Sunday, August 18, 2013

Thieves Inc. - Another Food Network Hidden Camera Show

Thieves Inc Food Network
Photo - Food Network
There is a new Food Network series that will start on Wednesday, September 11th at 10pm called Thieves Inc.  The show, which was not listed in the upcoming series for this year, is supposed to look at theft in the food industry and help clients prevent future losses due to theft.  The premise of this show has professional security experts, Scott McDonald and Connie Ribble, dress up in disguises to steal from their clients in the first part of the show.  They then use hidden cameras to catch shoplifters in the act on the second part of the show.

The show description states that it is a 'comedic' look at what food and beverage retailers have to deal with when it comes to theft.  Sounds like another show with manufactured 'reality' such as Mystery Diners and Restaurant Stakeout.  I wonder how believable these incidents of shoplifters caught in the act will be...  There are only six episodes planned of Thieves Inc., as is usually the case with first season's of shows, so who knows if it will be around for another season.  With some of the shows currently being created and renewed by the Food Network, anything is possible.

Press release about the show with more information is below:


Series Premieres Wednesday, September 11th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network

NEW YORK, NY - August 13, 2013 - Food Network viewers take a comedic peek behind the scenes of what food and beverage retailers have to deal with when it comes to the constant threat of theft, as professional security experts Scott McDonald and Connie Ribble expose internal flaws and offer advice on how to prevent future loss in Thieves, Inc., premiering Wednesday, September 11th at 10pm ET/PT. American businesses have over 25 million dollars in theft every day, but this dynamic duo have made it their mission to put an end to thievery, one store at a time.

Over six weeks, each episode features Scott and Connie meeting business retailers to help pinpoint their shoplifting vulnerabilities and recommend unique low-cost solutions that will help stop real criminals from sneaking out with stolen merchandise. Using tactics they learned from decades of busts that border on the hilarious and unbelievable, Scott and Connie will go to the extremes to prevent theft. First by exposing and testing vulnerabilities at each location, Scott and Connie dress up in wigs and disguises to "steal" from their clients, sometimes even competing in a "steal-off" to see who can walk out with more products without paying. With the help of their hidden cameras, they then look to apprehend shoplifters red-handed. Scott and Connie's witty banter and upfront personalities help them get inside the mind of shoplifters as they go to extraordinary measures to stop ordinary crooks, and show owners for themselves how quickly small items can add up to much bigger losses.

About Scott McDonald and Connie Ribble:

With almost 30 years of experience, Scott has been a cop and a private investigator, and in 1994 became the CEO and owner of Monument Security. In 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Scott to work on the disciplinary review committee with the Department of Consumer Affairs, where he played an integral role in upholding the laws that govern the private security industry in California.

Connie serves as the Director of Loss Prevention at Monument Security. Annually, the company handles more than 100 clients across the U.S., including Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble and H&M. She's considered one of the most respected names in loss prevention.

Thieves, Inc. is produced by Gigantic! Productions.


  1. Oh, for god's sake. Enough already with these foolish, staged shows.

  2. LOL! I have to agree. At least they have people with real credentials in the title roles but it still sounds rather dreadful.

  3. I admit to being a fan of both Mystery Diners and Restaurant Stakeout, since I like both Charles Stiles and Willie Degel. I'll check this one out, but they'll have to go some to beat either of the above for me.

  4. OT: just wondering, what do you all think of Giada? Love her, hate her? I,personally do not like her at all. I think that she is arrogant and I think that food she makes is too expensive for everyday. The only good thing is that at least she teaches you something instead of these idiotic new "game shows" that they have on now. Also, cannot stand Guy.

  5. I also dislike Giada...just something about her bugs Guy, Rachael, Ann, Ina, Bobby and Alton. Won't watch Paula if she comes back on...a little of her goes a long way.

  6. Are they really "theives" if they stole the concept from their own shows?

  7. More scripted crap....just what the network needs!

  8. What a crock. Are there just not any good cooks out there any more to put on the air that FN has to resort to more BS like this (as well as 12 more eps of DD&D a day)???

  9. I loved it! Very clever and fun to watch. I highly recommend watching!

  10. I don't understand what this show has to do with cooking or food. Why isn't it on one of those other reality TV networks. I don't watch FN anymore. It's gotten way out there.

  11. IthinkiknowtoomuchOctober 2, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Wow. How far have we fallen. We have a bold faced liar (Connie), and a cheating bastard who has his wife and kids staying in a hotel while he shacks up with another mans wife (Scott). Trying to tell us the difference between right and wrong, maybe you should get your affairs on order before trying to speak on others.

    And the staged thefts are horribly obvious.

  12. MonumentsnightmareOctober 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Your spot on. Connie is a bold face liar who will smile to your face with a big smile and weild a knife to stab you in the back with in the other hand. Scott is the same way. Cheating on his wife with Connie (who looks like Ms. Piggy )IS NASTY. I hope Katie takes Scott for all he is worth and then some.

    As for the show, rewatch the liquor theft episode. When Scott "steals" the liquor he got a specific bottle just for Connie.. it was skinney girl vodka ..hahahahaha FN tried to edit it out but watch carefuly hahahaha so damned funny cuz shes fat.

  13. LOVE THIS SHOW !!!!!!!!!

  14. I like this show b/c they're funny, but in one episode they are in Pelham, NY and said they were in upstate NY. Funny. If you can spit on the Bronx then you are not in Upstate NY. That's like saying Georgia is in Canada.