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Police see massive uptick in shoplifting in Jamestown, North Dakota

People out doing last-minute Christmas shopping shouldn't be alarmed if they see a Jamestown Police Department officer walking through stores. The officers are making their presence known to help quell a rash of shoplifting that has taken place i...

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People out doing last-minute Christmas shopping shouldn’t be alarmed if they see a Jamestown Police Department officer walking through stores. The officers are making their presence known to help quell a rash of shoplifting that has taken place in stores around Jamestown thiis week.

Lt. Justin Blinsky, Jamestown Police Department, said over the last two days there have been seven reports of shoplifting at five stores.

“The weird thing about it is that before this weekend, we had seen only a couple of shoplifting cases over the last couple of weeks,” he said.

Blinsky declined to identify which stores had been hit by shoplifting over the last two days. He said the incidences involved different people and didn’t appear to be part of any organized effort.

Blinsky said that unfortunately there is usually an uptick in shoplifting as the calendar gets closer to Christmas.

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He said these incidences have come to light through the work of asset protection employees at the stores.

“They have either caught the people in the act, or used video surveillance to catch the suspects,” Blinsky said. “I give a lot of credit to these people working in asset protection, they have a thankless job.”

Blinksy said none of the suspects have been charged as yet. The items taken range in price from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars.

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