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“Back to School” Shoplifter Arrested, Released on $25,000 Bond
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“Back to School” Shoplifter Arrested, Released on $25,000 Bond

Back to school shopping is expensive. Even with stores everywhere touting huge sales to help parents get their kids ready for the new school year, the cost can be prohibitive.

 

Recently, a Bedford Park woman took matters into her own hands by attempting to steal 90 back to school items from the local Walmart. She probably thought that it was no big deal, and may have even believed her choice justified.

 

But it wasn’t long before she discovered … Read More

Who Shoplifts? How Does This Help My Defense Strategy?
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Who Shoplifts? How Does This Help My Defense Strategy?

Do you remember being a teenager, shopping in a department store with your friends and being followed around by employees? Maybe you were accused of stealing or asked to leave.

 

This interaction is not uncommon, and has negative consequences for both customers and the store. Customers who are stereotyped as shoplifters are often discouraged from shopping at the store again – it’s not fun to be labeled as a criminal because of your age or appearance.

 

Moreover, the … Read More

9 Common Shoplifting Techniques Authorities Watch For
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9 Common Shoplifting Techniques Authorities Watch For

From neighborhood convenience stores to chain supermarkets to high-end retailers downtown, Chicago businesses of all kinds are being hit hard by shoplifting.

 

Retail theft crimes can affect these businesses in a big way, hurting profits, shrinking product inventory, and increasing production costs.

 

In response to rising rates of shoplifting in our city, retailers and law enforcement officials alike are taking serious measures to combat retail theft crimes. Law officers, loss prevention personnel, and store employees alike are trained … Read More

How to Defend Someone Who Has Admitted Guilt
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How to Defend Someone Who Has Admitted Guilt

Picture this: It’s a chilly winter’s evening in Chicago, and Michigan Ave. is aglow with Christmas lights and bright storefront windows. Snowflakes melt on the ruddy cheeks of shoppers as they bustle down the street with their arms full of bags, laughing as they make their way to the CTA station.

 

Everything’s peaceful and serene until suddenly—a siren goes off, and someone darts out of a high-end store holding an expensive necklace. Unfortunately for this person—let’s call him “Frank”—there’s … Read More

Steps Stores Are Taking to Prevent Retail Theft
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Steps Stores Are Taking to Prevent Retail Theft

If you’ve gone shopping recently, you may have noticed security cameras strategically placed around the store, merchandise with electronic article surveillance tags, or signs that said something like “We press charges for shoplifting.” Retail theft is a larger scale crime than most shoppers think, and many retailers have started taking extra precautions to minimize the loss of merchandise.

 

Nationwide, more than $13 billion worth of consumer goods are stolen every year. Each state is responsible for implementing its own … Read More