Shoplifting During the Holidays in Rutherford County Often Involve Suspects Who Travel from City-to-City / Store-to-Store

Dec 19, 2022 at 01:43 pm by WGNS News

Many Shoplifting Incidents Caught on Camera in Multiple Stores

(Murfreesboro, TN) Shoplifting continues throughout America, which means the problem continues to plague Rutherford County, especially during the holiday season. While it can be discouraging to hear about thieves making it out of a store with hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in merchandise without getting caught, don’t worry – it’s often a short-lived victory for the thief or thieves.

In some instances, the shoplifter is part of a group traveling from store to store, taking in loot from retailers in several cities… That was Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen. A lot of chain stores have videos of shoplifting incidents that are shared from one store location to another, allowing law enforcement to tie suspects to multiple thefts at stores in other cities and states. When this occurs, a single arrest could ultimately equal charges being filed by multiple law enforcement departments in other areas.


Over 375 shoplifting or theft reports have been filed in Murfreesboro alone between October 1, 2022 and December 19, 2022.

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