Serial shoplifter sought

Battlefords RCMP are investigating a string of thefts from businesses over the last two days which appear to be completed by the same individual. 

Police say one incident occured Tuesday, Feb. 17 and three more were reported Wednesday, Feb. 18.  A single male perpetrator entered each business and asked employees to unlock expensive items and giving him access to them. 

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Police say the man then requests additional products and, while the employee is distracted, flees the stores with the initial property he requested. 

The shoplifter is described as Caucasian, about 5'3" with brown hair and a shaggy beard.  He is believed to be in his 20s or 30s and is driving a darker car.  Police say he may have been captured by surveillance video at one or more of the stores, which will be made available to the public once received by investigators from the victim businesses. 

Police are advising businesses in the area to be aware of this subject.

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