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Shoplifters Causing Problems for Local Retailers

YAKIMA, Wa -  Shoplifting is becoming a growing concern for retailers in Yakima.  Big 5 Sporting Goods says the problem just keeps getting worse and now they're really feeling the pinch from shoplifters.

"It definitely hurts the bottomline," says Glenn Davis, General Manager of Big 5 Sporting Goods.

He says that shoplifters steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise a year.

"It's whatever they have in mind to take," says Davis.  That's clothing, sneakers and equipment.  Like the merchandise they steal, shoplifters come in all shapes and sizes.

"You can not narrow it down," says Davis, "It can be teenagers, adults and even the elderly."

 Davis showed us ink tags that they use on their more expensive clothing.  "They shoot the clothes and the theif with ink when they try to rip the ink tag off the clothing," says Davis.

He says they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on security, and those costs are just passed on to the consumer.

"As theft goes up, the prices go up," says Davis.

Davis says there are 328 Big 5 Sporting Goods stores across the country.  The one here in Yakima ranks third in revenue lost from shoplifting.