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Cross-dressing shoplifter caught at International Plaza

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Call him the cross-dressing shoplifter. Police say a man dressed in women's clothing tried to steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from International Plaza in Tampa.

Police recognized Cedric Sanders dressed as a woman.

It wasn't a disguise and it wasn't his first run in with police dressed in female clothing. That look helped detectives identify Sanders and Terral Norris. Both were spotted stealing $700 in skinny jeans, polo shirts and shorts police say they lifted from Norstrom, PacSun and other stores.

"This holiday season alone our retailers will lose close to $3 billion," said John Fleming of the Florida Retail Federation.

You'll feel it at the register.

"(Shoplifters) affect you the buyer because these are costs that are ultimately passed on to you as the customer," Fleming said.

At Best Buy, all the digital devices common in big box stores are in place. Staffing is boosted to serve the rush of holiday customers and keep a watchful eye.

"We probably have about a 30 percent increase day after day with geek squad agents and associates," said Agent Wilson.

Shoplifters are doing much more than swiping skinny jeans -- they're stealing and then returning the items for a gift card.

It's a double theft in many cases and it costs shoppers at the register.

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