Police: Parents Took Their 7 Kids Along For Toys ‘R’ Us Shoplifting Spree

Police: Parents Took Their 7 Kids Along For Toys ‘R’ Us Shoplifting Spree

It’s bad enough to go around taking things off store shelves and then not paying for them, but bringing along all seven of your children to help you shoplift is a whole new level of bad consumering. Yes, consumering. [More]

Shoplifters Make Effective Use Of Their Time, Dash Out Of Store With Rolling Racks

Shoplifters Make Effective Use Of Their Time, Dash Out Of Store With Rolling Racks

When you hear the word “shoplifting,” you might picture one person slipping a few small items into her purse, or a person layering extra clothes under their jacket in the fitting room. That’s not how large shoplifting operations roll. Literally roll, in the case of these thieves who took a few racks of merchandise out of a Sports Authority store near Chicago. [More]


Cop Buys $100 Worth Of Groceries For Woman After She Admits To Shoplifting

Truth be told, we like happy endings better than the ones that only serve to remind us that some consumers are doing things they shouldn’t. That’s why it’s especially warming in our old tickers to hear that after a single mother was stopped for shoplifting, the police officer involved went ahead and bought her $100 worth of groceries to resolve the situation. [More]


Police: Teens Suspected Of Shoplifting Had Fetus In Shopping Bag

Police in New York City say they made a shocking find after responding to the scene of what appeared to be another routine call. A security guard allegedly spotted two teens snagging lingerie yesterday afternoon at a Victoria’s Secret store and got the police involved. Cops say they then found a fetus in the plastic shopping bag of one of the girls. [More]


Lawsuit Claims Home Depot Is Shaking Down Accused Shoplifters

A new lawsuit aimed at Home Depot claims the company engaged in shakedown tactics to pressure and intimidate thousands of customers, accused of shoplifting, into paying millions of dollars to have those accusations dropped. The class-action suit says Home Depot would threaten customers with a lawsuit if they didn’t pay up, even when they had no intention of actually suing anyone. [More]

Man Steals Puppies By Shoving Them Down His Pants

Man Steals Puppies By Shoving Them Down His Pants

Puppies are small, cuddly, and pricey, so why not stuff some down your pants and shoplift them? That was the logic of a man in Florida, who stuffed a dachsund puppy and a pug puppy down his pants on two separate trips to an Orlando pet store. [More]

(Mark Clifton)

Always Have A Getaway Strategy For Your TJ Maxx Shoplifting Spree

It seemed like a gift from the crime gods: as an alleged shoplifter was trying to get away from police, there just happened to be an idling car right outside the nearby abandoned Borders. Police say that he got in and tried to make his getaway…and that’s when he learned that the vehicle had an interlock device meant to check the driver’s alcohol levels before letting the car move. [More]


Motorized Shopping Carts Are Not For Drunken Shoplifting

If you’re going to make a daring escape from a grocery store after a dessert shoplifting spree, it’s probably wise to use something other than one of the store’s own motorized shopping carts. It didn’t end well for an Alaska man who tried to do just that at a Fred Meyer store last week. [More]

Just like Morgan and Jack! But not.

Pals Realize They Should’ve Added “Get Arrested” To Bucket List As Well As “Retail Theft”

Kids these days! They make these pacts, give in to peer pressure and end up– what’s that? Two adult women made a silly deal to do a bunch of stuff on their bucket lists and wind up in jail? Oh, well, that’s different then. And still ridiculous. [More]


Alleged Shoplifter Makes A Run For It, Loses Pants

Always dress for the task at hand. If you’re going on a long hike, wear layers. Going to the beach? Put on some sunscreen. Suspicious clouds in the sky? Pack an umbrella. And if you’re going shoplifting, for gosh sakes, make sure your clothes fit properly. And put on some underpants. [More]


You Could Steal A Lot In The Time It Takes To Read This 7-Eleven Anti-Shoplifting Sign (But It’s Worth It)

Usually, the signs you see posted at stores intended to identify, shame and/or deter known shoplifters are nothing more than a Polaroid with a name, maybe height and age. But this poster at a 7-Eleven store takes shaming up a notch, and introduces us to our new favorite phrase “sub sandwich erection.” [More]

(Great Beyond)

Is Seattle Plastic Bag Ban Actually Leading To More Shoplifting?

Last summer, Seattle enacted a ban on plastic shopping bags in the city with the intention of cutting down on waste and litter. Some reports claim that this ban has led to an increase in people shoplifting with the aid of reusable cloth bags, but do the numbers back that assertion up? [More]


Couple Foils Their Walmart Crime Spree With A Marital Screaming Match In The Parking Lot

The couple that shoplifts together, stays together — unless marital disputes get in the way, perhaps. A husband and wife team reportedly had a successful crime spree at an Illinois Walmart, allegedly boosting $2,400 in stolen merchandise without any store employees noticing a thing. But they sure paid attention when the two started a screaming match in the parking lot. [More]


Ambitious Thief Walks Out Of Costco With 24 Bottles Of Motor Oil Wrapped Around His Body

If you’re going to shoplift from a warehouse store, you might as well do it in bulk, right? At least that seemed to be the thinking of one California man, who used bungee cords to secure 24 bottles of motor oil to his body and then headed for the doors. [More]


Walmart Shoplifter Dies After Being Shot By Off-Duty Deputy

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy, working in uniform as a security officer for a Texas Walmart, reportedly shot an alleged shoplifter after being dragged by her car in the store’s parking lot. [More]


Hitting Up The Same Walmart Three Times To Shoplift Goes Poorly For Woman

Let’s be clear: The old adages “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” or “Third time’s the charm!” should not be applicable in shoplifting situations, or any kind of crime for that matter. But police in Texas say one woman’s failure to make it out of a local Walmart with purloined goods twice before didn’t prevent her from trying a third time. [More]


Going On A Family Shoplifting Spree Shouldn’t Count As Spending Quality Time Together

Spending quality time with the family is one of the basic tenets of the holidays, although we’re pretty sure it’s not in the spirit of the season to take that family act on a shoplifting spree. Cops say a mom recruited her two kids in a scheme to swipe $4,500 in merchandise from Best Buy, Kohl’s and Target recently. That’s one way to make sure you get everything on your wish list, albeit a very illegal one. [More]


It’s Much Easier To Find You If You Drop Documents Bearing Your Name While Shoplifting

Leaving not a trace behind when you commit a crime isn’t always so easy. Especially if you happen to have loose court documents bearing your name on them while attempting to flee the scene. A man suspected of shoplifting was attempting to flee a Duane Reade store in New York City when an onlooker saw something flutter out of his bag and scooped it up. Well, what do we have here? [More]