Two men are seen leaving openly on camera in a Los Angeles suburb with their hands full of items stolen from a TJ Maxx store.
“They Didn’t Even Run Out, They Walked Out,” Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Geretta Sandoz told CBS LA about the incident. “And so, it’s sending a message that we, the criminals, are winning.”
The video was recently filmed at a TJ Maxx in Granada Hills and shows two men leaving the store in their hands full of clothing and other items, with one of the men carrying a large duffle bag that It appears to be full of objects.
“It looks great,” remarks one man in the video as the men walk by.
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The LAPD is investigating the incident, but no person has been charged or arrested.
Criminal defense attorney Alexandra Kazarian said, “TJ Maxx’s staff has been told that, in these specific circumstances, it is not worth it for you to go and physically assault, physically restrain people who are on this list.” going out together.” Don’t confront the shopkeepers. “Because these businesses have insurance.”
“People who are stealing inventory of huge, huge tote bags, huge backpacks, are not getting the benefit of people who are stealing food and clothes for their kids,” she said.
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Sandoz, who serves as vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said she blamed the incident on Prop 47, a 2014 referendum that reduced criminal punishment on offenses such as shoplifting.
“If they get caught, they’re probably given the equivalent of a traffic ticket,” she told CBS LA. “So it’s not taken seriously.”
“If you let these criminals think they can go in and steal merchandise and steal things, what happens when someone tries to stop them,” Sandoz said.
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Shoplifting is not unique to Los Angeles, as other cities in the state are reporting an increase.
For example, business owners and security officials in San Francisco are condemning the “chaos” surrounding shoplifting in the city.
“It’s really bad. I’ve been in the Bay Area for 20 years, I’ve never seen it,” Jesse Hernandez, a local security guard, told LBL.
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“It’s just chaos,” he said. “People are coming openly and stealing stuff.”
San Francisco Police Department spokesman Robert Ruecka said shoppers “are not stealing an item or two that someone might need to obtain.”
“Our investigation has shown that there are organized fences where people are selling these products that they steal,” he said.