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Sept. 29, 2023

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Vancouver police arrest 11 people in retail theft crackdown

By , Columbian staff reporter

Eleven people were arrested over the span of two days during a focused effort by Vancouver police to crack down on retail theft in east Vancouver.

Officers conducted a retail theft emphasis June 28 at four retailers for four hours. They arrested three people, according to the police department.

On July 20, officers were at eight retailers, and the emphasis lasted eight hours. Police arrested eight people, seized two vehicles to search and recovered stolen property, a police news release states.

Those arrested in connection with retail theft had charges referred of second-degree and third-degree theft. Officers also referred charges against some for possession of a stolen vehicle, forgery and violation of a protection order, the department said.

Police also arrested multiple people with outstanding warrants.

Vancouver police said the department continues to work with retailers throughout Vancouver to deter theft.