(KMOV.com) – Police in Franklin County said an increase in drug use is the primary reason why thefts are on the rise in Franklin County.
In Washington and Union, thieves have targeted Wal Mart, but have also targeted homes and cars. 80 to 90 percent of the crimes have been attributed to a spike in drug use.
“I would say heroin use and the increase in use of Mexican methamphetamine is a cause,” said Sgt. Jason Grellner with the Franklin County Drug Task Force.
Authorities said drug users who become addicts return to stores with elaborate schemes for stealing so they can feed their habit.
“We arrested one young lady three times in 10 day period. They get to know if they keep the amount low, under $500, then it will only be a misdemeanor,” Said Det. Sgt. Steve Sitze with Washington Police.
Police are using Facebook to post surveillance photos of shoplifters. Authorities said curbing the number of thefts will require more prevention efforts and drug treatment for offenders.