A 53 year old St. Thomas female decided to shop at a local grocery store without paying for the items she selected. On November 5, 2014, at 6:30pm the female selected clothing and entertainment items totalling $115.00 and exited the store making no attempt to pay for them. A Loss Prevention Officer observed the incident and placed the female under arrest and contacted the St. Thomas Police Service.

The female was charged with theft under $5000.00 and released with a future court date.

Believe it or not the Christmas Holidays are right around the corner. We are asking store owners to be aware of the customers in your store, be cautious of groups entering, and the distraction techniques they use for thefts. Extra staff may be required to limit your losses this season. When customers are using credit cards to purchase items remember to check for photo Identification to ensure they are the proper card holder. Security cameras are a great deterrent for theft as well. At the end of every day ensure your cash float has been secured, and kept to a minimum. Double check all doors to ensure your business is locked and the alarm is set before you leave. Also please ensure that you have provided us with an up to date emergency contact list should anything happen during non business hours.

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