FOUR people have been arrested for allegedly stealing from a Dick’s Sporting Goods store.
The arrests come just days after the company’s CEO addressed alarming retail crime levels across the country.
On Monday afternoon, police received a call alerting them to four people who employees said had allegedly stolen from the Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Employees told police they followed people out of the store, where they drove off in a gold SUV and a silver KIA, according to a local NBC affiliate WMTV.
The SUV was still in the parking lot when police arrived and was eventually pulled over after attempting to flee the scene.
According to WMTV, police found three people inside and about $300 worth of stolen items.
The fourth suspect was spotted inside a Burger King and being questioned by police.
This suspect was later arrested by police, who requested a blood test to determine if he was intoxicated.
Police found about $50 worth of stolen goods and open containers in the fourth suspect’s car, officials said.
This suspect was sentenced to Rock County Jail and faces charges of shoplifting, obstruction of an officer and second offense while intoxicated, according to WMTV.
Police said the man, who was originally from Illinois, had an arrest warrant in that state.
The three women in the SUV were each charged with retail theft, WMTV reported.
According to police, all four suspects were in their 50s, but were not identified.
The arrests come just days after Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Lauren Hobart blamed a rise in retail crime for the company’s shrinking profits.
Dick’s posted a second-quarter loss earlier in the month after the company shed hundreds of jobs.
The company blamed “organized retail crime and our ability to effectively manage inventory shrinkage” for the decline in profits.
Hobart reported a 23 percent drop in quarterly profit – even though sales rose 3.6 percent.
“Our second-quarter profitability fell short of our expectations, due in large part to the impact of increased inventory shrinkage, an increasingly serious issue affecting many retailers,” Hobart said in a phone call.
“Based on the results of our most recent physical inventory cycle, the impact of theft on our shrinkage was relevant to both our second quarter results and our outlook for the remainder of the year,” continued Hobart.
“We are doing everything we can to address the issue and ensure the safety of our businesses, our teammates and athletes.”