shoplifter

noun
shop·​lift·​er | \ ˈshäp-ˌlif-tər How to pronounce shoplifter (audio) \

Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

Examples of shoplifter in a Sentence

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Police are investigating whether a woman who was badly hurt in a commercial trash compactor was a suspected shoplifter who chose the wrong place to hide, a department spokesman said Thursday. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Police: Woman hurt in New London supermarket trash compactor may have been trying to hide," 20 June 2019 The trio of shoplifters is played by actresses Brianna Hildebrande, Quintessa Swindell and Kiana Madeira. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who Is “Trinkets” Star Kiana Madeira And Why Does She Look So Familiar?," 17 June 2019 Shoplifting, Columbia Road: Westlake police officers responded at 3:30 p.m. April 14 to Pat Catan's Arts and Crafts Store regarding a report of shoplifters in the store. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Two men face drug charges: Westlake Police Blotter," 20 Apr. 2018 Elodie, a shockingly talented shoplifter, has moved to Portland after growing up in Albuquerque, NM. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 The operation was set in place to catch habitual shoplifters targeting Katy Mills Mall retail outlet stores, said Police Chief Noe Diaz. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Women face theft charges after Katy police operation," 7 June 2019 April 12 responded to Walmart regarding a report of a suspected shoplifter. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Police arrest a woman slumped over the wheel of a car: North Olmsted police blotter," 28 Apr. 2018 Four of five suspected shoplifters from Milwaukee arrested after a theft, chase and crash in Kenosha County were charged Friday with felony retail theft and misdemeanor obstructing an officer, according to state court records. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four from Milwaukee charged after theft, chase, crash in Kenosha County," 26 Jan. 2018 Seattle police officers were waiting at a fire exit when two shoplifters tried to run out of a Costco with vacuum cleaners and laptops under their arms. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Seattle cops capture thieves bursting out of a Costco with stolen merchandise," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of shoplifter

1680, in the meaning defined above

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shoplifter

noun
shop·​lift·​er

Legal Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

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