Thieves use aluminum foil to shoplift

Posted at 10:34 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 22:34:35-04

Crooks made off with several pairs of leggings and t-shirts from a popular clothing store at the Coconut Point Mall in Estero.

"What they look for are items that can easily be resold," said Walt Zalisko, a former New Jersey police chief.

The two woman wore baggy clothes when they went into the dressing room to try on clothes off the rack.

Zalisko says that tactic is the oldest trick in the book.

"You take a number of items into the dressing room and you come out with less," he said.

The women felt like they were spotted. They dropped the merchandise and left the store.

The employees found anti-theft devices removed and wrapped in aluminum.

"One of the ways to circumvent those signals is to wrap the items up in aluminum foil or what they can commonly use are booster bags," said Zalisko.

He says thieves are turning to everyday items to help pull off crimes.

"What it gives them is a little bit of distance and they can walk out between the two readers that are at the door and the signal won't go off," he added.

Zalisko says Victoria's Secret stores are vulnerable to robberies because they keep the registers in the back of the store and keep items on racks by the front of the store.