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Saginaw Township Police ‘Shoplifting Blitz’ results in 35 arrests

A coordinated effort between local businesses and law enforcement to crack down on shoplifting resulted in 35 arrests, according to the Saginaw Township Police Department. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A coordinated effort between local businesses and law enforcement to crack down on shoplifting resulted in 35 arrests, according to the Saginaw Township Police Department.

Police say the ‘shoplifting blitz’ operation took place Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8.

During the operation, police outfitted stores in retail business districts with hand held radios in order to pass along information to authorities in real time.

That information was passed along to plain clothes detectives who strategically placed themselves to help take shoplifting suspects into custody without incident.

The 35 suspects arrested face charges that include retail fraud and outstanding warrants.

“The whole point of this is that nobody gets away,” said Detective Sergeant Scott Malace, who oversaw the event.

He added “Shoplifters see the coordinated effort between the stores and police and then tell other shoplifters and criminals to stay away from our business districts because the risk of getting caught is heightened.”

The department reports the combined efforts of the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police and Carrollton Township police as well as loss prevention officers from almost two dozen retail stores helped make the operation a success.

Saginaw Township police plan to conduct additional operations to target retail crimes in the near future.

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