Rise Expected in Shoplifting For Holidays
Retailers nationwide are expecting a rise in shoplifting this holiday season over past years, due mostly to the weak economy. According to numbers released by security company ADT Security Services, a rise in demand for theft and stores cutting back on security personnel have combined to make a rise from last year's nationwide total of $12 billion in losses likely.
$130,000 Stolen From Kmart By Employee
An employee at a Kmart in Central New Jersey was arrested this month and charged with stealing more than $130,000 in cash and merchandise during the year she worked at the store. According to the Courier News newspaper, the 21-year-old sales associate accomplished the theft both by carrying out unpaid-for electronics items out of the store, ringing up items without paying for them, and also fraudulently making returns in exchange for cash refunds.
Men Steal TV From About-to-Close Circuit City
A pair of Florida men apparently jumped the gun on the clearance sale at a Circuit City in the area, stealing a flat-screen TV from a store that will be closing at year's end. According to the Treasure Coast Palm newspaper, the two men took the TV and ran off; after one of the men lost his shoe in the escape, they were apprehended. The two thieves were charged with grand theft.