December 3, 2021
CHP puts organized retail theft rings on notice
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – The California Highway Patrol is extending its investigative authority beyond the state’s streets and freeways.

Following a series of high-profile thefts at retail stores in the Bay Area, the CHP is stepping up patrols on freeway corridors adjacent to major shopping centers throughout the state.

As California’s state law enforcement agency, the CHP can assist local authorities with complex investigations that extend beyond the jurisdictions of local police.

CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray says the Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF) that was created 2-years ago will assist local law enforcement agencies and pursue leads, identify suspects, and support criminal investigations.

According to the National Retail Federation, organized retail theft accounts for an estimated $30 billion in economic loss each year nationwide. Organized retail theft typically involves a criminal enterprise with multiple theft rings at numerous retail stores and uses a fencing operation to sell the stolen goods.
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