Thrilling True-Life Tales of Teenage Petty Theft

In 2009, a 25-liter tank of bull semen, embryos, and liquid nitrogen went missing from a farm in Canada. In 2011, another tank of bull semen (worth $110,000!) was stolen, this time from an Ohio outfit called Genetic Connections. In 2013, 200 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle were stolen from their distillery in Frankfort,… » 12/12/14 9:00am 12/12/14 9:00am

Resourceful Teen Busted for Stealing Rock Hard Erection Cream

An 18-year-old woman was arrested in South Carolina last week for shoplifting a number of essential items from a Spencer's at the local mall: Rock Hard erection cream, Deep Throat desensitizing spray, and a pair of handcuffs. » 10/27/14 1:50pm 10/27/14 1:50pm

'Bling Ring' Tumblr Shoplifting Community Gets Rocked By Outsiders

They go by names like Lift Witch, Klepto Princess and Lifting for Survival. They offer up weirdly worded disclaimers about how what they're doing is "fake" or that their stories are "fiction" or "roleplay." They repost and celebrate each other's victories. They are the young women who spend their time on Tumblr… » 4/26/14 4:30pm 4/26/14 4:30pm

Family Arrested After Seven Million Dollar Shoplifting Spree

A Chicago family's decade-long shoplifting spree ended on Wednesday when Branko, Lela and Julia Bogdanov were arrested for thieving more than seven million dollars in merchandise and selling the goods (toys, electronics, steak knives) from their home and on eBay. » 3/08/14 12:10pm 3/08/14 12:10pm

Woman Shot Dead by Walmart Security Guard on Suspicion of Shoplifting

We all know you're not supposed to shoplift, and even so, it's probably something most people have done at some point in our lives. Whether it's slyly slipping an Urban Outfitter's bespeckled owl necklace into your purse or stealing formula to feed your baby, I'm not here to argue the moral ambiguities of the… » 12/10/12 10:25am 12/10/12 10:25am

The End of an Era: American Apparel Finally Anti-Theft Tags Its Clothes

American Apparel is changing its way of doing business. The troubled hipster clothier — so renowned as a soft touch for shoplifters that Shoplifting From American Apparel is a novel that exists — is cutting perhaps the last tie to its earlier, looser, corporate culture. It is installing radio-frequency ID tags on all… » 2/20/12 4:00pm 2/20/12 4:00pm

Pregnant Shoplifter Attacks Store Employee With Hairspray She Was…


A pregnant woman in South Carolina was trying to lift a few things from a beauty supply store when one of the store's employees caught her red-handed. Rather than admit she was wrong and return the goods, Alexis Sade Hayes went on the attack. She hit the employee in the head with a can of hairspray she'd been… » 1/17/12 11:05pm 1/17/12 11:05pm

Shoplifting Is On The Rise, Thank God

Shoplifting is increasing, and this is good news for the economy, apparently! Last year, shoplifting cost the retail sector $37 billion, up from $33.5 billion in 2009. Because employee theft is the most common form of shoplifting, the fact that workers are increasingly inclined to exercise the good ol' five-finger… » 6/27/11 12:45pm 6/27/11 12:45pm

"Don't Bring A Gun To A Snowball Fight" • Stolen Auschwitz Sign…

• A Washington D.C. police office was caught on video this weekend waving his gun at a large group of adults having a snowball fight. When confronted, he said he drew his gun, ''because I got hit with snowballs.'' » 12/21/09 6:00pm 12/21/09 6:00pm

"Miss Landmine" Pageant Canceled • Freudian "Lock And Key" Mechanism…

• The Cambodian government announced it will not allow a "Miss Landmine" beauty pageant to occur."The landmine beauty contest would make a mockery of Cambodia's land mine victims. The government does not support this contest," said a spokesperson. • » 8/03/09 5:20pm 8/03/09 5:20pm

Tough Times: Is Shoplifting Ever Okay?

With the holidays fast approaching and the economy continuing to get worse, police are reporting a 10 to 20 percent increase in shoplifting across the country. How should retailers deal with this increase? » 12/23/08 9:30am 12/23/08 9:30am

Diet Tricks

Utah cops say a woman stole two 14-karat gold bracelets from a pawn shop by swallowing them. The bracelets, valued around $2,000, have been recovered. Police spokesman Jeff Bedard says he doesn't know just how the jewelry was collected. And frankly, we don't want to know. [CBS News] » 6/05/08 6:30pm 6/05/08 6:30pm

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