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Shoplifting Confessions

As the nation suffers through an economic meltdown, many Americans resort to drastic measures to keep their families afloat.

A Life of Crime?



Recently, the shoplifting spouses videotaped on the road. "I didn't really want to go on this trip, but we needed the money right now. It's well planned. We mapped out 20 [stores], but depending on how the kids get, we'll stay today and tomorrow and probably come home on Sunday," Laura says.

While Matthew makes his rounds at the stores, Laura sits in the car with their three children  "I'm a little nervous just waiting for him, not knowing what's going to go on, but I try to keep my eye out if I see any police officers," she says. "I just call him, and he stops what he does."

Back in the car, Matthew says, "It's easy money."

"Like how much money so far?"

"Probably about $600 or $700," he replies. "Mostly LEGO stuff."

After three stores, Laura shows off the bounty in the trunk. "The trunk is almost full," she says, displaying boxes of games.


In the deepening twilight, she recounts, "Right now it is about 7:00 on Friday. We are at our 10th store. We mailed five to 10 boxes home already." 

On Saturday, the couple is back on the road. "We are at our third store for the morning. I think so far we have about $4,000 or $5,000 worth of stuff," Laura says.

The next day, they amass even more stolen goods. "It's about 1:00. We are at our 27th store, and now we'll head home. We still have about a five-hour drive," Laura says.

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