Stores battle shoplifting amid thefts by organized rings

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Even the Tide is behind lock and key. Shoppers at the CVS at 19th and Chestnut Streets in Center City must wait for salespeople to unlock cases to buy detergent, Pampers and Old Spice deodorant, among many other routine products. The heightened security and added inconvenience reflects a constant battle with shoplifters waged by retail stores across the city and the region. At the 19th Street CVS, salesclerk Jaden Mitchell says the theft is constant — and frustrating. “All we can do is watch. The policy is you can’t touch them,” Mitchell says. “They come in with bags, fill the b…

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