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Walgreens, Retailers Refute AOC’s Claim ‘Data’ Doesn’t Show There’s Organized Retail Theft – By Releasing Data

By Craig Bannister | December 6, 2021 | 1:17pm EST
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After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that “data” doesn’t support “allegations” that organized smash-and-grab robberies are taking place, the National Retail Federation and Walgreens released data debunking her claim.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Times that “data” has disproved a claim by Walgreens that the smash-and-grab robberies ravaging retailers are organized:

“[A] lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out. I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.”

In response, Walgreens told the Times that the problem “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”

What’s more, “organized retail crime is one of the top challenges” confronting the company because the growing problem “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online,” Walgreens told the Times.

In fact, security costs at its San Francisco stores have skyrocketed to 46 times that of the national average for Walgreens stores, the company said.

Data provided to the Times by the National Retail Federation shows that the annual cost of organized crime to U.S. businesses is, indeed, on the rise, increasing for the fifth straight year – from about four hundred and fifty thousand dollars in 2015 to more than seven hundred thousand dollars today.

“Three-fourths of retailers affected say these crimes have increased in the past 12 months, and more than 6 in 10 want a federal law to help combat the scourge,” the Times reports.

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