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Shoplifting Picks Up During Holidays

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — As the holiday shopping season gets underway local police departments are dealing with shoplifting.

Springfield Police are looking for a man they say grabbed a computer tablet from the CVS at 1242 Parker Street on November 5th.  Surveillance photos show the man walking right behind the counter.  This comes after two were arrested over the weekend for allegedly shoplifting at the Sears on Boston Rd.

Holyoke SGT. Kevin Thomas says shoplifting increases this time of year because there are more opportunities.

“You have larger crowds and the security staff in these stores aren’t able to watch everybody,” said Thomas.

He adds shoplifters tend to either be teenagers trying to get gifts or professionals making their living.

As police prepare for increased calls for shoplifting stores are also stepping up this season.

“As we get busier we staff more people on the floor all the management gets out. I staff more people on a daily basis,” said Bridget Martin, Cedar Chest manager.

Martin says they tend to see people work as a team to distract her staff to swipe goods.

“If they are up to something we usually see it and hyper vigilant tends to be our biggest defense against shoplifting,” said Martin.

The Northampton store also has security cameras and reflective mirrors.

Shoplifting costs the retail industry billions of dollars each year. It also impacts consumers who in the long run could pay more for products as companies try to recoup their losses.

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