JOPLIN, MO.--- The Joplin Police Department has seen more than 1,600 larceny cases logged this year. These general theft cases show thieves taking clothing, electronics, cash and food. Those make up nearly half of the larceny incidents in Joplin for October. Alcohol, bicycles, and medication are also high on the list along with gas drive-offs at convenience stores. The one biggest common denominator is shoplifting.
"Lots of shoplifting, discount stores call us almost daily. A lot of stores at the mall call us - not as much, but still quite a bit. That seems to be picking up as the holiday season approaches," said Cpl. Chuck Niess, Joplin Police Department.
There is good news - larceny has dropped 1% from this time last year, and nearly 3.5% year to date.
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