St. Paul Police Form Unit To Fight Organized Shoplifting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — St. Paul police say half of the shoplifting in their city is due to organized crime, but a first-of-its-kind unit is targeting those thieves.

The department has formed an organized retail crime unit that will go after the people who steal household items and resell them — products like laundry detergent, razors and baby food.

The National Retail Federation said across the country, this kind of crime costs stores $30 billion a year.

The new unit will review all of the city’s shoplifting cases and pinpoint which are acts of desperation and which are part of a bigger ring.

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