If you’re charged with shoplifting as a teenager, you may face worse consequences than just a slap on the wrist from the retailer and the wrath of your parents. In response to a rise in lost money from stolen merchandise, retailers in Illinois and across the country are taking an increasingly hard line with shoplifters of all ages, in some cases reducing the age to press charges from 18 to 16 and the “reasonable” period to wait for the parents [...]
Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft
“It’s a victimless crime.” “It’s not that big of a deal.” “The company that makes this already has plenty of money—they’re not suffering.” These are the kinds of excuses used to rationalize retail theft, also known as shoplifting, and make it sound less as a crime and more as a Robin Hood-esque act of liberation.
Retail theft may not seem like that big a deal when you’re slipping a bottle of mouthwash or a pair of designer jeans under [...]
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While most shoplifting in U.S. stores is carried out by college-educated individuals who simply act on impulse and steal low-value items, it can very well be turned into a lucrative business that can pay for a luxurious lifestyle.
This is exactly the case of a family from a Chicago posh suburb, who stole $7 million in merchandise from stores all over the country during a 10-year shoplifting spree. Their main targets included toys, dolls, cosmetics, [...]
1.1 million shoplifters stole more than $189 million worth of goods in 2012, according to the 25th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by loss prevention consultancy firm Jack L. Hayes International. The 23 large retail companies that participated in the survey reported more than 70,000 dishonest employees – 5.5 percent more than in 2011 – and managed to recover nearly $50 million from apprehensions.
Industry experts estimate the value of organized retail theft industry anywhere between $15 billion [...]
Shoplifting. Sometimes it’s an innocent oversight that spiraled out of control, and sometimes, well, you did it. What next? Even though shoplifting is usually a misdemeanor, you can still face jail time, still have to pay a hefty fine, and still have a theft charge on your record to contend with for the rest of your life. So even though shoplifting is often considered a petty crime, it’s something you’ll want to take care of swiftly and thoroughly.