Turkey-Taking Tactics Caught on Camera

Newly-released surveillance video shows shoppers allegedly attempting to steal a turkey from the grocery store.
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And now to an alert about holiday shoplifting. Look at these people allegedly caught stealing a Turkey from a grocery store. Not easy to do. And ABC's kendis Gibson is here with the story. Good morning, kendis. Reporter: Good morning, Lara. People are hungry. The average Thanksgiving day Turkey, get this is about 15 pounds so you'd think that it would be pretty hard for anyone to sneak anything that big out of a supermarket. Think again. Thanksgiving is a time of giving, but for some it's all about taking. Watch this grocery store shopper ring up one item in self-checkout but walk away with a Turkey. Security cops stoplift released these videos of alleged Turkey bandits this season. At another shelf checkout this shopper scanned some items but appears to miss the mark on the Turkey and walks it through. Some security experts say theft is up to five types more likely at self-checkout counters than manned checkouts. Customers look for opportunity. If no one is watching them and they say, wow, this is easy, then they may try it. Reporter: But check it out. This video at a regular checkout line, you see the same thick, some items being scanned but had time the prize poultry just remains in the shopping cart. And same here, the Turkey stays in the cart, not getting up to the conveyer belt for pricing. Shoplifting costs U.S. Retailers an estimated $17 billion a year. Losses that mean higher prices for the rest of us. The profit margins is anywhere from 1% to 3% and a regular basket full of groceries if one item is either not rang up or destroyed, the profit for that entire buggy of groceries is gone. Does it increase price, yes, it does over the long haul it absolutely does. Reporter: Okay, so perhaps one reason behind so many Turkey theft, the price of the bird itself. It is the most expensive part of the Thanksgiving meal. This year the cost of the average Turkey is more than $23. The highest it's been in decades. Kendis, thank you very much.

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