Items Shoplifted on Christmas Eve May Surprise You

Lincoln, Neb. You may have waited to the last minute to do your Christmas shopping, but so did some shoplifters.

What they had on their list may surprise you. Among those items were beer, makeup, clothes, and jewelry.

"Every year one of the things I'm amazed by are people that go out the day before Christmas or on Christmas day and shoplift," Public Safety Director Tom Casady said.

Casady says since Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the days after the holiday are peak shopping days, they are also peak shoplifting days.

"It's a huge economic loss to retailers and one of the things that perturbs me about shoplifting is that the rest of us end up paying for that loss because the retailers of course have to figure in that loss and profit margin," Casady said.

He also says shoplifting is one of the most frequent crimes investigated in Lincoln. Another is vehicle theft. Casady says with this being a big time for shopping, many vehicles could get broken into if thieves see packages in them.

Casady says it's best to lock the packages up in your trunk and make sure they are out of sight.

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