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Brazen Shoplifters Strike Again, Take Clothes From Cary Store

Posted July 29, 2003 2:48 a.m. EDT

— Daring criminals are going for the quick strike, targeting stores across the Triangle from Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Morrisville.

They are not average shoplifters. They are getting away with thousands of dollars worth of goods using the Grab-and-Dash.

Cary police say a man and his partner are stealing thousands of dollars in clothing from department stores.

Police hope images from Hecht's surveillance video will help catch the brazen thieves.

Usually, shoplifters try to hide what they are doing, but police said that is not a concern for these robbers.

The Hecht's surveillance camera films a suspect grabbing a pile of shirts. Seconds later, he is running for the door. Security officers raced after him, but his getaway car and driver were waiting. They escaped with $800 in shirts.

Four days later, in the same store, inside the same door, another man walked in and grabbed another load. On his way out, he took a handful of pants -- another $800 worth. On Monday, the thieves struck again at Hecht's.

According to police, the two suspects got away with $5,000 worth of clothes from stores at Cary Towne Center. Police said it is just a matter of time before they catch the suspects.

It is estimated that retailers lose more than $31 billion a year in thefts. The problem is bigger than car thefts, bank robberies and home burglaries combined.

Customers usually end up paying more to make up for what thieves are walking away with.