Seattle Real Estate Podcast

#867 - How Law Enforcement is Trying to Stop Mob Retail Thefts

December 04, 2021 Sean Reynolds
Seattle Real Estate Podcast
#867 - How Law Enforcement is Trying to Stop Mob Retail Thefts
Show Notes

With in-store customers expected to return in droves for the holiday shopping season, law enforcement agencies are moving to halt a wave of organized "smash-and-grab" crimes at retailers across the US.

In Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities, police departments are increasing patrols at retailers targeted by mobs of thieves in brazen raids. In Northern California, district attorneys formed an alliance to prosecute organized theft rings. At the federal level, the FBI said it is in "close contact" with local law enforcement investigating such cases and prepared to take further action.

"We have been seeing this wave of people invading stores in large numbers," San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said. "There is no way in my mind that we can have a situation where 20, up to 80 people can invade a store or series of stores and there not be some communication and some organization."

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