Store Owner Prepares For Holiday Shoplifters

With holiday shopping now underway one store in Lenoir County is ready for a boom in business but is also prepared for what comes with that boom.

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With holiday shopping now underway one store in Lenoir County is ready for a boom in business but is also prepared for what comes with that boom.

The president of Neuse Sport Shop, Russell Rhodes says an increase in sales means an increase in shoplifting.

But this year, the store's prepared for those who aren't paying up.

Three years ago Neuse started keeping records on their store thieves.

Rhodes says, 75 percent of the thieves caught were coming from one Lenoir County High School, but he wouldn't disclose which one.

Since then, the store's gone to great measures to cut down on shoplifting. Like working with that school's principal.

Plus, camera's have been installed and ink tags are now used which ruin the product if they aren't taken off properly.

But Rhodes says most thieves are caught by off duty Lenoir County Deputies working undercover.

Rhodes says last week 4 people were arrested at the store for shoplifting. About 40 to 50 are taken into custody each year.


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  • by Greedy Greedy on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    The only reason that the people from the school weren't arrested is because Russell made them pay twice what the coat was worth. It is all about money to those guys. I agree they should't have been stealing, but Mr. Rhodes tries to act like he wants to help them by not arresting them. The only thing he wants is money. If they couldn't pay it, he would have had them arrested. I promise.
  • by anon Location: Kinston on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    The only problem is that in the off season Neuse Sport Shop accuses innocent shoppers of stealing merchandise. I wouldn't go in that store if I was bleeding out and the only doctor in the state lived there.
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