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CRA President & CEO Rachel Michelin in Fox News: California’s Prop 47 leads to rise in shoplifting, thefts, criminal activity across state

By Barnini Chakraborty | Fox News

…. Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, said shoplifting is not only hurting retailers but is also “becoming a public safety issue for consumers.”

She said black-market dealers frequently cross state lines because they know California will go easy on them if caught.

“They know what they’re doing. They will bring in calculators and get all the way up to the $950 limit,” Michelin told Fox News, adding that “one person will go into a store, fill up their backpack, come out, dump it out and go right back in and do it all over again.”

Michelin said she’s seen footage from member retailers that she described as “completely insane.”

“They will go into a grocery store, steal alcohol and walk out the front door with it. They know no one is going to prosecute them.”

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