Two bills making their way through the legislature aim to cut down on organized crime. The measures would curb what’s called organized retail theft.
Organized shoplifting involves a group of people systematically stealing from retail stores on a large scale. Because the type of crime can involve so many people, it makes it difficult to prosecute. Republican Representative Ross Spano of Riverview, who’s sponsoring the House version of the measure, points out that retailers aren’t the only ones that shoulder the costs.