Police: 4 Separate Shoplifting Arrests Reported

Philadelphia police respond to incidents at Kohl's and Super Fresh.

Roxborough's bigger chain stores recently fell victim to several shoplifting crimes. arrested four people in separate incidents recently, mostly at the Kohl's in Andorra.

In late July, police arrested four people for shoplifting from Kohl's (three times) and Super Fresh over the course of five days.

Security at Kohl's, located at 8500 Henry Ave., reported July 27 that two men took more than $200 worth of hats, clothing, shoes and socks, and left the store without paying for them. Security detained the men before Philadelphia Police arrived on site and arrested them.

The next day, July 28, security viewed someone attempting to steal jeans while monitoring them on closed-circuit television. Security detained the person after he exited the store without paying for $320 worth of Levi's jeans. Philadelphia Police arrived and arrested the man.

On July 29, a woman attempted to shoplift from the Super Fresh at 7162 Ridge Ave. The store manager told police he observed a woman place various food items in her bag and attempt to leave without paying for them. She was detained and police arrived and arrested her.

And in the largest attempted theft, a woman tried to steal almost $500 worth of items from Kohl's July 31. Security observed the woman conceal jewelry, sleep wear, fragrances and sunglasses through closed-circuit TV. She left without paying for them, but was detained and arrested.

All items were recovered in these incidents. The alleged thieves were charged with misdemeanor theft charges. Philadelphia Police did not release their names.

Duke August 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I think that a suspected shoplifter may only be detained for a reasonable time. This usually means enough time for the security guard to conduct a reasonable investigation of what has occurred and for the police to arrive.
Duke August 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I think that if a shoplifter can just walk out of a store without store security having permission to detain the shoplifter the store would be out of business fast.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo August 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Interesting question, Al. I'm sure there's protocol in place (especially for bigger chains) but I'm not positive. Maybe I can have the police explain it a little more. Thanks for the question.
Dan Mmenm August 28, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Stores usually have rules in place that they cannot detain by force to protect against suits. Private entities as people and businesses are generally not allowed to use force to detain on suspicion of theft. Although its unlikely a D.A. would attempt to prosecute someone who ended up being correct on the theft, the possibility of a charge is still present.
al September 03, 2012 at 02:51 PM
As a store manager at a major chain our policy is.When you are 100% sure ,and the suspect is past all point of sale you identifie youself as a store employee.If they run you do not persue we call the police.If they decide to swing on you we do not swing back ever.If we can detain the suspect without any danger to us the suspect or other customers we will if not let them go it is now a police matter


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