WASHINGTON COUNTY - Santa Claus wasn't the only one making a list and checking it twice during the holiday season. While arresting shoplifters, investigators found that the thieves carried shopping lists.
Such shoplifters, known as "boosters," take orders from people, steal the items on the list, and sell the stolen goods at a reduced price or sometimes in exchange for drugs, said Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
One "booster" told investigators she was making more than $1,500 a day shoplifting, Alton said.
Shoplifting is an ongoing problem year-round, but generally increases during the holidays because of the high volume of shoppers, Alton said. Store loss-prevention teams can't keep an eye on everyone, he said.
Electronics and other entertainment items are frequently targeted by thieves, said Shannon Brown, team leader of assets protection at the Hagerstown Target.