Operation Grinch, a retail theft operation by the California Police Department, led to one suspect dumping their companion and running away from the police, throwing stolen goods out of the car, and getting into an accident.
In a social media post, the Roseville Police Department said that two incidences with suspects attempting to leave retail stores with products without paying occurred on Saturday, according to police working as part of Operation Grinch.
The programme is launched at a time when retail theft is still on the rise in many American cities.
Two suspects who packed two storage bins full of goods before leaving the store were being watched by police collaborating with Target’s loss prevention staff.
However, as the two suspects were leaving, Operation Grinch team members—also known as Grinch personnel—halted them and took them into custody.
Officers at a nearby mall were keeping an eye on a suspicious-looking car later that evening when one of the suspects fled the premises carrying products that had been taken from Lululemon.
According to authorities, the suspect hurriedly left his accomplice behind.
The culprit persisted in eluding police despite their attempts to stop him or her.
The culprit was spotted hurling stolen goods from Lululemon out of the car and onto the highway while he was leading police on a chase.
According to the police, the suspect tried to pull over onto the highway’s shoulder at one point before crashing and being apprehended.
The defendant was taken into custody along with the accomplice.
The topic of a Senate hearing last week was retail crime, which is still on the rise in the United States.
Last Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence of the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing with the subject “From Festive Cheer to Retail Fear: Addressing Organised Retail Crime”.
In a release advertising the hearing, Subcommittee Chair August Pfluger, a Republican from Texas, attributed the troubling trend to “soft-on-crime policies”.
“By putting criminals over communities, families, and small business owners, hardworking Americans across the country are being forced to pay the financial and emotional costs of these failed policies,” Pfluger said.
“Amid an unprecedented spike in retail crime, reports also suggest many professional shoplifters or boosters are part of a much larger organization of criminals — including transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) that are taking advantage of our open borders,” he added.
To prevent products from being taken off the shelves, large chain stores like CVS and others are now compelled to lock up their inventory behind plastic barriers.
According to a recent National Retail Federation poll, 70% of businesses think that organised retail theft has increased in frequency over the past few years.