Shoplifting Numbers Up in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD – Shoplifting
numbers are up about 20 percent in Chesterfield County and with back to school
shopping in full swing, there's already been 67 cases reported this month
alone.

Most of the thefts are happening
at large stores like Kohls,Target, Walmart, and Ross. These businesses have
their own loss prevention officers so most of the time, the shoplifters are
caught.

In 80 percent of
shoplifting cases in Chesterfield, the thief is found, charged and prosecuted.

“Normally, a loss
prevention officer witnesses these crimes in progress and then detains the
person until patrol officers can get there and make an arrest,” says Lt. Steve
Grohowski.

Some of shoplifting the
suspects might surprise you – mothers with kids buying back to school clothes.

That's not only happening
here but across the country.

 

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of
Richmond

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