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Shoplifting jumps in down economy

Posted December 16, 2009 11:33 a.m. EST
Updated December 16, 2009 2:39 p.m. EST

— More people in Raleigh appear to be turning to the five-finger discount to save money in these days of high unemployment and tight family finances.

Reports of shoplifting are up almost 30 percent through the first 10 months of this year when compared with the same period in 2008, according to Raleigh Police Department statistics. There were more reports of shoplifting through October than in all of last year, which saw the highest number of shoplifting cases in at least five years, according to police statistics.

Cases at local Walmart, Target and Kmart stores accounted for about a third of the shoplifting reports in Raleigh this year, police said.

Police haven't attributed the spike in shoplifting to any particular reason, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.