Redmond Police officers continue to partner with local stores to combat shoplifting. Recent emphasis operations yielded thirteen detainments and eleven arrests. Business partners Target, Kohl’s, and Fred Meyer were involved in the operations.
Over $5,000 in merchandise was recovered during these emphasis operations. Officers also recovered a loaded firearm and approximately 100 grams of Fentanyl pills and made a DUI arrest.
On Thursday, July 28, officers parked outside the businesses to deter thieves. Despite police presence, eight suspects shoplifted from these two stores over the course of several hours. Five were arrested and charged with theft. Two of these suspects had outstanding warrants, including previous incidents of theft. One suspect eluded police and because this is a “property” crime, officers were not able to pursue the suspect due to current laws.
RPD also conducted a shoplifting emphasis on Thursday, May 26 which led to six arrests and theft charges. Several of the suspects were carrying tools such as screwdrivers and snippers that are often used to break open locked containers and remove security devices.
Property crimes, including shoplifting, are a growing statewide issue. Redmond statistics show that 431 shoplifting incidents were reported in 2021, resulting in over $330,000 in losses. So far in 2022, there have been 355 reported retail thefts valuing over $283,000 in losses. Most of these thefts are from the department stores that participated in the operation.
“Redmond has experienced a surge in retail theft in recent years,” Chief Darrell Lowe said. “Retail stores alone lose thousands of dollars a month from shoplifting. We are doing our part to deter thieves by making arrests and charging individuals for their crimes. We also continually work with prosecutors to ensure there is accountability for repeat offenders.”
RPD will continue to collaborate with our business partners to deter, prevent, and arrest those who commit crimes in Redmond. Residents are reminded to not leave things of value in their vehicles. And if you see something, say something. Report a crime or suspicious activity to the Redmond police non-emergency line at 425-556-2500.
Jill Green, Public Information Officer