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Detective: Memphis is a 'hotbed' for holiday shoplifting

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Many shoplifters are unsure how to prevent shoplifting further when security is already in place in stores. Many shoplifters are unsure how to prevent shoplifting further when security is already in place in stores.
It is the time of year when law enforcement warns that with holiday shopping comes holiday shoplifting. It is the time of year when law enforcement warns that with holiday shopping comes holiday shoplifting.

(WMC-TV) - It is the time of year when law enforcement warns that with holiday shopping comes holiday shoplifting.

Shelby County resident Bill Burross says he is tired of having to pay for other people's attempts to get over on others.

"I think it's a terrible thing we have to bear the brunt of that kind of thing," said Burross.

Shoplifting suspects nearly ran over two police officers in Southaven Tuesday trying to get away after allegedly stealing from Dillard's.

The suspects in this case were arrested but many successfully ran away with the merchandise never to be seen again.

"It's about a $13 billion a year business that affects the consumers, the retailers, and it drives the prices up for the consumer," said Shelby Co. Sheriff's Office Alert Squad Detective Bo Beck. "Memphis is a hotbed right now. It's been a hot bed for years."

Many shoplifters are unsure how to prevent shoplifting further when security is already in place in stores.

"We're the shoppers we make up for that. The prices are gonna go up for on the products," said Beck.

The alert squad estimates there are approximately $27 million shoplifters in our nation. They usually steal from $2 to $200 per incident depending on the type of store.

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