Transcript for 'Shakespeare of Shoplifting' Depicts His Many Retail Store Heists
may be hard to shake. We're back at 7:41. It's a busy season for shoplifters. ABC's Matt Gutman has the story. Reporter: 'Tis the season for shopping and shoplifters. About 25,000 shoplifters active every hour across the country. The loss to retailers, in the billions. This means higher prices for us. So to find out what the watch for when the five-fingered discounters try to cash in this season -- Hey, how many states do you think you worked in? One year, I hit the whole 50. Reporter: I sat down with a convicted shoplift person the unassuming 46-year-old has strold out of hundreds of retailers over his career carrying merchandise worth millions. Watch him at work. On store security camera. His signature move, box-stuffing. Watch him pack num Ros electronic gaping pads into that empty box. Then he buys the $34 box and has hundreds of dollars of goods inside. He had shoplifting down a science. There's only five methods. On you, if you're a female, it's in the purse. In a bag. In a shopping cart. Or it's in a box. Reporter: Making thousands of dollars of merchandise disappear in front of the cashier takes some sleight of hand. Two key props. A teddy bear to help him seem warm and fuzzy. You buy a teddy bear. You get a cashier, oh, it's so cute. Reporter: Prop number two a sweaty bottle of cold water. Hand them the water so the hand is wet. Reporter: Why? She'll wipe it down. Scan the box, she won't touch anything. Reporter: The cashier not touching the box is crucial. She doesn't realize it's heavy andull of loot. This Broward county police officer followed him for one day. He was up bright and early. He went from early to late. Reporter: He spent two years in prison. Greater punishment for him. He's banned from entering any of the chance he stole from. For "Good morning America," Matt Gutman, ABC news, Miami.
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