Santa just got some help this holiday season with his naughty list.
By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
The Kansas City Star
In an effort to deter shoplifting, Kansas City police have created a website where they are posting the names of accused holiday shoplifters along with descriptions of their alleged crimes and mugshots, if available.
Santa’s Naughty List: Kansas City features people who have been arrested and charged with shoplifting $25 or more worth of goods from Kansas City stores.
For instance, Wayne L. Kindle was charged with stealing three sweatshirts worth $180 and Nike Lebron James tennis shoes valued at $200 from the Foot Locker storeat 1254 E. Meyer Blvd.
Michael Hilyard was charged with stealing a cellphone cover, stationary, pens, labels and tape worth $84.99 from the Target store at 9220 N.E. Barry Road.
Shawnta Thompson and Tashai Allen were charged with stealing eight purses worth nearly $3,000 from the Coach store on the Country Club Plaza.
Rickey N. Coleman was charged with taking a 55-inch flat-screen Sanyo TV, valued at $498, from the Wal-Mart at 11601 E. U.S. 40 and trying to drive off with it in one of the store’s electric scooters.
Shoplifting increases during the holiday season, said Kansas City Police Sgt. Mike Foster.
“Because there are more shoppers out and stores are busier, employees can’t pay as much attention to shoplifters,” Foster said. “It’s an advantage for the people who are professionals.”
Also, people who usually don’t shoplift are tempted because they don’t have money for gifts, Foster said.
People who think someone is shoplifting should not confront the person, Foster said. Instead, they should notify store employees.
The website, SantasNaughtyListKC.com, will remain online until Jan. 15.