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The strong arm of the law May 14, 2007

Filed under: Work — katy @ 9:16 am

Pink_handcuffs That would be me!  I caught the shoplifter on Saturday.  Granny had run out to True Value and her granddaughter was at St*rbucks.  I was all alone when a woman walked in with a very large purse–we are talking 2′ by 3′.  She went right to the back of the shop and was looking at all the yarn that had been stolen.  She has a thing for metallic novelties.  However, she kept staying out of my line of vision.  She even asked about the price of a bag of Takhi Star Granny had on the 50% off table.  I told her someone had shoplifted half the bag so she would have to ask Granny when she returned.

Up to the front of the store and she was hunched over…all very suspicous.  When Granny returned I wrote the secret word for shoplifter on a napkin.  And preceded to write the names of the yarns the lady was checking out–all the ones that had been lifted last time!  Granny was shaking her head NO at me.  At True Value, Granny had gotten hooks for the ceiling so we could hang models.  I climbed a step stool and peered over the table to see what the lady was doing.  She was putting yarn in her big bag.  We had just gotten in a new yarn on Friday.  There had been 10 that morning when I moved the display.  The lady put one on the counter–to buy–but where were the other two? 

I confronted her.  Perched atop my step stool I accused her of stealing.  She claimed the yarn was hers.  I told her one yarn we had just received on Friday and there was a whole box of 10 this morning.  So I told her to empty her bag or I was calling the police.  She said, "I’ll pay for it.  I’ll pay for it."  I said that was up to Granny–who was standing there like a deer in the headlights.  The lady had some cockeyed story about only having $100 and could Granny change it.  Granny said sure and the theif produced a $10.  Surely not enough for the amount of yarn she was trying to steal. 

I had seen her in the back of the shop touching another metallic yarn but I wasn’t sure how much we had so I called her on it.  She said she returned it to the shelf.  What the heck–she was already wrong.  I called her bluff and told Granny to call the police.  She pulled the ball out of her bag and claimed she left her $100 in the car and RAN!

It was very sad because the woman didn’t seem all there.  However, both Granny and her granddaughter recognized her, saying she had shopped there for many years.  Mostly, we attribute discrepancies in the inventory to our error.  I guess you assume there is some shoplifting but this was just horrible.  My heart was racing.  I hope she never comes back.


22 Responses to “The strong arm of the law”

  1. Kate Says:

    Detective Kate! 🙂 WOW~! Super mom and crime fighter??

    🙂 Kate

  2. Joy Says:

    You Rock our world!!!!!

  3. Joy Says:

    You Rock our world!!!!!

  4. sprite Says:

    Gracious! What a story. It sounds like a stressful ordeal for everyone involved. But good job for being the one to figure out the problem and for pursuing it to a reasonable conclusion.

  5. Maribel Says:

    Welcome to the world of retail and shoplifters. You might consider having a police officer in the store at the ready with DPN’s and some nasty acrylic to use as a lasso.

  6. kris Says:

    OK, you are now officially the coolest mom-knitter-crime fighter that I know. You rock!

    Your little shoplifter is obviously a very experienced con artist and there appears to be no line she won’t cross. She shoplifts, gets caught and then decides (as a bonus) that she’ll try the whole 100 dollar/10 dollar bill switcheroo???? If she’s willing to go that far and be that bold then that lady has been doing these kind of things for many years.

  7. Nancy Says:

    My my you are quite the superheroine aren’t you. Will you be i-cording a magic lasso soon?;)

    Good for you. Shoplifters are so difficult and so many of them seem to be unbalanced. It’s very stressful and sad.

  8. margene Says:

    Poor Granny! It’s so hard to confront people you know and who have shopped with you for so long. I hope she never comes back, too! Good work, Katy!!

  9. Cara Says:

    DUDE! The long arm of the LAW! NICE WORK!

  10. Carole Says:

    You must have been shaking on the inside – confrontations like that are so hard! Good for you for stopping her, though.

  11. Katy Says:

    Wow. That is quite a day! Good for you for being brave & calling her bluff, I know I would have been freaking out.
    What a whacked out world.

  12. Carol Says:

    The Super Sleuths!!! For the record, having done some store security, once they have been caught the humiliation is so strong that they don’t ever return. I don’t think you will be seeing her again. Congratulations! She makes the rest of us pay more for her shoplifiting hobby.

  13. jody Says:

    oh my! what a story! i’m so glad you confronted her. poor granny.

  14. Lynne Says:

    Welll, good for you, Katy! If the rest of us have to buy our yarn, then darn it, she does, too!

  15. Lynne Says:

    Well, good for you, Katy! If the rest of us have to buy our yarn, then darn it, she does, too!

  16. knit1 pugs 2 Says:

    How very upsetting for you all to have to have this happen. I am glad you put a stop to it so she does not come back.

  17. Catherine Says:

    Good for you, Kathleen! No one has any right to steal and certainly nothing that wasn’t food! Sooner or later all shops have to deal with shoplifting and you did very well, acting on Granny’s behalf.

  18. sUsAn Says:

    Oh my! Hope she stays away too! Good for you in confronting her!

  19. Jennifer Says:

    Wow! Good for you. Silver star for the yarn police.

  20. Orli Says:

    WOW that took guts. I double she’ll come back. She’ll probably be too embarrassed. I am surprised though that she is shoplifiting yarn…perhaps she has the condition where you have to shop lift…

  21. starfish Says:

    Wow You go girl! Don’t mess with you!

  22. Wow! That was great! Shoplifters anger me because we end up paying for it in the long run.
    I cringed though when you described the size of her bag as I carry huge bags all the time. Because I know store owners get nervous when they see those big bags, I will often ask if I can park my bag behind their counter. Of course this only works in small knitting or specialty stores/

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