A police officer from Toledo, Ohio, was found guilty Monday of stealing a bag of caramel popcorn from a gas station in the neighboring city of Oregon. Police say that it wasn’t his first time stealing a bag of popcorn. Police say Sgt. Richard “Eric” Whitman was seen doing the exact same thing the day before — paying for one bag and then leaving with two.

Many shoplifters are repeat offenders. The problem is, if you start shoplifting, it can become addictive relatively easily. The adrenaline rush you can get from stealing even a small item, and getting away with it, is very powerful – similar to the adrenaline rush from gambling – and hence potentially addictive. Long-term counseling, as with any addiction, is critical to overcoming the incredibly self-destructive habit of shoplifting.

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