Crime More than 20 arrests made in 2-day Elizabethtown retail crime blitz

21:15  28 october  2019
21:15  28 october  2019 Source:   wlky.com

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Twenty-two people were arrested last week in what the Elizabethtown Police Department called a retail crime enforcement blitz.

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Elizabethtown police partnered with the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association and 12 local businesses to engage in the blitz on Wednesday and Thursday.

As the city has grown, it has seen an increase in drug-related problems and an increase in local property crime, according to Elizabethhtown PD public affairs officer John Thomas.

Thomas said the goal of the partnership was to proactively combat rising retail theft in the city.

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Officials said 10 officers and two patrol sergeants partnered with loss prevention personnel to intercept 31 suspected shoplifters.

It resulted in 22 arrests, six citations, two trespass notices and one pending warrant. Officials said among those that were apprehended were three juveniles.

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"We want thieves who are targeting our area to understand we are not sitting idly by. We are taking this type of crime very seriously," Thomas said. "We are not going to take this type of crime in our town."

Officials said they recovered $1,967.83 worth of merchandise. Items included food, clothes and baby formula.

The stores involved include, Kroger, Kohl's, Walmart, Target, Lowe's, TJMaxx, JCPenney, Academy Sports, Old Navy, Shoe Carnival, Newcomb Oil and Belk.

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