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More Retail Thefts Committed Than Solved Along Moline's John Deere Road Corridor


FBI statistics show Moline police officers reported 15-hundred cases of property crime last year.

Most of those thefts from stores.

Police tell us this years numbers are trending even higher for the shops along John Deere Road, but very few of the reported cases end up with an arrest.

The national average for cities the size of Moline is 20 percent.

Meaning out of every five cases only one gets closed.

That doesn't necessarily mean it gets solved.

Police consider a case closed if there's an arrest made, or if they run into a dead end and have no more leads to follow.

That's why officers say more information will lead to more successes.

"Everyday is different, depends on what we get, sometimes we get shoplifters, people that just have questions for us, anything that happens on the street happens here," says Moline police officer Jennifer Dobosz.

She's worked in the department's South Park Mall unit for the last year and a half. She says it's a mini-city, which is why Moline stations three officers here.

"We get a lot of retail thefts, people using credit cards, stolen purses."

Dobosz splits her day between patrolling the mall and following up on cases. She's busy this time of year. Lots of holiday shopping traffic leading to more cases of theft.

"When people are trying to get presents for their family and they don't necessarily have the money to pay for it, they find other ways."

Those cases often go unsolved. Officers need good details to make an arrest. A suspect description or surveillance video. Details not all victims can provide.

"Depending on what we're given, the facts, the details, depends on each case."

That frustrates her.

"My goal is to be able to help everyone and solve the cases and figure out what happened and who did it because that's important to the person or the victim of the crime, so I'd like to solve every case if I could."

Dobosz says preventing crime is as important as solving it. Which is why the officers want to be seen as much as possible.

"Go throughout the mall, a lot of it is presence, people see us and that deters them from committing crimes."

The South Park Mall officers will patrol the parking lots and stores within mall property.

Crimes reported at other stores along John Deere Road would be responded to by an officer out on the streets.

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