Shoplifters hit Hobby Lobby

September 22, 2011 • Local News

Two subjects got away with $200 to $300 worth of goods from Hobby Lobby, 4501 N. Main St., Tuesday, in what might be viewed as a brazen case of shoplifting.

According to Roswell Police Department’s Public Information Officer Travis Holley, the subjects filled a shopping cart with goods that were described as “large household items.” The subjects then preceded to leave the building without paying. Once in the parking lot, [auth] they a started loading a vehicle.

“When an employee followed the subjects out of the store and asked to see their receipt, they ignored her and continued to load their vehicle,” said Holley.

“They didn’t even try to run,” he said.

Holley commented that it was a shame because there was very little a lone employee could do in such a case.

In a recent seminar about shoplifting held for area shopkeepers at the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Sgt. Ty Sharpe said merchants should call 911 when a theft occurs. He did not recommend they intervene. “That’s what we’re here for. Your safety is paramount.”

He told them during the Loss Prevention seminar that they did not need to wait until something has been stolen. “If it looks suspicious to you, then it’s worth a phone call.”

Sharpe said the retailers should take advantage of the criminal trespass laws. “Once the person has been informed of trespass, they cannot return. If they come back a second time, we arrest them.”

The Loss Prevention seminars are ongoing. The meetings have been scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month. Interested parties should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 623-5695 for more information.

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