in it Shoplifting Dwindles The recently announced get tough policy toward shoplifters caught in Zast Alton apparently is paying dividends for police and merchants in the village. Not one case of shoplifting has been reported to police since Oct. 1 when it was decided that shoplifters would be tried as criminals in circuit court instead of police magis- tra(e court wh th I — - only a nominal fine. "I'm really grateful for the publicity given to the change in procedure," Wanda Riggins head of the security guards at Arlan's Department Store, said today. Since the two stories on shoplifting appeared in the Telegraph, no one has been arrested and only two have been caught. These two boys, 13 and 14. were lectured and released of angle, is Edwardsville KCs HearJudgeGodfrey to their parents and ordered not to return to the store. The reduction in shoplifting cases reported to police is not duo to any change in policy by the store. It still intends to prosecute all adults caught and most of the .juveniles. In one of the stories in tht Telegraph, it was reported that shoplifting clubs had been foimcd in most of the area high schools, with the theft of some item a requirement for admittance. "We don't sec many youngsters in the store anymore," said Mrs. Riggins. "They may be doing it some place, b u t they are out of East Alton. And we don't see many of our Gillispic and other towns always told us after they were caught they had heard from friends how easy it was to shoplift here. Well, the word apparently has gotten around now about the new trial procedure in the village and they are avoiding us." East Alton Mayor Charles Vanpreter ordered the change following a legal ruling from Village Attorney Francis Manning. Manning ruled that the village had no more right passing an ordinance against shoplifting than it did passing one against murder. "Shoplifting is a crime and should be handled by the state," Manning ruled. way in as he those warmth day we'll again. forth, teletypes had 24 ran a bar. buy while As etc.