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Vancouver police put special emphasis on retail theft

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: October 14, 2022, 6:04am
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Vancouver police Officer Andrea Mendoza escorts a suspected shoplifter into a patrol car Wednesday at the Fred Meyer store in Cascade Park. The woman was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of third-degree theft and later released. The agency says this is a growing problem and has begun patrol shifts emphasizing retail theft.
Vancouver police Officer Andrea Mendoza escorts a suspected shoplifter into a patrol car Wednesday at the Fred Meyer store in Cascade Park. The woman was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of third-degree theft and later released. The agency says this is a growing problem and has begun patrol shifts emphasizing retail theft. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Vancouver police Detective Jason Nicholson sat in an unmarked car in a parking lot across the street from the Cascade Park Fred Meyer on Wednesday afternoon and waited for a radio signal from his sergeant.

The signal came a few hours into the department’s retail theft patrol emphasis; loss prevention employees inside the store had spotted someone they suspected didn’t intend to pay for the items she’d shoved under her clothes.

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