California has been hammered over the past few years as the spike in retail theft that started in San Francisco and Los Angeles has spread across the state, prompting the creation of task forces, legislative hearings, and promises of a crackdown by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).
California prosecutors and business leaders have blamed some of the state’s “toothless” laws for the jump in offenses, saying the problem has only gotten worse because offenders know they’ll be back on the street in hours, if not minutes.
A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia, File)
Residents, frustrated with rising prices and lengthy wait times at stores for employees to unlock cabinets so they can purchase everyday items such as deodorant and toothpaste, have said they