While thieves continue to run the retail business into major losses, one Smith’s grocery store in Las Vegas continues to take a strong stand against violators.
Situated in a shopping center near West Charleston Boulevard and Hualapai in LasVegas, employees of the grocery store have taken a strong stand against theft.
The Smith’s employees eyeball potential thieves many of whom attempt to push carts full of stolen groceries and other goods out the door without any effort to first pay for the merchandise.
On Dec. 28, a thief thought he was going to waltz out of the store with a cart filled with an assortment of groceries including meat and the rest. The total heist was easily worth more than a couple hundred dollars and the eagle-eyed employees weren’t about to let the waltz to his car.
Once he was alerted, the manager shot out the front door of the store chasing the offender, whose car had been parked deep into the northern-most section. The thief apparently felt that once he had reached the van, he would be so far away that loading the goods into the vehicle would cap an easy heist.
The manager drag raced his way through the parking lot. The thief, seeing the oncoming manager en route, jumped into the dark colored van while also leaving behind the cart of stolen goods.
Glad to retrieve the cart, the manager backed away waiting for the guy to back out of the parking space before escaping the pursuer.
However, in this case, the manager calmly waited in the parking lot before snapping a photo of the thief’s license plate apparently to be used as evidence.
Once the manager had reached the entrance to the grocery store, fellow employees congratulated the manager for stopping the thief in his tracks in what somewhat resembled a football team after scoring a touchdown.
In short, the Smith’s effort to stop thieves has resulted in a true team effort where everyone wins – and especially the customers who won’t be the victims of higher prices generated by thieves.
Yet another cashier said Smith’s employees are especially watching self checkout lines where theft has really reached especially-high levels.
“We had a guy go through the self checkout line and I knew he had steaks hidden in the bottom of the cart,” one cashier said. “So I said to him, ‘Sir would you like for me to get you a couple of bottles of wine to go with those steaks you have at the bottom of your cart?’”
And Kroger, which owns Smith’s, must be doing something right since the company’s profits have gone up 65 percent during the past year. Thieves, many of whom work in rings before selling the goods on the black market, will undoubtedly start telling one another that their practices will have to move to other grocery stores where theft almost seems allowed.
It’s vigilance at its best.