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Police Step up Efforts to Curb Shoplifting in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- With the number of shoplifting cases on the rise in the city, the Salisbury Police Department is trying a new tactic to curb the illegal activity.

Craig Schury, who owns Pemberton Pharmacy and Gift, said shoplifting is something he and his employees are always on the lookout for.

"We'll see jewelry as a big one, sometimes fragrances and things like that. We'll also see a little bit of the drug products that we have out on the shelf," said Schury.

Salisbury Police Capt. Scott Kolb said so far this year there have been 221 shoplifting offenses reported in the city.  That is up 44 from this time last year.  Now, the department will send out a weekly press release to WBOC and other news agencies with information, including names and images, of those arrested for the crime.

"The police department and the retail alliance is taking a stand saying, 'You know, you're not welcome to come in here and take these products without paying for them and that we are looking to reduce and eliminate that problem,'" Kolb said.

Police officials are hoping that by putting names and faces to each case, it will deter future shoplifting.  And Craig Schury said the less taken from his store is good not only for him but his customers as well.

"In every store you would have a little bit of extra cushion built in for shoplifting and things that you really can't control because there's always going to be some level of that," Schury said. " So the shrinkage that you find in your inventory because of that, you kind of have to control for that a little bit. So if there's less shoplifting, we can offer better prices."

The first press release sent out by the police department included seven people who had been arrested for shoplifting from June 3-9.

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