Sacramento Sheriff accuses Target of preventing shoplifting crack down

As retail thefts skyrocket in California, one local law enforcement chief argues that big box retailers aren’t doing their part to combat the crisis.

Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper accused Target of preventing police officers from cracking down on shoplifting in a tenacious social media post.

Driving the news: Cooper claimed that Target told property crimes detectives that they could not contact suspects inside the store and didn’t want suspects handcuffed inside either.


  • Target’s refusal to handcuff and arrest suspects in the store frustrated Sheriff Cooper, who also noted an incident where a lady was caught on camera shoplifting and Target chose to do nothing.
  • Other large retail chains like CVS and Walgreens have resorted to locking up everyday items to battle rampant shoplifting, but this trend has frustrated shoppers.
  • Target, in particular, expects to suffer a $13 billion hit to its bottom line because of theft and organized crime.
  • While there’s lack of consensus on how to best address mass retail theft, some a large share of retailers have encouraged their staff to do nothing to keep them out of harm’s way.
  • Cooper concluded his post by denouncing Target’s policy and declaring that “We don’t tell big retail how to do their jobs, they shouldn’t tell us how to do ours.”
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