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What Cargo Thieves Are Stealing This Holiday Season

Thieves are doing their own shopping this Christmas season. And instead of breaking into a store and stealing handfuls of TVs, they are hitting up truck loads and getting hundreds.

Here are the top five commodities that are seeing the biggest hit, according to FreightWatch International’s 2010 Holiday Cargo Theft Report:

  • Food/drinks: 23 percent
  • Electronics: 18 percent
  • Clothing/shoes: 10 percent
  • Pharmaceuticals: 8 percent
  • Consumer care products: 7 percent

Kevin L. Perkins, assistant director of FBI’s criminal investigation division, said cargo theft presents a much less risk than other forms of criminal activity.

“Prison sentences typically are much shorter than they would be for other potentially very lucrative crimes,” Perkins said.