In the annals of law enforcement, there is said to be no such thing as the perfect crime. However, bottom-of-the-basket (BOB) theft may belie that notion. If a shopper tries to steal a large bag of dog food by placing it at the bottom of the shopping cart, one of two things will occur: the theft will be successful; or the cashier will notice the dog food, the shopper will say she forgot it was there (which could be true), and the item will be scanned and paid for. Though the shopper's ...

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