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If we catch anyone shoplifting we call the police Always We have zero tolerance for shoplifters said Steve Rice manager of Dillards at the Westgate Mall We see so much shoplifting across the board all ages Its a real problemCpl Lisa Cherry of the Amarillo police Crime Prevention Unit says when store personnel apprehend a teen for suspected shoplifting the store detains the teen and calls police Police take the suspect into custodyThe police run a check to see what the offenders status is with the department and evaluates the cost of the merchandise The suspect may be sent to the juvenile authorities or released to parents Juvenile offenders face stiff penalties of fines detention community service and even jail time Shoplifting is a major thorn in the side of local retailers and nationwide juvenile shoplifters account for 28 billion losses annuallyAccording to a National Retail Federation study teens account for 30 percent of shoplifters yet make up only 7 percent of the US population Many teen-agers look upon shoplifting as a harmless victimless act that stores can affordShoplifting affects more than the store and the offender it overburdens the police and law enforcement staff and adds to consumer costWestgate Mall holds seminars for its merchants with mock shoplifting demonstrations by area policeThe most recent one was in April with 68 percent of the mall merchants participating We had videos of shoplifters in action and talks by area police on how the shoplifter operates and what the merchant can do to spot them said Amy Frow assistant marketing director of Westgate Mallprices go up in every store and you end up paying for what was stolen parents friends ect all paystore have to up their prices beacuse they have to pay for all the theft pay for more security pay employees wages ect
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