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Safeway Video Surveillance Images End Crook's Shoplifting Career

Published by Ellen on May 21, 2012 9:14 AM

As he was led out of the courtroom, Richard Lavern Remington had one last thing to say to Safeway officials after he was banned from the store for life and ordered by Judge Youlee Yim You to pay $20,000 for the crimes he committed: "I'll be back!"

Not once, not twice, but 103 times. That's the number of thefts committed by Remington, 58, between November 2010 and January 2011 at Safeway, as reported by the Oregonian on May 18, 2012. During those 10 months, multiple Safeway stores in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties experienced roughly $7,707 in retail losses.

Remington was a relentless and hardworking shoplifter. Director of Loss Prevention for Safeway in Oregon and Southwest Washington had studied Remington's shoplifting routine in hours of security camera images: "He'd work 11,12 hour days, seven days a week."

On a typical shoplifting "workday," Remington and his girlfriend would hit up multiple Safeway stores in a white van and steal a wide range of products including batteries, DVDs, Rogaine hair removal treatment, razors, shampoo, and CDs. Incidentally, in-demand black market retail products like batteries and razor blades are often resold by shoplifters on the Internet and at flea markets.

Safeway investigators were on to Remington's nonstop shoplifting spree, and finally had the evidence they needed after sifting through three weeks worth of recorded video surveillance tape that clearly revealed Remington stealing from the grocery store chain.

It all ended when Fairview, Oregon Police stopped Remington and discovered a suitcase brimming with stolen retail goods. If it weren't for the recorded video in this case, Remington would likely be shoplifting at a Safeway store right now.

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