After the passing of Proposition 47, many retailers found themselves in a predicament.
Proposition 47, as approved by the electors on November 4, 2014, requires shoplifting, where the property taken does not exceed $950, to be punished as a misdemeanor and prohibits a person who is charged with shoplifting from being charged with burglary or theft of the same property.
Unfortunately, this opened the door for increased organized crime.
I've heard accounts where thieves carried calculators to make sure that they did not cross the misdemeanor threshold of $950. Also under Prop 47, offenses could no longer be aggregated. Thus the thief could steal $949 from multiple locations or continuously hit the same location and still only receive a charge of misdemeanor.
It's time to put the power back in the hands of law enforcement.
AB 1065, as amended, Jones-Sawyer. Theft: aggregation: organized retail theft.
This bill would create the crime of organized retail theft... punishable as either misdemeanors or felonies, as specified. By creating new crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
Take action now
This bill is a positive step toward providing relief to retailers impacted by organized theft. Senator Joel Anderson will personally carry your letter of support for AB 1065 to our state capital.
Contact the Office of Senator Joel Anderson
500 Fesler Street, Suite 201, El Cajon, CA 92020