JesusNachosForever

JesusNachosForever wrote

I always aimed for the first hour the store is open.

Employees are busier prepping for the day, tired, possibly grumpy. Managers are reviewing last nights closeout, and LP/AP are slightly less likely to be there if the store has limited LP/AP staff. I know i'm garbage at work until at least an hour or 2 later.

I dressed halfway nice, since crackheads aren't usually shopping at 10:15a. A coffee cup is a good way to conceal the alpha key you're palming. (not IN the cup). People shopping at 10am are typically "On a mission" and are less likely to aimlessly wander.

Nowadays, in order to walk out empty handed, I'd look for something popular on the company website that is out of stock. I used to have to use those newspaper inserts. That was always hit or miss. But it gives you a reason to stand in one place a little longer and check out your surroundings. "Shop" for your item. If staff approach, ask for out of stock item. Act a little irritated and walk right out.

And for fuck's sake, leave the used bags at home. Use the negative space on your body. Like below ribs to above waist, the small of your back, or under your tits (if you have one or two of those). Spend a lot of time practicing your hand movements like a magician, and practice loading up at home in the mirror to learn how to pack yourself without looking lumpy. The bonus is you might actually look decent in something other than a hoodie. Single folks be aware!

This method worked for me for years. I was never caught while using this method over a 5 year period in several states.

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JesusNachosForever wrote

Covert cameras with near pixel perfect motion detection are cheap and are widely used.

Shit, I have one pointed at my car on the street right now. If my car moves or someone steps too close I get a an alert with a screenshot and immediately hop on my phone for live video. If I have one at home, its likely professionals have better gear.

That technology was available to LP at mid tier retailers at least 15 years ago. I'd assume the cameras are smaller and higher definition than 240p15fps by now. I managed to catch a few lifters who were after high value but chained merch. After the second grab and run, I set up a new camera under a nearby display. Took 2 more grab and runs over about 3 months to catch em, but we did. Fucking store manager hogtied one of them with zip ties. I got a new manager a week later. Ha!

So this end of day concept is garbage. Multi day with a different person is probably the least shit way to do it.

Anyways, the point is. NEVER ASSUME YOU ARE OFF CAMERA.

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JesusNachosForever wrote

Generally speaking, what you're talking about is burglary and vandalism. That's pretty high risk. If you use a tool in the process that's an extra charge too. Even if you don't take anything, you have committed a crime and zealous AP/LP will at the very least stop you and issue trespass. Might even get a civil demand letter for the cost of the repairs.

Usually something I'd avoid.

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JesusNachosForever wrote

If you're talking about the white kitkat shaped AM tags, just pierce them with a pin and leave it in place. It prevents the antenna inside from responding to stimulation from the door sensors.

I used to pin a few open safety pins inside my jacket pocket very carefully. Just stab the tag and you're good to go.

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JesusNachosForever wrote

I've literally never heard of GPS trackers IN a sealed box. The privacy invasion against normal paying customers would be a media nightmare.

If you plan to ditch the box, wear gloves or use large amounts of rubber cement on your fingers (not just the tips - they fingerprint the whole palm and each segment of your fingers now, and the outside "knife" edge of your hand. Generally the rubber cement option looks less suspicious, but can be hard to get used to. If they even notice, you just look like you work at a job where your hands get messy. Better than being the guy in the computer section with gloves on in July.

Most GPS trackers are large enough to notice externally, and require use of specific radio spectrum channels, be that cellular or another privately used band. There are a number of premade options for laptops that are more effective than "wrap it in tinfoil". You can test the bag easy. Put your phone in the bag, call it, if it doesn't ring, there ya go.

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but honestly, I've never seen a $2000 laptop with GPS tracking on OR in it new-in-box.

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JesusNachosForever wrote

Semantics, I know, but security tags aren't RFID tags. RFID tags contain specific information, like a serial number or model number. They're essentially "smarter" UPCs.

You're talking about anti-theft tags, and those are defeated easily. If you look through the flat square tags, you can see the "antenna". Cutting through that antenna changes its reaction to the alarm gates, typically disabling the alarm entirely.

In my booster days, I'd just cut across the sticker real quick, and never had an issue.

The long narrow 3 dimensional tags (mini white kitkat looking things) can be defeated by sticking a pin through the tag and leaving it in place, or cutting it across the narrow section. I prefer the pin/thumbtack method, as cutting that thicker tag isn't always as slick and sometimes requires multiple cuts.

Pretty certain your destination uses the first kind. I have a bookshelf of almost entirely books taken from the very same shop, using the same method.

Be safe, and good luck.

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JesusNachosForever wrote

Keep in mind, they are absolutely going to fire you if you pay them back.

When you pay back, you're admitting to the accusations, and no manager in their right mind would keep you on after that. Deny everything, as nothing good ever comes from admitting your crimes.

The only way this affects your future record is if the police get involved and you are arrested, etc. There's no "permanent record" system like your high school teachers went on and on about.

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JesusNachosForever wrote

At my old place of employment, I was in charge of LP (in the early 2000s). 75% of my time was working on internal theft, like cash drawers and sweethearting. Only 25% of my attention was on shoplifters.

Shoplifters were easy to spot, a good internal was a challenge. But when they got busted I'd have a laundry list to hand the cops. It's a lot fucking uglier getting busted at work. I'd say it's not worth it.

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