Police report strong link to drug use
The Everett Herald newspaper this week takes a closer look at organized retail crime in the nearby City of Monroe.
Police there report a link between the thefts the need to make money to buy drugs. Stolen items often are sold online at deep discounts to bargain-hungry shoppers.
The National Retail Federation estimates annual national losses at $46.8 billion with average individual losses topping $500. Read more.
Washington Retail Association is a member of the Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance that meets regularly to share intelligence and advocate for legislation to combat thefts throughout Washington State.