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Theft's a risk when there's a crowd

Stored under In the News on November 27, 2006 at 11:31 AM
Chances are if you've had a garage sale you've had something stolen or you've been worried about it.

Cheryl Burnett frets about it. She lives in east Mesa and recently had a sale along with neighbors on her street close to Brown and Power roads. She says every time she has a garage sale she's convinced someone will snatch an item when she's not looking. Cheryl laughs when she tells me she has never even had anything taken so she's not quite sure why she worries about it - but she does.

"It's a bit ironic because here I am willing to get rid of things for just pennies but at the same time I'm worried about people just walking up and taking stuff. I guess because it would be a violation and that would bother me," she said.

As you know, I go to a lot of garage sales and I occasionally hold them. And, yes, I've had something stolen, too. But you know what, even though I've had a few things swiped from my garage sales I'm still convinced the good outweighs the bad. After all, at garage sales we can meet new people, declutter our homes and make some decent pocket change.

And if a less-than-honest shopper shows up, there are a few things we can do to prevent stealing.

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