Police: Holiday Shoppers Provide Cover For Shoplifting Pros

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

A pile of damaged goods left behind in a parking lot. (credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

A pile of damaged goods left behind in a parking lot. (credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The holidays always bring Christmas shoppers to malls, but the season also brings people looking for a ‘5-finger discount.’ It’s not that there’s necessarily more retail crime going on, but crowded stores provide thieves with cover.

“They’re [retailers] fully staffed, they’re all on their guard for this,” explained Major Robert Sherwin, with the Dallas Police Department’s Property Crimes Division. “But ‘boosters’, is what we call these people who go out and professionally steal, the boosters are out in force because the crowds [unintentionally] help them conceal getting this product out.”

Remember shoplifting, plain and simple, is stealing so that can come in many different forms. Major Sherwin quoted a statistic from the National Retail Federation (NRF). “About 50-percent of retailers loses come from employee theft.”

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