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Friday, July 18, 2008

We caught a couple of shoplifters in the shop today. This is a picture of what the women tried to get away with. They had emptied their purses in their car and brought their empty purses in the shop so that they could fill them up.

We have trouble with shoplifters from time to time but usually they put the stuff back and leave after they know that we're on to them.

These women were either stubborn or just not super smart criminals...they stayed in the shop while dad stood there "straightening" right next to where they were, they stayed after mom told me to call the non-emergency police number to ask if someone could come do a walk-through, they even stayed while I talked on the phone to the dispatcher on the non-emergency number and DESCRIBED them in detail...and you all know, I'm not a quiet person and neither is mom! The women either wanted to get caught or were so focused on not getting caught and seeing where dad was while he was watching them that they didn't hear me on the phone for a good 5 minutes waiting for the police to get here!

I want to say how much we appreciated the police that responded to the call. I didn't get their names because dad was the one dealing with them while I was taking care of customers, but they got here super quick and then handled everything really really well. They didn't scare any of our other customers off either, which was something we had been kind of worried about.

The women actually got taken away in the cop cars. I don't know what happened to them after that though. Hopefully they learned a lesson, but really, more than that, I just hope they don't come back to the shopping center...then at least we would have to worry about two less shoplifters coming around.

Can you believe what some people will do? It's crazy...

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you all. This is something we deal with and this is true for every shop in Warren County...people think that if they just take one or two little things, they think, "How can this make any difference?" does though. Also I wanted to brag a little on our community's police (at least the ones who were here for us!) and about the efficiency of our non-emergency police number - 668-7000!

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