The crooks are so brazen, their crimes sometimes go viral in the 18 months since “Undefeated” was published. But that’s just not good enough for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who included five more states in the plans to keep stoop cops on the street to identify and arrest looters in the future.
And now these thieves are getting help from law enforcement at one level to help end their crooked ways at another.
On the one level, the records bureaus are tracking and retrieving goods taken from stores. On the other level, judges and prosecutors are arresting these droves of people, and jailing them until they can be identified.
Carjackers, shoplifters, pickpockets, burglars, and drivers caught on security cameras are just the beginning, the police need a database of all the online thievery. And finally, the people getting busted and forced to admit the crimes they have committed are facing mandatory treatment programs for law breaking behaviors that are likely to make them repeat their dirty deeds, rather than ending up in the clink.
The website of the National Retail Federation estimated the average loss of valuables from the 51million Americans who shop in stores last year at just over $900 each. Criminals have their own definition of a big financial return, which allows their feet to run faster than the law’s. In this race, it is a race that keeps the authorities from taking a bite out of their backpacks.
Max Siegel is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog. He is a vice president of the NRF.
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