shop·​lift·​er | \ ˈshäp-ˌlif-tər \

Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

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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 Petty theft, Great Northern Mall: Macy's department store called North Olmsted police about 1:20 p.m. April 26 regarding a suspected shoplifter. Bruce Geiselman,, "Suspects arrested in store thefts: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 12 May 2018 Store cameras caught the man exiting the store, and now officials are hoping members of the public can ID the smug shoplifter. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Washington state grocery thief brazenly taunts store staff on way out, police say," 10 Sep. 2018 The idea that this technology is being used to catch shoplifters when it’s documented to not work as well on young people and it’s documented to not work as well on African-Americans is just crazy. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How should we regulate facial recognition?," 29 Aug. 2018 Department stores close doors to herd would-be shoplifters to a single exit. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "After a record year for property crime in Anchorage, car thefts are skyrocketing in 2018," 28 June 2018 Petty theft, Lorain Road: Police went about 1:20 p.m. April 20 to Giant Eagle regarding a suspected shoplifter in the store. Bruce Geiselman,, "Man faces marijuana charge after bad reaction to gummy candy: North Olmsted police blotter," 5 May 2018 The video shows the furry shoplifter sitting in a bin full of candy at a store in the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Shoplifting squirrel caught on camera stealing from store in Disney World's Magic Kingdom," 11 June 2018

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1680, in the meaning defined above

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