A Target store in Sacramento asked the Sheriff for help in their shoplifting problem. The store is located near several homeless encampments and most of the suspects are transients.

OK, that’s what law enforcement does. Sheriffs Investigators met with the regional security representative for Target. He laid out some guidelines for dealing with the “boosters.”

  1. No contacts with the suspect in the store.
  2. No handcuffing in the store
  3. If someone is arrested take them to the area behind the store to process the arrest.
  4. Whilst at this meeting Deputies saw someone take a bunch of cosmetics and return them for $$$. The Deputies wanted to arrest the scoundrel…the Target (non)security person said “Do not arrest, let it go.” The Deputies said they could not be of assistance under these condition and that Target, really, doesn’t want to stop or control the problem.
Sacramento County Sheriff, Jim Cooper, Telling Target “We don’t tell You How To Operate A Store, Don’t Tell Us How To Enforce The Law.”

No wonder Target loses so much to theft…they don’t want to do anything! Here’s a tip for ’em, If you want to stop criminal activity show the bad folks that there are consequences for their actions. make the arrest, secure the suspect then drive them away in a marked unit.

The Sheriff’s Office didn’t work with Target. He said “We don’t tell them how to run a department store…they don’t tell us how to enforce the law.” Or somethin’ like that. Good call Sheriff!




Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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