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Crime Blotter UPDATE: Shoplifting at Target

Vehicle on Chickasaw stolen and recovered.

Blotter information provided by LAPD Northeast Division and CrimeMapping.com

Sunday, May 29

At 3:45 p.m. on Sunday—Private security at the store in made a citizen's arrest of a man for shoplifting an undisclosed item worth $95.

Sunday, May 29

5 p.m.—A 1992 Honda Prelude was stolen from the 1500 block of Chickasaw Ave. and later recovered.

Suzanne May 31, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Shoplifting also occurs at the smaller stores as well. Luckily, the owners (at least near the ERB-Colorado intersection) have an informal network through which they alert each other to suspicious activity. But it's a problem, and it's not generally so-called "homeless people" causing it. (Those folks are routinely chased out of places like Target.)
Ajay Singh May 31, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Thanks for the insights, Suzanne. I wouldn't have thought the homeless are behind such thefts—they know better and are largely focused on bread-and-butter. I do understand from LAPD sources that shoplifters are regularly "busted" at Eagle Rock Plaza—and they do appear to have "a problem" (hey, Lindsay, how's the community service going?). It's intriguing that the smaller stores "alert each other to suspicious activity," as you suggest. What kind of suspicious activity would that be, though? And unless we're talking about serial shoplifters, how would such an intelligence network benefit store-owners?
mark June 01, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Um... It's hard to believe shoplifting doesn't occur everyday at Target. Probably not worth a news story. Hard to decide what's sadder though... shoplifting $98 worth of new stuff at Target or stealing a 1992 Honda Prelude.

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