Beware shoplifters: That person outside the store just might be a police officer.
Fairview Heights had officers strolling St. Clair Square mall Tuesday night, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
“Attention thieves: we have several undercover officers roaming the mall tonight. Tell your friends!” it read.
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Plainclothes and uniformed officers have patrolled around the mall during the season, including approximately 86 hours of overtime worked during Black Friday, according to a police release. No officers are permitted to take vacations during the busy holiday season, and crime was almost zero over the Black Friday weekend, police said: three shoplifting incidents and zero auto thefts, car break-ins or crimes against persons.
Police Chief Nick Gailius said they intended to use saturated patrols and undercover officers throughout the holiday season.