Cashiers behind bullet proof glass; slide out or lazy susan windows where you put your list in and before getting your merchandise, have to pay for everything sight unseen?
The pair picked products like spools of wire valued at $2,000 – presumably to strip it for the valuable copper inside – from a Lowe’s in Keizer, a suburb of Salem, on August 25.
Keizer Police confirmed to DailyMail.com that they were investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made and the men have not been publicly identified.
‘Once you’ve stolen from Lowe’s once and know they can’t stop you, there’s no real consequence,’ Keizer Police Lieutenant Andrew Copeland told Fox News, noting employees at many chain stores aren’t allowed to stop shoplifters.
‘Second thing is, these people know they can’t go to jail.’
The video is the latest example of shoplifters simply walking out of stores with armfuls of goods, knowing there is little officials can do to prosecute them, after a string of similar incidents in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Theft in Oregon has spiked more than 30 percent higher than the rest of the country, and the rate of crimes in the small city of Keizer is 257 percent higher than the national average.
Jails in Portland, about 43 miles north of Keizer, has reduced the number of new inmates it takes in to prevent overcrowding during the pandemic.
‘We have reduced the folks we are taking to jail,’ Police Chief Jami Resch told Willamette Week. ‘We are taking felonies and mandatory arrests to jail.’
In the video from Oregon, an employee asks the men for a receipt as they walk out of the store. One of the men points to the side in an attempt to distract her and says, ‘Right there,’ as he walks past her.