Reusable bags give shoplifters more room to hide loot

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 am

AUSTIN, Texas — Shoplifters are taking advantage of recent bans on single-use bags, prompting stores and police in places like Austin, Texas, to more closely monitor reusable-bag-toting customers.

Store managers and police say the ban, which went into effect in Austin March 1, has made it more difficult for them to distinguish between customers and shoplifters. They say people place items in their reusable bags while shopping and walk out of the store without paying.

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