Colorado Organzied Retail Crime AllianceApril 19, 2012
Colorado considering strengthening law to deal with shoplifting
DENVER - For 31 years, Don Waddill and his family have worked to earn a living out of their store, Performance Cycle of Colorado. In a matter of moments, two suspects ran out the door carrying $1,600 in merchandise.
"They came in, tried on the stuff they wanted, and just bolted out the door. We chased after them. They got in a get-away car and sped off," Waddill said.
He described the getaway car as a dark-colored sedan with dark, tinted windows.
The store's security cameras captured good photos of the two suspects. Those photos are now posted at the entrance of the store with a caption: "Do you know these guys?"
"$1,600 is real money to me. We're hard working with kids in school," Waddill said.
The problem of organized retail crime is the getting attention of the Colorado Legislature. A bill that passed unanimously out of the House is set for debate before the full Senate.
"What we're trying to do is pass a bill out of the General Assembly that brings our statutes up to speed to keep up with the bad guys and to give our friends in law enforcement the tools and ability to go after these criminals, these gangs," Chris Howes, president of the Colorado Retail Council, said.
The FBI estimates organized retail crime losses in Colorado to be approximately $50 million.
"What that means to the average citizen is about $12 to $14 million in sales tax revenue is actually lost and that is money that could be used for law enforcement or Medicaid, food stamps, what have you," Howes said.
Waddill hopes the legislature moves forward and strengthens the law.
"That would be wonderful. We need something because it is a big problem," he said.
Anyone able to identify the two individuals suspected of stealing the merchandise at Performance Cycle of Colorado is asked to contact Denver Police at 720-913-2000.
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