Police say shoplifters are slipping more expensive goods, more items in recent months
MIDLAND, Mich. (WJRT) – Shoplifting is a crime that is on a new trend as more expensive items are pulled from stores.
Some Mid-Michigan police departments are seeing an increase in these types of crimes, as people try to get away with televisions, power tools, and even generators.
“On average, it can range from $ 500 to $ 1,000 or more in a single case,” says Midland Police Detective Sgt. Ryan Dunslager.
The Midland Police Department is investigating several retail frauds, including a number of high-priced items. They are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who walked out of a store without paying. Shoplifters are stepping up their game.
“A lot of people think that retail fraud could be something you can grab and put in your pocket, what we are seeing is not, it is, it could be a shopping cart and something. thing so full of articles and pushed out, ”says Dunslager.
Two people from Clio were arrested this week in a Bay County Meijer, trying to leave the store with around $ 3,700 in items without paying, including a number of video games and calculators.
They have both been charged with 1st degree retail fraud, a felony that can carry up to five years in prison.
In Midland, Dunslager says big box hardware stores are hit hard, with high-end items coming out of stores.
“We’re seeing more and more theft, construction equipment, hand tools, power tools, things like that, more and more high-priced items,” he says.
The Saginaw Township police saw the same thing, with a person trying to leave a store with a generator.
Dunslager says in some cases people may want construction equipment, but in some of the city’s newer cases people have other reasons to steal.
“Items that are stolen and then resold or traded somewhere, whether for drugs or cash,” says Dunslager.
If you have any information as to the identity of the man seen in this photo, you are encouraged to call the Midland PD Detective Bureau at 989-839-4739.
You can remain anonymous.
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