VK’s Shoplifting Community Set Up to Discuss Retail Theft

Apparently, there is a subculture of shoplifters in Russia. They use Vkontakte and other social media to interact with each other. There, they share the information about the most vulnerable stores to shoplifters, sell stolen goods and even request items to be stolen.

According to the community СПNЗДNЛИ disclaimer, “submitted posts are fictitious, any coincidence with reality is accidental. Community is set up to check and identify vulnerabilities in the security systems.” However, it seems like a bogus statement that was posted to avoid consequences.

Here are some typical posts in the community where they show off photos of their shoplifting bounty.

Total amount of the stolen items - $325

Total amount of the stolen items – $325

Also, they offer shipping anywhere in Russia.

Join the community, we can deliver the items all over Russia

Join the community, we can deliver the items all over Russia

Then, there is a Contact section of the online community, where shoplifters can pair up to shoplift a store.

They reply with names and age. Most of the shoplifters are 18-19 years old.

They reply with names and age. Most of the shoplifters are 18-19 years old.

The same section is used to send requests for certain items to be stolen.

Dan, steal Iphone4 or PS4

Dan, steal Iphone4 or PS4

Anyone from Ryazan? Please reply, I've got a request.

Anyone from Ryazan? Please reply, I’ve got a request.

Looking for a shoplifter based in Krasnoyarsk. I need food, liqueur, clothing

Looking for a shoplifter in Krasnoyarsk. I need food, liqueur, clothing

From the posts, you can actually get to know how much is the stolen goods are sold for. Typically, they sell stuff 40% – 50% cheaper than a retail price.

Ekaternburg. Do you need brand name clothing 40% cheaper than in any local stores?

Ekaternburg. Do you need a brand name clothing 40% cheaper than in any local stores?

Here are more screenshots of allegedly stolen items.

Total:$300

Total:$300

Total $720

Total $720

Total: $83

Total: $83

stolen-goods5

Total: $370

stolen-goods6

Total:$103

Here is the full screenshot of the online community and link to their online forum.

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