Moline Police operation targets retail theft

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) — Police say they made multiple arrests during an operation targeting retail theft. During the month of November, the Moline Police Department worked in conjunction with several retail establishments to combat shoplifting by participating in what they called the “Booster Buster Detail.”

Uniformed police officers alongside plain clothes officers and store employees actively identified and arrested people committing retail theft.

Det. Scott Williams with the Moline Police says police always work closely with local businesses, but this operation used a larger number of officers dedicated to stopping shoplifters.

So far Williams says, the three days of operation have yielded four felony arrests, three misdemeanor arrests, six city ordinance citations issued and three identifications made in regards to prior reported larceny cases.

Williams says the operation will continue periodically during the holiday season and throughout 2017.

“Retail thefts not only hurt the businesses that are victimized, but our community as a whole. Stolen merchandise is often turned into cash, which can be used to support various other forms of criminal activity.”

The Moline Police Department thanks Moline merchants for their cooperation and dedication during these operations.

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