Swiped: America's Most Stolen Products

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Shoplifting
crimes usually only make the headlines when a Hollywood actress
is caught like a deer in headlights sneaking designer clothes past
a knowing security guard, or when the wealthy daughter of the former
mayor of New York decides she’d rather not pay for her makeup. But
for every celebrity with a mug shot, there’s an army of professional
thieves walking off unnoticed, stashing millions of dollars in retail
goods. Meat is stuffed under skirts. Razor blades are loaded into
"boost" bags. Baby formula is taken and resold to unwitting
parents or to eager drug dealers who use the powder to cut cocaine.

Meat
Shoplifters prefer Certified Angus, and some add fine cheese on
the side.
By Justin
Rohrlich

"Hipster"
Books

By railing against The Man, anti-establishment writers have influenced
the theft of their own work.
By Mike
Schuster

Drugstore
Pills

Professional thieves and shoplifters go for stomach soothers, diet
pills, and pain relief.
By Minyanville Staff

Alcohol
Shoplifters reach for the highbrow champagnes or the cheap vodka,
but less of everything in between.
By Minyanville Staff

Baby
Formula

The business of stealing infant formula is always brisk and sometimes
vicious.
By Lila
MacLellan

Razors
for Men

Organized crime inflates the cost of your daily shave.
By Ryan
Goldberg

Brighton
Jewelry

Build a devoted and well-accessorized fan base and the shoplifters
will follow.
By Ryan
Goldberg

Cosmetics
Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe she’s stealing Maybelline.
By Diane
Bullock

Gadgets,
Games, and Smartphones

Shoplifters stay up on what’s "in" – and move fast
when a product is hot.
By Diane
Bullock

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September
22, 2010

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