Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
This shoplifter nabbqr pretty effective By DAVID B. ELY HeraM Staff Writer Of the methods used in Lethbridge to prevent and catch Mrs. K. is probably the prettiest. She's also one of the most efficient. She doesn't look like a store detective. She could be a young housewife or a career girl out shopping for the afternooon. But her job is catching something she's been doing for over three years. With shoplifting becoming increasingly prevalent among all age ethnic backgrounds and income stores are constantly looking for ways to keep their patrons from five-fingering the merchandise. The result has been an array of hardware that includes electronic detection closed-circuit TV and one- way mirrors. But the best method is still most store managers believe. 'Mrs. K. explained that before a suspected shoplifter is it has to be determined that the person pick- ed up the item and left the store with it. Sounds easy but when a case comes to it has to be proven that the suspect was under constant surveillance from the moment the item was picked up. A TV camera cannot follow a person from one department to another and out into the parking lot. Mrs. K. can. Although shoplifters vary widely in background and degree of they do have something in common. give themselves Mrs. K. said. have strange behavior patterns. They don't act the same way as normal She refused to elaborate. The under-20 shoplifters are the easiest to and this might have something to do with the majority of shoplifters prosecuted being younger people. Mrs. K. says that maybe there are just as many adult but some of them are getting away with it because they are more clever than the younger thieves. A certain amount of danger comes with Mrs. K.'s she but she very seldom picks anyone up by herself. I can see it's someone I can't I'll get she said. The store where she works employs a number of plainclothes security personnel. She wouldn't say how many. Like Mrs. they pose as shoppers. So if you're thinking of sneaking that makeup kit or that ring into your shopping take a long look at the little old lady pawing through the 39-cent-bargain table. She might be a floorwalker. Shoplifters are usually surprised when stopped outside the Mrs. K. said. And they usually co-operate. had very few try to run she said. who has run away has been even though it took four hours to catch one of Most stores now nave a policy of charging all adult and teenage shoplifters. One department store manager in Lethbridge said peo- ple who shoplift are in need of and store managers aren't trained for that. easiest and fairest thing to do is turn them all over to the he said. they need the police will recommend Mrs. K. agrees that some of the people who shoplift do it for the psychological thrill they get out of it. She knows for sure people don't steal from stores because they are desperately poor. few have stolen for need in the three years I've been she said. have enough money to pay for the items they have Most of the merchandise stolen is useless she not necessities. Costume jewelry and cosmetics rank high on shoplifting she said. After three Mrs. K. has encountered quite a number of shoplifters. These people undoubtedly point the demure detective out to their friends. Doesn't this spoil her effectiveness as plainclothes but I'm a good she said with a smile. Although it might be a pleasure to be caught by such a detective as Mrs. the rest of the procedure is no fun District The LetKbridge Herald for the shoplifter. The laws make no differentiation between shoplifting and any other kind of theft. A person charged with shoplifting is fingerprinted and photograph- ed by the and a conviction means a person has a criminal record. And of sorts has even infiltrated the courts. First-offence up until a week were usual- ly fined and costs. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson has now started fining them is becoming all too Provincial Judge Hudson said. will continue to increase the fine until shoplifting no longer becomes a profitable If a person is convicted of shoplifting a second he or she might not have the option of a but will be given a jail sentence. Shoplifting increases at Christmas time. A summons to appear in court as a criminal certainly makes a memorable Christmas memento. Another Christmas season activity is stealing lights Christmas decorations. City police have received over 30 such complaints since Dec. 1. Although it might be done as a Ihsp. Glen B. Michelson. of the city points out that the law makes no provision for pranks. This kind of theft is dealt with exactly the same way as shoplifting. Local news SECOND SECTION December 1973 Pages 17-32 Transfer plan first in Alberta Preparing for opening Muriel Jolliffe directs members of the pantomime class which will present to a sell out opening night audience Dec. 26. Tickets are still available for other performances at each night from Dec. 26 until Dec. with a p.m. performance The annual Christmas pantomime stars Frank Featherstone as Mother Sinbad with Linda Johnson as the leading lady. Others include Kirk Frank Albert Azarra and Dawn McCaugherty. Provincial court Lethbridge man denies hashish pushing charge A Lethbridge man charged with possession of hashish for the purposes