The shoplifting epidemic that is sweeping the nation has cost the retail industry close to $45 billion in the last year, according to experts. And, they say those losses trickle down to you, the consumer.
 
Sergeant Rich Rossman from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department in Florida says this theft isn’t done by shoplifters – but rather a network of highly skilled retail criminals.
 

“Organized retail crime has a much larger financial impact as opposed to what a lot of people see as the shoplifting,” Sgt. Rossman says. “Many of the professionals, they live a very good lifestyle. That’s what they do. That’s their job.”
 
Hear more about organized retail crime in the video above – including how much the criminals can make in a year.
 
On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, "License to Steal: The Shoplifting Crisis," Dr. Phil devotes his platform to the shoplifting crisis that is sweeping the nation. Hear from a store manager who stopped a thief and from an admitted organized retail criminal. Check local listings to see where you can tune in.

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