Police crack down on growing trend of grab-and-run heists - KCTV5

Police crack down on growing trend of grab-and-run heists

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Recent surveillance pictures show two suspects from a local grab and run at Macy's at Oak Park Mall. Recent surveillance pictures show two suspects from a local grab and run at Macy's at Oak Park Mall.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Grab and runs are becoming increasingly popular for thieves, and they are not your ordinary shoplifters.

"We are not going to stand by and sit back and relax and wait for them to come to us," Detective Byron Pierce said.  "These thieves are professional.  It's something they do, and it may be their job."

There are dozens of YouTube videos showing actual grab and runs.

Typically, at least two people go into a store, grab as much merchandise as they can and run out.  It happens in no time at all.

Recent surveillance pictures show two suspects from a grab and run at Macy's at Oak Park Mall.

Investigators say the same men hit the store twice exactly a week apart. They got away with close to $3,000 in stolen goods. Each time, the thieves were inside less than 20 seconds.

"People who are impacting the community are not only impacting Kansas City, MO, they are impacting Blue Springs and the Kansas City metro," Pierce said.

The organized retail crime initiative started by Overland Park police allows law enforcement from both sides of the state line to work closely together to share information on suspects.  They also work with loss prevention.

Detectives say it is not uncommon for these thieves to set out with shopping lists of what they need to steal to fulfill orders placed online and through social media.

Investigators are now closely monitoring online activity, as well as going undercover, to catch the crooks and put them out of business.

What is more disturbing, police say, is as these groups get more organized, they also get more violent.

"We have seen behaviors escalate in the last year.  They don't want to be caught," Pierce said.

Anyone with information on the identity of the people in the surveillance photos above is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS, or the Overland Park Police Department's Investigation Division at 913-535-3193.

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