Don’t prosecute crime. Video: Shoplifters walk out of Lincoln Park store with armloads of winter coats.
If you make something cheaper, you will see more of it.
Suburban retailers have blamed the increase on a decision by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to take a softer approach to shoplifting cases. Foxx has instructed her attorneys to reject felony-level retail theft charges unless a person is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise at a single event. An exception may be made if the accused thief has more than 10 felony convictions in their past, Foxx instructed.
So far this year, Foxx’s office has rejected 69% of Chicago police officers’ requests for felony retail theft charges, according to data released by her office.
That will improve things in the city and the county!