shop·​lift·​er | \ˈshäp-ˌlif-tər \

Definition of shoplifter 

: one who shoplifts

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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 Pruitt said the men felt the police were simply doing their jobs in responding to reports of shoplifters. Rachel Siegel,, "Nordstrom Rack apologizes after calling the police on three black teens who were shopping for prom," 9 May 2018 Two accused shoplifters arrested after Orlando police officers shot and killed a suspected accomplice at the Colonial Plaza shopping center this month likely won’t be charged with murder in his death, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Shoplifting suspects likely won't face murder charge in Orlando police shooting, prosecutor says," 24 May 2018 Theft, Mayfield Road: An unknown male shoplifter ran from Verizon Wireless April 20 with a new iPhone, valued at $1,160. Andy Attina /,, "Man tries stealing suitcase filled with Red Bull: South Euclid Police Blotter," 2 May 2018 Police in Tennessee said Sunday that a convenience store clerk has been charged in the fatal shooting of a suspected shoplifter whose body was found near the store. Fox News, "Tennessee store clerk charged in death of teen believed to be shoplifting beer, report says," 2 Apr. 2018 In a post on Twitter, the Police Department used hashtags to poke fun at the shoplifter: #TrytheDollarShaveClub, #CleanShavenforYourBookingPhoto, #CantShaveTimeOffYourSentence. Jeff Weiner,, "Cops seek clean-shaved suspect in beard trimmer heist at Sanford Target," 18 June 2018 The woman was one of three shoplifters who entered the store in the 19900 block of Katy Freeway near Texas Highway 6 on March 20, detectives said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Video shows violent shoplifter attacking employees at Memorial-area shoe store," 10 May 2018

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1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoplifter was in 1680

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: one who shoplifts

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