Shoplifters using fashionable accessory to hide stolen items

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 9 at 12:17 AM

DES PERES (KMOV.com) – Shoplifters are using a new accessory to disguise stolen goods, and police in Des Peres are catching on.

The accessory is known as a booster bag. Carefully constructed with an aluminum foil lining to trick store sensors, the booster bag appears to be an ordinary purse from the outside. But, like other theft devices, booster bags are prohibited by city ordinance.

Recently, Janay Clark, 22, allegedly used a booster bag at West County Center to steal more than $900 worth of denim and a handbag from the The Buckle.

Police are seeing a lot of booster bags across the country. Authorities in Sacramento, California said a television anchor stole wallets from a Coach Outlet store using a booster bag.

Booster bags can cost retailers billions of dollars, so authorities are keeping their eyes open.

“A lot of retailers are aware of these items, and they look for those items as an indication that possible shoplifting is about to occur,” said Des Peres Police Det. Marshall Broughton.

Clark is charged with receiving stolen property, a felony that could result in seven years in prison if she is convicted. 

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