According to a recent report, a team of thieves were caught on camera grabbing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a Kohl’s department store in California.
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The Northwest Fresno store was reportedly targeted by brazen thieves on Friday amid a spate of robberies at major stores nationwide.
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Before entering the store, the suspects exited a gold GMC Yukon, KMPH reported, citing the Fresno Police Department.
Video footage of the incident then shows the suspects grabbing several items as they casually strolled through the store.
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They reportedly walked away with over $2,000 worth of merchandise.
Kohl’s is one of many major retailers targeted by organized crime. Others include Home Depot, Rite Aid, CVS, Target, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club and Walgreens.
Overall, businesses lose an average of $719,548 per billion dollars in sales to retail organized crime, according to the National Retail Federation.
To combat the growing problem, companies have worked to tighten security measures.
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Steve Francis, associate executive director of Homeland Security Investigations, said last fall that these crimes were creating more violent attacks in retail stores nationwide.
“Many of the criminal networks that orchestrate these thefts are also involved in other serious criminal activities such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, arms trafficking,” Francis said, adding that “tackling This growing threat is important to the safety of store employees, customers, and communities across the country.
Neither Kohl’s nor the Fresno Police Department responded to requests for comment from FOX Business.