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How the Modesto Police Department is cracking down on organized retail theft

A proactive approach between the agency and the District Attorney’s Office is targeting the rising issue of organized retail theft in the area

By Police1 Staff

MODESTO, Calif. — The Modesto (California) Police Department is intensifying its efforts against organized retail theft. These coordinated thefts have been causing substantial financial damages to local businesses, ranging from $100,000 to $5 million annually.

These theft groups act quickly and aggressively, clearing store shelves within minutes and escaping with large quantities of goods. Modesto police are adopting a proactive stance, with officers strategically placed to intercept the thieves, often as they exit through emergency exits.

The response to these crimes is firm, with offenders facing serious charges including shoplifting, organized retail theft and conspiracy. Many of those apprehended are also found in possession of drugs or dangerous weapons.

The District Attorney’s Office has established a specialized unit to handle organized retail theft cases, emphasizing the severity of the issue. There’s a concerted effort to change the perception that such crimes are not seriously prosecuted in the Modesto and Stanislaus County area.

The joint efforts of law enforcement aim to protect local businesses, particularly smaller, community-based ones that suffer greatly from these thefts. The overarching goal is to maintain a safe and thriving community where families feel secure. The message to potential thieves is clear: theft will not be tolerated, and offenders will face strict prosecution.

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