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LOGAN POLICE SEEING UPSURGE IN SHOPLIFTING

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Shoplifting reports here have increased by 32 percent this year, police say.

The Logan City Police Department has so far received 558 shoplifting calls - up from 422 in 1995. Police say handling a single shoplifting report can take up to eight hours, depending on the number of suspects and merchandise involved."We're just getting more and more of them (shoplifters), and they're being more organized," said Logan Police Officer Brad Sorenson.

In an attempt to curtail shoplifting, Sorenson and fellow officer Troy Thurston recently trained Cache Valley Mall merchants to spot shoplifters.

Police say thieves routinely watch clerks and other customers more than they browse through merchandise. They may also withdraw to deserted aisles in an attempt to conceal items.