LOSS PREVENTION

The image of a lone shoplifter tucking a steak into her coat pocket is becoming as quaint as a Norman Rockwell painting.Organized gangs of professional thieves have proliferated over the past three to five years, and they're hitting some supermarkets hard, industry sources told SN. The stolen items, ranging from brand-name health and beauty care products to private-label cans of vegetables, are resold

The image of a lone shoplifter tucking a steak into her coat pocket is becoming as quaint as a Norman Rockwell painting.

Organized gangs of professional thieves have proliferated over the past three to five years, and they're hitting some supermarkets hard, industry sources told SN. The stolen items, ranging from brand-name health and beauty care products to private-label cans of vegetables, are resold through alternative venues, often in the same neighborhood as the stores.

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