Adult Shoplifters are using Kids for theft at a Florida Walmart.
- Why do adult shoplifters use children to commit theft from retail stores?
- Do arrest reports show that parents teach their children how to be thieves?
- Interview by Jim Ross with the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper.
Podcast Time Stamps:
[00:39] — Show introduction by Crime School Security Expert Chris McGoey.
[03:39] — Interview begins by Jim Ross with the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper.
[03:50] — Police arrest parents shoplifting with 12-year old daughter at Walmart.
[04:52] — What is the frequency of older kids shoplifting with adults or parents?
[05:10] — In a case like this, is the child a victim, a shoplifter, or both?
[06:00] — Was a book written about using children called “Oliver Twist”.
[07:00] — Adult shoplifters believe children make them look less suspicious.
[08:10] — Parents normally do not shoplift in front of older children.
[10:05] — Most adults will not shoplift in front of their significant other.
[13:00] — Adult shoplifters hope loss prevention agents will be fooled by this.
[13:44] — Crime School Host Chris McGoey gives his thoughts about the story.
[14:50] — Corporate retailers have policy challenges regarding shoplifter detentions.
[20:00] — Corporate policy needs to address every detention/arrest protocol.
[20:55] — Criminal charges are sometimes reduced or dismissed by courts.
[21:25] — Retailers are sometimes exposed to civil liability from judicial decisions.
[24:00] — Whose rights are more important to protect: Criminal v. Retailer?
[25:58] — Shoplifters can file civil lawsuits when criminal cases are dismissed.
Adult Shoplifters with Children Challenge Loss Prevention
- Older children usually do not shoplift together with adults.
- Likewise, significant others generally do not shoplift together.
- Adults with infants in large baby carriages sometimes require monitoring.
- Adult shoplifters believe that children nearby make them less suspicious.
- Do a Google Search of “Walmart children shoplifting with parents Florida”
- Some adult shoplifters will abandon their children in-store to avoid capture.
- Retailers need policies on how to deal with adult shoplifters with children.
- Difficult to formulate a nationwide shoplifter apprehension policy.
- Legal/practical implications require local detention/apprehension standards.
- Cannot afford to let local police sort-it-out after a family theft apprehension.
- Decisions relating to the prosecution of a family of shoplifters requires caution.
- The criminal justice system can expose a retailer to detention/arrest liability.
- Shoplifter’s rights often get top priority during the judicial process.
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