Will politicians accept NYC grocers' obvious solution for serial shoplifters?


New York City's large and small grocers want the state Legislature to change the statute that allows serial shoplifters.

Lisa Fickenscher of The Post notes that Collective Action to Protect our Stores represents over 4,000 city shops

It asks law police and lawmakers to allow many "minor" infractions to build up to a significant one to target serial shoplifters.

That is, reformers ensured that thefts under $1,000 would not result in jail time. CAPS wants serial thefts exceeding a grand to be grand-larceny charges.

More broadly, the group calls on prosecutors and judges to use the "damage on harm" approach to punish chronic thieves and for DA's offices and the NYPD to commit units to confront the problem.

“Repeat offenders are key,” says grocer Carlos Collado. “We are not calling for enhanced charges for first-time offenders, but to send a message to those who make it a career.”

The Collective Action to Protect our Stores intends to target serial shoplifters by allowing numerous "minor" infractions to mount up to a serious one.

When burglars steal dozens of shampoos, ice creams, and steaks, that's ridiculous.

Even worse, threatening or beating staff who try to stop them. That's why CAPS wants retail worker violence to be a Class D felony, like police and livery drivers.

One more ask targets shop owners who acquire ill-gotten items, making it a Class A misdemeanour that can result in fines and short jail time for the fences.

If lawmakers and law enforcement don't support CAPS, the only stores left in the city will be those with armed guards.