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Some think it is the season for taking

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's the season for giving, and for some, the season for taking. This time of year, shop-lifters cost stores billions of dollars. For this reason, more security guards and officers hit the streets.

The holiday season is upon us and shoplifting is becoming more prevalent. Officer Mark Johnson with the Monroe Police Department said it has to do with our attractive shopping locations.

"We are sending a message here. If you come to Monroe and you are going to play your antics here. We are going to put you jail. And not some petty misdemeanor if you're this career criminal we will you the fullest extent of the law to prosecute you," Johnson said.    

Recently the Monroe Police Department apprehended two suspects in a racketing ring that involved shoplifting of high dollar items. They are still looking for three more suspects.

"If you look at these thefts by themselves; they are small. Everybody thinks it is a little shoplifting but if you are doing 15, 19, 20 of them and the people don't care. It can turn into thousands of dollars," Johnson said.  

Johnson said in an average year, shoplifting costs retailers more than $30 billion.

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