EcoleDuCiel

EcoleDuCiel OP wrote

Thanks for the advice, I almost always use the walmart shopping bag method for lifts, although this means I don't lift very much in one go as everything has to fit inside only a bag or two. Haven't lifted games before, but I did do one bluray in the past.

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EcoleDuCiel wrote (edited )

They seem to be lax where I am. I lifted medicine from one recently, I got multiples of the same brand and only one of them had a security tag on it, fairly obvious too. I did what I usually do and entered the store with a CVS plastic bag hidden underneath my shirt. Selected the medicine I needed and found a blind spot to quickly take the plastic CVS bag out from under my shirt and put the medicine inside. Then casually walk out with the bag in your hand. Theres almost always a clear path to the door that doesn't involve you walking through the checkout area. I've always taken that path. Its immediately to the left or right of the doors, basically opposite side of the checkout area. All this should be done in 5 minutes or less IMO. I do the same with Walgreens. It helps if theres customers at the register. If there isn't, however, you just have to be confident and steel yourself and simply walk out. Fiddle on your phone as you walk up to exit the store. Send some texts, just be cool. Now stores in high shrink areas, that use certain measures such as one way entrances and exits give me a bad feeling so I don't usually lift from them.

These kinds of drug stores are so plentiful that its not necessary to hit up the same one multiple times, IMO. So you can feel confident that you don't need to be going back any time soon, theres always another one. Just stagger them with a comfortable amount of time between I like doing at least 2 weeks, or if I'm in a new area I don't normally go to, I'll do a spree that day and hit up every one until I've driven far enough and am ready to head back home. Then ignore that area for at least a month. Good places for small hauls of home basics you might need or trading cards if you're into that.

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EcoleDuCiel OP wrote

Thanks for the advice but while I do have an S3 key already I'm not sure how mentally prepared I am to start unlocking those bulky game lock boxes. I might try ordering one of them online to practice on.

Anyway, for right now I'm specifically asking about a game thats not inside a lockbox and didn't have any external security tags that I could see. Its shrinkwrapped, I wanted to know how to conceal the entire thing and the likelihood of there being a tag inside the actual game case. IE a source tag or something similar

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EcoleDuCiel OP wrote

I never reported back but here we go. I got away with it (not exactly special in itself) and not a single person said anything or even made any movements towards me the whole time. Didn't cause any scene like I expected.

However, I'd agree with all of you that it was a unecessarily reckless move. So, first of all I shouldn't have tried the tin foil. Even though I practiced at home, doing it live was a whole other thing. I trusted my gut and just immediately stopped the second it became a little difficult. Time was most important to me so I didn't want to waste it on foil wrapping. That was my first misstep.

My second misstep was I didn't have a backup blind spot picked out in case a customer or someone was lingering in my space. I was all ready to go, had only been like a minute or two and I had the items but I was forced to wait for this customer to move to another shelf. They could've been LP but what happened next convinced me they weren't. That customer eventually left and as I was placing the items in my bag they came back around the corner and were really close to me. Like I was definitely noticed, mid-conceal. But they said nothing and seemed to not give a shit, I was lucky. Maybe I was so lucky, they never even glanced at me but I doubt that. They walked right by me and I finished zipping my bag and calmly walked toward the exit which was thankfully close due to the blind spot I picked.

So I was bracing myself for the spider-alarms, which were indeed 3-alarm, to do their thing but they didn't make a single peep. The door towers did make a very quick, brief beep but it wasn't nearly as intrusive as I was expecting.

My third dumb misstep is that I utterly forgot one of the most basic things. Check for tags. Each box had one, which were super easy to pull off. If I had remembered this basic thing, I wouldn't have activated the sensors at all, since (for some reason) the spider alarms attached to the items weren't working.

It was messy, but it was all at least fast. I committed to being quick, quiet, and cool.

That was my first larger type of conceal I've done. Right now what seems more comfortable is going back to what i've been doing which is walkouts using a store's own shopping bags.

Anyway, does anyone have any idea why the spiders didn't work? When I scouted out the store you could literally hear them all very quietly clicking. That detail was important to me cause I have heard that sometimes the batteries can go dead if the device is old and unattended enough. But both of mine just didn't make a peep in or out of the store.

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EcoleDuCiel OP wrote

I think you're right, actually, I'll go with that idea rather than my gym bag. I was only wanting to use my gym bag because most of the homemade booster bags I've seen online seem to be slim and I question wether its ideal for the kinds of item I want to make a bag for in the first place. Namely: spider-wrapped model kits/import figures from Barnes and Noble, Booksamillion and similar stores. I was wondering how much box bulk a homemade bag can accommodate.

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EcoleDuCiel OP wrote

I practiced it, got the noise down some, also pre-shaped the foil so I don't have to crinkle and work with it as much. Im not sure it will work at passing the sensors but I'm looking at all of this as a notable test so I'm gonna try the foil anyway.

The plan is still to prepare for sensors to go off and make as quick an exit as I can once I'm out the doors. I believe the spider-wraps may be 3-alarm so I need to prepare for the noise they're gonna make in the parking lot too. When I feel I'm a safe distance away I'll pull into somewhere private enough to remove my decoy plate and use my S3 key for the first time to turn off the alarms. Then I'm driving far away from that area to the other side of town.

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EcoleDuCiel OP wrote

I didn't think of this, thanks. I'm concerned about how much noise that'll make though. I'll spend a little bit of time at home practicing how quietly I can wrap an object that size. I'm guessing 4 -5 layers per lock should be good?

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