Stores see big losses from retail 'booster' thieves

Nearly 80 percent of US retailers report thefts where stolen items are returned for store credit gift cards; cards are then resold for cash on secondary market


By Dave Larsen
Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio — Organized theft rings have found a new way to get quick cash for stolen merchandise by returning those items to retail stores for easily transferable gift cards, experts said.

Local law enforcement officials said they have seen signs of such activity in some parts of southwest Ohio.

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