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

Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

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Someone in the store flagged him down about suspected shoplifters and gave him a description of their vehicle. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Surveillance video shows assistant police chief hanging on suspected shoplifter's car in Houston," 12 July 2019 Security apprehended the Richmond Heights shoplifter with more than $672 worth of items. John Benson,, "Illegally-tinted windows lead police to blunt and baggie: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 14 Aug. 2019 Surveillance video shows the shoplifter walking into The Home Depot pushing an empty cart. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Thief walks hardware worth $2,000 out of Home Depot," 7 Aug. 2019 Authorities were searching for the suspected shoplifters. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Off-duty assistant police chief injured by suspected shoplifters in Houston," 11 July 2019 Shoplifting, Crocker Park Police responded at 5:30 p.m. July 2 to Crocker Park for suspected shoplifters. Bruce Geiselman,, "Burglars target jewelry, cash in home break-in: Westlake Police Blotter," 6 July 2019 Visible homelessness, wholesale theft from stores by organized gangs of shoplifters and petty theft have added to the merchants’ concerns. Phil Matier,, "SF hiring retired cops for mean streets of Union Square," 28 July 2019 The detective started following the man and contacted dispatch, who confirmed that his hunch was correct — a shoplifter had just stolen merchandise from that business. Emily Sweeney,, "Stolen laundry and the great toothpaste robbery," 24 July 2019 An off-duty police officer from East Texas shot at suspected shoplifters who reportedly tried to run over him at a business in Houston's Northshore community, at one point dragging him about 200 feet, police said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Off-duty assistant police chief injured by suspected shoplifters in Houston," 11 July 2019

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1680, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

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