrenaline rush and his ability to look calm as his heart raced. "It's totally the thrill, the sense of power of hoodwinking the security," said the New Delhi media employee, who would give only his first name, adding that he had quit stealing six years ago. "I had no moral dilemma, only concern over the legal ramifications if I got caught.
October 18, 2013 |
A 17-year-old girl could face charges in connection with the death of her fetus that she carried in a shopping bag while allegedly trying to steal goods from a Victoria's Secret store, New York police said Friday. The Brooklyn girl, and her friend, also 17, of Queens were arrested Thursday night at the Manhattan lingerie store on suspicion of shoplifting. Both are in custody and have been charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property, according to the New York Police Department.
April 7, 2001 |
A woman suspected of shoplifting died in a struggle with security guards outside a drugstore in the third such death in the Detroit area in less than a year. The woman, whose name was not released, was detained by guards inside the store after she tried to leave with $200 worth of merchandise, police said. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.