of trafficking pleaded not guilty in provin- cial court Friday. Lawrence was arrested by RCMP of- ficers Dec. 14. His trial has been set for Feb. 8. Rasmussen is still in custody but bail has been set at Oil rig worker dies A 21-year-old Barnwell man died Friday in a Calgary hospital two days after he was injured in an industrial acci- dent on an oil rig. Delbert Lynn Johnson was working on a rig owned by Cactus Drilling Co. of Calgary when the accident police say. The exploration rig is located about 15 miles northeast of Taber. Coroner Dr. Gerald Beckie A Lethbridge area man who has pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals was remanded in provincial court Friday for sentencing. Alec first appeared on the charge Nov. 10. The court was told Grisack was the owner of about 75 head of cattle in very poor condition. Several of the animals had died from star- vation. A letter from a veterinarian read in court Friday noted that the death toll in the herd had reached and that several more were expected to die. A Coalhurst man was fined in provincial court Friday and prohibited from driving for two years after pleading guilty to a charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than .08 per cent. Raymond Wooley was arrested by RCMP Dec. 1 near Coalhurst. He was also fined and costs for driving Wooley has two other im- paired driving convictions this year. A man charged with two burglaries in and held in Alberta Hospital Ponoka since then appeared in provincial court Friday after being declared fit to stand trial. John David no fix- ed was accused breaking and entering the Haig Clinic and Beneficial Finance premises. He reserv- ed election and plea until Dec. and was remanded in custody. Police said Ryan is wanted on other charges in and B.C. A Hardieville woman was sentenced in provincial court Friday to 60 days in jail for stealing a car. Marie Gladys admitted stealing a car Thurs- day outside the bar of a city By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The transfer agreement an- nounced Friday between the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Community College is the first of its kind in Alberta. It is also the first transfer agreement LCC has negotiated with a Canadian University. Other colleges in the province have transfer arrangements with Alberta's universities but all are strictly for the transfer of credit in programs that have been designed to be the first year or two of a university degree program. The transfer agreement between LCC and the U of L covers programs that originated with the college as two-year diploma programs and were not designed to be university transfer programs. Students awarded a diploma upon completion of any one of the LCC communication business out- door education and conserva- tion nursing and law enforcement programs are now able to enter the U of L with some advanced credit. Students admitted to the U of L with a diploma in nursing or business admisistration will receive unspecified credit for 10 semester courses in arts and science at the U of L. I '7 -Eleven 1 double pricing continues9 g Four months after other food chains stopped double-pricing their 7-Eleven stores in Lethbridge continue the The only obvious ac- g tion the 7-Eleven stores have taken in response to repeated complaints jx from consumers and A- government that the practice was unethical has been to camouflage the lower price with an ink blot. Friday the chain received warning from George provincial consumer af- fairs officer in 8 to honor promise made more than a month ago to stop rais- i ing prices on old stock. told them we were looking at this with all sorts of i Mr. Blochert said in a S telephone interview. Mr. Blochert was S acting on a complaint received from a Lethbridge consumer that city stores were still double-tagging goods. A Herald survey Fri- day uncovered inked-out prices under fresh price tags on frozen goods at all three stores. Mr. Blochert said both city and head office officials of the chain had assured him in ear- ly November double- pricing stop im- He said his depart- ment has received good co-operation from other food chains in stopping the practice. In years of university the credit granted is equal to one-year of a four- year degree program. Students with diplomas in communication outdoor recreation and conservation education orMaw enforcement will be given unspecified credit for five semester courses in arts and sciences which is actually a half year credit in the four-year degree program. College students who wish to receive credit at the U of L for specific courses taken at LCC will have to follow the normal existing admission routes to the university. Each student will still have to challenge for credit through examination when attempting to receive credit at the U of L for specific courses taken at the college. This would apply to courses in non-transfer programs and to courses within the transfer programs that an LCC student may have received credit for. even though he or she did not complete the requirements for the two-year diploma. Dr. Bill university says the criteria for granting university credit focus upon the common con- tent of university and college courses and is the result of an extensive study of each program involved and of U of L courses. The