Losses from shoplifting not only negatively affect businesses, they also negatively affect consumers. Businesses charge higher prices for products to compensate for shoplifting losses. Deterring shoplifting and prosecuting offenders benefits everyone. That’s why one of our officers recently ran “the extra mile” to catch one.
On October 31, 2011 about 7:00 p.m., we were called by a Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) to one of our local businesses. The LPO reported a suspect concealing video games in his clothing.
As one of our officers was arriving, the LPO reported that he chased the suspect from the store out to the parking lot. The suspect then headed eastbound from the store. About this same time, our officer observed the suspect run right past the front of the police car.
Our officer got out of his car and chased the suspect. The foot pursuit continued into a farm field. The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands to stop, despite losing his shoe and spilling video games on the ground.
The officer eventually caught up to the suspect and was able to get him to the ground and place him in handcuffs. No injuries were reported. The suspect was transported to the Johnson County Jail to await his court appearance for theft and a drug possession charge.
If you search the web, you will find several sites that estimate annual retail losses in the billions due to theft. Any impact we can have to deter this crime is beneficial to everyone.