Store owners fight back against shoplifting

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- Police in both Horry County and Myrtle Beach are investigating recent cases of shoplifting, and some store owners say this holiday season they're fighting back.

David Siegel, owner of All That Rage at Inlet Square Mall, says there's some strategy to how he sets up merchandise and that helps ward off potential thieves too.

"We watch our merchandise. We know what's on our shelves so we're aware of when something is moved or missing that way we're on top of everything," said Siegel.

Police arrested a Myrtle Beach teen Friday and charged her with shoplifting at the Seaboard Street Walmart. They say she stashed $75 worth of makeup and other merchandise in a stroller and tried to leave the store.

Myrtle Beach-area store owners say they're not surprised to hear about crimes like this, especially now.

"We know this time of year people are a little tight for money and they're looking for obviously any gifts. They're looking for money and obviously any ways to get it and theft is one way they can get it," said Siegel.

Capt. David Knipes, spokesman with the Myrtle Beach Police Department, says this year shoplifting seems to be down so far compared to last year. He says it's a crime not specific to holiday time.

Knipes says each store should consider the risk of confronting a shoplifter, and not place themselves or any employee in harm's way.

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