Along with the Santa photo ops, piped-in Christmas carols and glittery window displays, the holidays also bring more nefarious traditions — shoplifting and fraudulent returns.
Cyclical as these crimes tend to be, this year stores are seeing an upswing — in part due to the Internet making it easier for crooks to find new ways to steal, to get fake IDs that can later be used for on-the-spot credit cards and to unload the stolen goods online. Security guards, meanwhile, are being extra vigilant about looking out for groups of shoppers who disperse once they enter a store but maintain contact via cell phones. Other culprits have been known to send one group in to case a store and another group to actually steal, according to a Times Square security guard.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"