'Tis the Season for Holiday Shoplifting
Posted November 27, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST
CARY — Police say this holiday season shoplifting gangs are working their way up and down the east coast along Interstate 95.
So far they haven't targeted shopping malls in the Triangle, but police, and mall security are ready and waiting.
Police say holiday thieves will be somewhere in the crowds of shoppers looking to tuck away merchandise, and escape through the rush with gifts of their own.
"It they're looking to shoplift it is to be able to trade that item for something they have a stronger desire for," said Capt. Mike Murray of the Raleigh Police Department.
At Cary Towne Center, extra security will be on patrol, inside, and outside the mall.
"Our guys are constantly out there checking service corridors and loading bays and just anything out of the ordinary," said Gerry Davis, mall security director at Cary Towne Center.
To avoid being a target for these holiday thieves, shoppers who plan on leaving packages in their vehicles while shopping for more gifts should place them in their trunk. Or if they do not have a trunk, they should try to hide them under a seat or cover them with a blanket, officials said.
"During the holiday season, we have seen break-ins around shopping centers where cars with gifts in them are broken into," said Murray.