SINKING SPRING, PA — Spring Township Police Department made an arrest on April 10, 2023, of 28-year-old David Castro-Burgos for retail theft. According to the criminal complaint, Castro-Burgos was observed concealing merchandise in a suitcase and leaving Kohl’s Department Store, located at 2700 Paper Mill Road in Sinking Spring, Berks County, without paying for the items. The total loss to the store was $1665.05.
Castro-Burgos was later taken into custody during a traffic stop and charged with Retail Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. He is currently being held at Berks County Prison pending his preliminary hearing.
The retail industry is facing a major issue that is costing billions of dollars each year: shrink. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), shrink is a collective term that encompasses various problems such as theft, inventory mismanagement, and gift card fraud. In 2022 alone, retail shrink accounted for an astoundingly high loss of almost $95 billion.
The Spring Township Police Department encourages citizens to be proactive in preventing retail crime by reporting suspicious activity or unattended packages immediately to police or store personnel. If you have any information regarding this case or other incidents of retail theft, contact your local police department or call 911 if it is an emergency situation.
Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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