With a new focus on organized retail thefts, district attorneys from San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties announced a new regional approach Wednesday to catching and prosecuting those crimes.

From San Francisco to Concord to San Jose, mobs of thieves have hit several high-end stores in recent days.

“By doing this they created an atmosphere where people aren’t able to feel comfortable. So the community is a victim,” said San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber-Salazar. “Also, the community is going to suffer the consequence of increased pricing. So, they victimize all of us by doing this.”


DAWG SAYS: I FIND IT INTERESTING THE TWO BORDER COUNTIES, STANISLAUS COUNTY AND SACRAMENTO COUTY, ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THIS EFFORT. ALL THESE COUNTIES HAVE STATED THEY WILL NOT PROSECUTE LOWER-LEVEL CRIMES DUS TO RESTRAINTS. THIS HAS OPENED THE DOOR FOR THESE LOW INTEGRITY OPPORTUNISTS TO DO THEIR THING. AS THEY GET CLOSER TO RE-ELECTIONS, I GUESS THEY HAVE TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE OF ACTUALLY BEING CONCERNED.


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