CrimeFighters Work To Stop Growing Underground Shoplifting Ring


UPDATED: Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:59 PM

Retail workers are part of a growing push to stop an underground crime ring.

Authorities say organized retail crime costs the United States an estimated $30 billion a year.

Organized retail criminals steal large quantities of popular name brand items like Similac, Tide, Gillette and Red Bull.

Kroger Spokesperson Jackie Siekmann said these criminals do their homework.

"They know where the cameras are, they know where the exits are, they know where the security guards are. They know where the product is that they want and they're in and out the door within two minutes usually," Siekmann said.
 
Siekmann said Kroger associates are now trained to walk up to organized criminals and stop them before they walk out and sell the stolen goods to a third party.

"A bottle of Tide can go for $5 to $6 when they resell it to the market. That market then sells it for full value. So they call it liquid gold tide because people know the orange bottle," said Siekmann.

In addition to training associates, Kroger takes other steps to stop these criminals, including marking products with hard-to-remove stickers and requiring special keys to get some products off the shelves and out of the box.

Siekmann said Kroger is one of several major retailers working to stop this network of thieves.

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