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'Tis the season for a rise in holiday crime

The man got away with about 125 packets of Gamakatsu fishing hooks worth over $300. (Source: Security footage) The man got away with about 125 packets of Gamakatsu fishing hooks worth over $300. (Source: Security footage)
NEW HOPE, AL (WAFF) -

'Tis the season for holiday cheer and holiday crime. One local business is feeling the effects of a crook taking off with some of their merchandise last week. It's something they said hurts their pockets and their bottom line.

Last Thursday the cameras at Keller's Tackle and Grocery caught a thief in action.

"He was stuffing his pockets and his jacket pockets and his back pockets while looking around seeing where everybody was," said Keller's owner, Darrell Newman. "We have 16 cameras in here and we can pretty much see every place you go."

The man got away with about 125 packets of Gamakatsu fishing hooks. That set Newman back more than $330.  He said in the nearly eight years the business has been open, they've never been had for this many hooks.

"Being a small store, a small 'mom and pop' operation that goes directly to their bottom line and it hurts, especially right here at our slow time of year," he said. 

It's the time of year when police say there is usually a spike in crime. They said it's typical to see more burglaries, robberies and shoplifting from around Black Friday until the New Year.

Newman has experienced that spike in crime firsthand. Newman said he would advise the man not steal from any other tackle shops in the Valley because he's made sure that his picture has been passed around. When people steal hooks in large amounts like that, Newman said they usually take them to a flea market to try and sell them.

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