BUSINESS
11/22/2009 04:33 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Shoplifting Soars As Economy Tumbles

Richard R. Johnson is the first to admit it was a bad idea.

Recently laid off from a job building trailers in Elkhart, Ind., Mr. Johnson came up a dollar short at Martin's Supermarket last month when he went to buy a $4.99 bottle of sleep medication. So, "for some stupid reason," he tried to shoplift it and was immediately arrested.

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