Supermarkets, with their everyday, modestly priced products, would seem an unlikely target for organized crime. Yet for more than two decades, crime rings have been sending teams of professional shoplifters, or "boosters," into supermarkets and other retail outlets. Their focus has been on baby formula, over-the-counter drugs, razor blades, batteries, DVDs and other products they can readily sell to fences, flea markets or mom-and-pop stores. Criminals have come to learn what food ...

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