a person who steals goods from the shelves or displays of a retail store while posing as a customer.

1670–80; obsolete shoplift shoplifter (shop + lift) + -er1 Unabridged
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shoplifter (ˈʃɒpˌlɪftə)
a person who steals goods from a shop during shopping hours

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Word Origin & History

1680, from shop (n.) + agent noun of lift (q.v.).
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Example sentences
If you're a known shoplifter, for example, you won't be able to go into a store
  without being flagged.
Profiles of eight addicts struggling toward recovery, from a former boxer on
  heroin to a compulsive shoplifter.
Personal safety should always take priority over retrieving property or
  detaining a shoplifter.
Though a deterrent to the average shoplifter, apparently some have discovered
  ways to deactivate these devices.
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