CHP recovers $19.7 million in stolen merchandise in organized retail theft program

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – The California Highway Patrol has participated in more than 870 investigations since the creation of the Organized Retail Crime Task Force in 2019.

From 877 investigations, the CHP was able to make 371 arrests and recover $19.7 million in stolen goods.

The CHP was required by Assembly Bill 1065 to work with the Department of Justice to identify areas that have seen increased levels of property crime.

Assembly Bill 331 will now extend this operation from July 1, 2021 to January 1, 2026.

About $30 billion in economic losses per year are linked to organized retail crime, according to the National Retail Federation.

This program is primarily associated with shoplifting, but it also includes organized criminal activities, such as commercial burglary, vehicle theft, identity theft, credit card fraud, counterfeiting and closing stolen goods.

There are three regional task forces established in the Golden Gate Division in the Bay Area, the Southern Division which is the Los Angeles area, and the Border Division which is Orange and San Diego counties.

To report incidents of organized retail theft, visit the CHP website.

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