Police Thwart Shopping Swindlers

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 13/LHC/(3)
December 11, 2013


Police Thwart Shopping Swindlers


McLean Police District – Phony credit cards, stolen identifications, and out-of-state shoplifting scams are being targeted by Fairfax County Police Retail Anti-Theft Teams (RATT) once again this holiday season. In an annual effort that began “Black Friday,” officers are patrolling the malls and shopping centers across Fairfax County hoping to keep the areas safe and crime-free.

Teams of Fairfax County officers are working in shopping malls and retail businesses in both uniformed and plain-clothes capacities. They are targeting all shoplifters but particularly the “professionals” that distract store employees while associates across the store attempt to conceal and steal merchandise.

In 2012, officers assigned to the retail anti-theft operations in the McLean Police District arrested 81 people, placed 63 felony charges and 71 misdemeanor charges. They recovered and/or seized stolen property worth over $76,000 dollars. Working closely with store and mall management and loss prevention staff and security, the holiday RATT officers are committed to keeping scofflaws away from Fairfax County retailers and holiday shoppers.


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