Carthage Shoplifting Crackdown

Published 02/20 2014 08:53AM

Updated 02/20 2014 08:59AM

CARTHAGE, Mo. -- The Carthage Police Department is issuing stiffer fines to help stop shoplifters. Over the past two years, larceny cases in Carthage have increased 50%. That's forced the police department to increase bonds and fines by $100.

If you're caught shoplifting, the bond to get out of jail is now $300. If you're found guilty, the fine is now $250. Officers say they hope it will make people think twice before breaking the law.

"I definitely think the effort we're making to reduce larcenies is going to reduce them over a years time. The officers presence, the fine amount and bond amount being raised," said Lt. Josh Cahoon, Carthage Police Department.

Officers will also increase the patrols of popular stores to decrease crime.

(KODE, Joplin)

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