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‘Professional shoplifters?’ Thieves stuff clothes in bags at Victoria’s Secret, cops say

Myrtle Beach police detective talks shopliftings, holiday shopping safety

Myrtle Beach police detective addresses shoplifting at Coastal Grand Mall and warns shoppers to be aware of their surroundings.
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Myrtle Beach police detective addresses shoplifting at Coastal Grand Mall and warns shoppers to be aware of their surroundings.

Two men and a woman stole thousands of dollars worth of clothing from Victoria’s Secret at Coastal Grand Mall Tuesday, Myrtle Beach police said.

The suspects came into the store with bags about 7:45 p.m., started to take clothing off the shelf and stuffed it into their bags, a report states. The trio allegedly snagged 71 items worth almost $3,800.

The suspects then ran out of the store without paying.

Police said the suspects have been seen before shoplifting from Victoria’s Secret. The suspects are described as black men and a black woman in their 20s, a report states.

Detective Paul Morrell with Myrtle Beach police said when people shoplift high-dollar amounts worth of products, it’s generally “professional shoplifters,” or organized retail crime groups.

“In the ORC cases we have investigated, the suspects work in teams and it is a very coordinated and calculated event,” Morrell said.

With these cases, he said, the suspects usually sell the stolen merchandise.

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