Has anyone been caught after the fact?

Submitted by madmaggs in Shoplifting

I’ve never had any trouble lifting and getting in and out but the idea of them getting my plates and running them always gives me a little anxiety after the fact. I’m sure 90% of LP or the police department care enough to really look through footage to find my plate numbers and then enhance the photo and then track it but the possibility still bothers me


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Whatchagonnado wrote (edited )

Yes, if you steal enough and from the same place, they will get your tags and come to your house to question you.

A very good friend of mine is in jail right now. Last year, he borrowed my car a few times, And of course I knew why. He had hit one particular store for power tools so many times, that his photo was hanging in the break room (according to a store employee). The main method he used was serial number switching (taping a new serial Number over the old one) then finding a clueless cashier who wouldn’t realize a price was ridiculously low.

So, what happened with police? Well, cops from 2 separate counties in my state called me to question me about his whereabouts over the phone. They of course questioned me about my whereabouts on the dates, but I wasn’t there so I couldn’t be found on Camera at the store. But they asked me about it for sure!

But I also had cops show up at my house at least twice, from my own county. They’d Bang on the door for 15 minutes, but I never answered the door (don’t have to, it’s good to know your rights). All the cops I spoke to said they got my license plate from the store’s camera outside, and used that to track me down-AT my ADDRESS.

Since I wasn’t at the scene of any of the crimes there was nothing to do to get me, it’s not illegal to lend someone my car.

I’d guess he stole maybe 10 grand worth of products in all, though. So yes, even a BIG one-time lift won’t likely get cops tracking you down. But multiple ones surely will.

One last thing tho- none of those led to his arrest. He was pretty recognizable by then all over the state and he was trying to return something. They allowed the return but called cops. He then went browsing for more stuff, and the cops got there and got him.


Macy5 wrote

Wow. That’s what I am kind of afraid of haha.

But for me personally. I just want to upgrade my wardrobes and maybe get some electronics(haven’t taken any)

But I think total. I have taken about $700-900 MSRP worth of clothes lol. I mean that’s like 6-7 times in total.

But I casually lift condoms and spices from Walmart whenever lol.

But now I’m ready to hit stores that I go to like once a month or even once every 2 month like a little bit more. Hehehe. Now I know how to release spider trap. Hehehe

That’s why. When I lift. It’s not good to pick the same store. Over and over again.

Go farther. Drive out a bit. Better be safe than sorry


Drshoplifter wrote

They won’t do that unless you stole a tv or something. Even then I’ve done that and they did nothing


ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote


I've been thinking of that. But do you just walk out with them? Not exactly something you can conceal or that people will ignore when it passes by them.


Ferrosplice wrote

First off, if your so anxious about that just walk or take a bus to your lifting location, don't drive. Also, there is no way that so many people would care about a dude stealing something from a store, police have better things to do. Finally, you cant "enhance" a photo, this is real life not CSI.


ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote

To be fair, there are still methods where you could get an image to become clearer.

Either having the initial resolution big enough to be able to zoom in and still have a clear picture. Or by smoothing/sharpening an image that's just slightly too rough to read.

Then again, unless they have proof of you taking thousands in merchandise, I doubt that they'd ever go to such lengths.


Newt wrote

If you're concerned about anyone seeing your license plates, and there are no bus stops in the area, ride a bicycle.