result is a system of granting credit that allows a student to advance a certain distance towards completion of a university degree rather than merely equating one course at the college to one at the U of L. credit for specific courses may be a further development of the transfer agreement now in effect. Dr. C.D. college is optimistic that the transfer agreement will expand even further once the transfer arrangements have been in operation for a certain time. am quite confident they'll of want to give us more credit within the next year or he said. If students transferring to the U of L show they have a good background in the courses taken at the the transferring of credit in other areas may Dr. Stewart suggested. One of the obstacles in developing a transfer agree- ment on specific courses are differences in course content and in credentials of the instructors of the courses. Both presidents insisted the Dec. 19 meeting in Edmonton between the department of ad- vanced education and ad- ministrators of Alberta's post-secondary institutions on student transferability had nothing to do with the finaliz- ing of a transfer arrangement between the two local in- stitutions. The department of advanc- ed education indicated at the meeting that it would take ac- tion to change legislation to make transferability com- pulsory if Alberta's post- secondary institutions were not able to work out an agree- ment oq their own. Jim minister of ad- vanced indicated Dec. 19 that the government will release a policy on student-transfer in January. Dr. Beckel at a press conference Friday assured reporters the transfer agree- ment with LCC was not tem- porary. It is in effect now and it will grow into an even more exten- sive agreement in the hp said Presidents agree U of L president Dr. Bill Beckel and LCC president Dr. C. D. Stewart Bow Island co-op livestock market Brain child takes form BOW ISLAND Work has started on a livestock auction market own- ed by a co-operative of ranchers and businessmen in this agricultural town 65 miles east of Lethbridge. It is the second major business to establish in the taking 12.3 acres of the town's 114-acre industrial park. The other major in- dustry is a field bean process- ing plant now under construc- tion. The auction market was originally the brain child of the Bow Island Chamber of Commerce about one year ago. A public meeting was held Feb. 26 at which time a provisional board of directors was elected to consider the feasibility of the proposal. Jerry a rancher about three miles south of Bow was named secretary of the provisional board and he reported to another public meeting in April that an auction market would be successful in the County of Forty Mile. At this the Bow Island Livestock Co-operative Ltd. was formed with 30 shareholders buying the shares. To date there are 67 including nine Bow Island who have contributed toward the project. Once the provisional board was made an 000 guarantee for money was received from the Alberta Agricultural Development Corporation. Mr. Fleming said the auc- tion market will handle about 10 per cent of the cattle from Resident draws Sweeps horse One Lethbridge resident is among those whose tickets have been drawn for the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes based on the Sweeps Hurdle to be run Dec. 27 near Dublin. The lucky person using the nom-de-plume and holding ticket ADT 77240 was drawn against the horse Do Justice. Ticket AES held by 'n' of was drawn against Moonlight Bay. Thirteen other Albertans were also drawn. The list gives the horse's ticket name or nom-de-plume and hometown where available. Zellaman ADT Perambulate BRR 86045. Moonlight Bay BRQ Luck of the Captain Christy ABE Red and BPQ Redcliffe. Inaudible BRJ Judy Cullen ABS Yellow Mr. Barcock AEM Black Bumble Boy BRR Celtingo BPT Mythical King ADH Salviati BPN Mrs. Millett Amber Knieht ADD 82524. Red. Edmonton. the County of Forty Mile. When the feasibility study was cattle and hog prices were at record high levels. At those the auction market would have made amounts of revenue over expenses. Since the livestock prices have the market will have to operate at a closer margin of he said. Built into the auction market located in the extreme southeast corner of the town is room for a farmer's market. Bow Island mayor Fred Mellen told The'Herald the town council promoted the idea of establishing a farmer's market when the Alberta Department of Agriculture announced financial assistance was available to in- dividuals and groups. Bow Island was the only centre in Southern Alberta to apply for money. The town ran a series of advertisements in the local newspaper to survey producers and consumers to get their acceptance. Mr. Mellen said while the response from both producers to supply the market and con- sumers to patronize it wasn't there were no negative remarks. Under the provincial assistance will be available for capital expen- ditures and physical facilities. Another will be available for promotion pur- poses. Mr Mellen said 'the town businessmen are fully behind the fanner's market because they feel it will help to bring more people to Bow Island to shop. Final decisions regarding the auction market co- operative including the farmer's market in their building will be make Mr. Flemmine said.