Hendersonville sees slight increase in shoplifting cases in 2024

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Hendersonville police are taking a hard line on shoplifting and told News 2 they are seeing “a lot of organized retail theft.”

“How we get up and go to work somewhere, these folks are getting up and going to work shoplifting,” said Scott Ryan, Hendersonville Commander.

Hendersonville Commander Scott Ryan said the department is on pace to have a slight increase in shoplifting cases in 2024. They’ve seen a slow steady rise since 2022.

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“With the organized retail theft, we are not only seeing people coming from other states but other countries,” Ryan said.

And while cities across the country are seeing shoplifting scenarios play out in their community, commander Ryan points out that thieves are getting bolder.

“There are a lot of folks that make a living by loading up carts in a grocery and running out the door with them,” Commander Ryan said.

On top of that, he said police are seeing a new level of resistance that hasn’t been seen before.

“When shoplifters are confronted, we are having a lot of runners, we are having a lot of fleeing in vehicles some that are offering physical resistance . . .we’ve had weapons displayed when a loss prevention specialist has confronted a shoplifter,” Commander Ryan said.

Because of this, the Hendersonville Police Department is dedicating extra resources and officers to patrol areas that often fall under attack like the big box stores.

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“We’ve actually been able to have a 20% increase in our solve rate when we were doing that,” Commander Ryan said.

And he said the police aren’t just searching for thieves in plain sight but taking to social media and the black market.

“We are monitoring those sites. We are looking for good deals just like everybody else. and when we see one that matches are stolen products we will be knocking on the door,” Commander Ryan said.

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