Retail prevention plan to include harsher penalties, additional patrols

Anyone who assaults a retail worker will face an automatic felony. Law enforcement will combine all stolen goods, even if they are from different stores to bump up larceny charges.

News 12 Staff

Apr 19, 2024, 2:42 AM

Updated 31 days ago

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Retail thieves behind crime sprees like smash-and-grabs will face harsher penalties as part of Gov. Kathy Hochul's plan that will be funded by the next state budget.
Anyone who assaults a retail worker will face an automatic felony. Law enforcement will combine all stolen goods, even if they are from different stores to bump up larceny charges.
Online sellers who try to profit from stolen goods on the web will also face charges.
Small businesses can apply for tax credits if they invest in security systems, like cameras.
"We're backing our businesses and their workers with the full force of the law. And we're restoring that sense of security and peace of mind so that they can focus on what they do best," Hochul says.
More than $40 million will used to pay up to 100 state police officers to investigate retail theft in the state.


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