WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Authorities in Polk County are trying to stop a new trend of thieves stealing underwear from store shelves.
Winter Haven Police are working multiple cases where thieves walk into stores like Dollar General and stuff packs of undergarments in their shirt or pants.
“Their pants or shirts are baggy enough where they can conceal these items and just walk right out of the store,” said Jamie Brown, Spokeswoman for the Winter Haven Police Department.
Last Friday, surveillance video recorded one thief cramming an estimated nine packages of socks, underwear, and shirts down his pants.
“It may not seem like much to some people, but ultimately the merchants are having to pay for this, which is passed down to us. So we want to make sure these people are held accountable,” Brown said.
Police aren’t sure why the thieves are focused on undergarments, other than the fact that they’re easy to conceal and walk out with.
Tough economic times may also play a role.
“People are doing desperate things,” she said.
Anyone with information on the recent thefts is asked to call the Winter Haven Police Department. Tippers may be eligible for a cash reward.
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