Stake out a place in front, bad guy simply goes out the back. Happened with one of the (bad) Chimblos back in the day: 16 cops, four sides to the house, everyone piled up on the front porch while Officer Muldoon rang the doorbell and Chimblo scooted. Now, they’ve done it again:
According to police reports, managers at the 160 East Putnam Avenue [Radio Shack] store reported that three men they recognized as shoplifters had returned to the premises and were acting suspiciously. Multiple officers were dispatched to the scene, surrounding the premises. Officers reported observing the three men “walking slowly” through the store’s front window [and how they walked through the window, I’ll never know – Ed] . The men eventually noticed the police presence, prompting Santana to leave undetected through a back door. One suspect, later identified as Hay, was seen reaching into the waistband of his pants and removing an object, which he attempted to hide on a store counter. The two men then exited in the front and were immediately approached by police.
This is just not that difficult, people, and if it is, the Cos Cob Fire Department’s next door – maybe ask them how it’s done.