Prosecutors in the Bay Area have teamed up to create an alliance with law enforcement and state agencies to combat the recent increase in organized retail theft. Agencies will share information through data collection, crime analytics and pooled investigative tools. In November, a mob of 40 suspected thieves shattered the windows of Larkspur’s RealReal outpost, resulting in $250,000 in damages and lost goods.
“The alliance represents an active, collaborative approach to tackling the problem of organized retail crime head-on,” says California Attorney General Rob Bonta. “The district attorneys and law enforcement agencies that have partnered together are ready to use our joint resources to prevent organized retail theft, keep consumers and business owners safe and hold the individuals involved in these crime syndicates accountable.”