Policy

California lawmakers introduce retail theft package

It would create a new crime targeting professional thieves, with a punishment of up to three years in prison.
A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)

California lawmakers are rolling out specific details of a legislative package meant to tackle retail theft by increasing penalties and adding new tracking requirements for retailers, in a bid to stem the rising levels of shoplifting and commercial burglary.

The legislation, rolled out by Assemblyman Rick Chavez Zbur (D), who heads a new Select Committee on Retail Theft, and Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (D), would create a new crime targeting professional retail thieves. Those thieves would be punished with up to three years in prison for the possession of stolen property with the intent to resell.

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