Shameless Shoplifters Calmly Walk Out of Lowe's Store with Packed Carts and Load Their Car
Two brave criminals recently walked out of a shop with a packed cart, and the footage has stunned many netizens. Police attribute this behavior to the sharp rise in shoplifting during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In August, a video was uploaded online that showcased a pair of thieves who decided to rob a Lowe’s store in Oregon. They are believed to have gotten away with thousands of dollars of merchandise.
While their heist was unexpected, the real shock came from how they went about their crime. Footage showed them calmly walking out of the store in Keizer.
DID NOTHING TO STOP THEM
Employees watched but did not do anything to stop them. One employee attempted to intervene and asked: “Can you show me the receipt?” When they could not give her any proof of purchase, another employee approached them.
He tried to stop them as they walked out of the door, pushing a full cart. However, the first employee indicated that he should leave them.
The employee said: “Hey, don’t do this. It’s not worth it.” A customer who witnessed the incident detailed some of the loot the duo purportedly stole. Andrew Sullivan said they made off with thousands of dollars worth of electrical wire.
“It was so blatant, that’s what riled me up. They were just strolling through the parking lot, just riding the carts.”
REPORTING THE INCIDENT
The brief clip also showed the men unload the stolen goods into their car before they drove away. “Report it, man,” one of the criminals seemed to shout at Sullivan, who continued recording them.
Keizer police Lt. Andrew Copeland stated that the Lowe’s store only reported the incident the next day. He said that certain jails were not taking in criminals charged for theft.
CAN'T GO TO JAIL
The suspected criminals are usually handed fines and then released. Copeland explained: “Once you’ve stolen from Lowe’s once and know they can’t stop you, there’s no real consequence. Second thing is, these people know they can’t go to jail.”
This protocol came as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Jails want to limit their populations during this time. The policeman continued to state that large companies like Lowe's sometimes have policies that don't work in their favor.
HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED ANY SUSPECTS
He shared that the rules of the store can prohibit employees from physically stopping suspected thieves. Keizer police Lt. Trevor Wenning indicated that no suspects had yet been identified.
This was despite the clip, which clearly showed that one of the men had an Air Jordan tattoo on his left leg. Netizens were stunned by the footage.
Another user said this type of thing happened regularly. They expressed: "Lowe’s policy is not to engage shoplifters to protect our associates. This happens every day at Lowe’s."
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