California sheriff Jim Cooper calls out Target for limits on shoplifting enforcement.
At a time of increasingly brazen retail theft, one California sheriff is calling out Target for what he describes as a lack of cooperation with law enforcement.
Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper Facebook post:
I can’t make this stuff up. Recently, we tried to help Target. Our Property Crimes detectives and sergeant were contacted numerous times by Target to help them with shoplifters, mostly who were known transients. We coordinated with them and set up an operation with detectives and our North POP team.
At the briefing, we were told by their head of regional security that we could not contact suspects inside the store; we could not handcuff suspects in the store; and if we arrested someone, they wanted us to process them outside… behind the store… in the rain.
We were told they didn’t want to create a scene inside the store and have people film it and put it on social media. They didn’t want negative press. Unbelievable.
Our deputies watched a lady on camera bring in her own shopping bags, go down the body wash aisle, and grab a bunch of Native body washes. Then she went to customer service and return them! Target chose to do nothing and simply let it happen. Yet somehow, locking up deodorant and raising prices on everyday items we need to survive is their best answer.
We don’t tell big retail how to do their jobs, they shouldn’t tell us how to do ours.