Cop Recognizes Thieves in Costco. Knows Exactly How to Catch Them When They Try to Escape


Many people are creatures of habit, choosing to follow a certain routine in their day to day lives. Maybe you eat the same thing for breakfast every single day, or you obsessively walk through the door at your office at the same time each day.

Our adult personalities and behaviors took at least 20 years to develop, and many of our habits will stay with us throughout our lives.

By observing our routines, other people can predict our behaviors, especially if we do the same thing in every situation.

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Take these two thieves in Seattle, Washington, for example.

They were on their way out of Costco with their arms full of computers and vacuum cleaners. Their escape route was planned through an emergency exit.

There was one problem with their plan — they had committed the same crime using the same escape route before.

An officer inside the store recognized one of the suspects as a repeat thief who had stolen items from that Costco before and escaped through an emergency exit.

He predicted they would use the same route again, and alerted the police to the possible crime.

So, this time, as the thieves made a break for it, they had a surprise waiting.

The Seattle Police Department found a getaway car stationed outside of the emergency exit doors with a female driver inside.

As one officer interviewed the woman, the others stationed themselves outside of the doors, waiting for the thieves to appear.

The alarm went off and the two pushed through the doors only to be greeted by the fleet of police officers.

The thieves tried running back into the store but were quickly detained by the police.

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“Wow, that worked out great,” one officer could be heard saying.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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