MIL-OSI USA: Congresswoman Lee Joins Local Law Enforcement and Retail Partners to Combat Organized Retail Crime

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03)

LAS VEGAS – Today, at the Target on Rainbow Boulevard, Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03) joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Retail Association of Nevada, and local retail asset protection teams to discuss ways that they are combatting organized retail crime (ORC) in southern Nevada.  

In Nevada, ORC caused an estimated loss of $85 million in tax revenue in 2021 alone. Last year, a Summerlin beauty store was the victim of ORC and the year before that, Metro uncovered a 30-foot-long trailer of stolen goods from dozens of retailers totaling over $1 million. ORC affects consumers, workers, and businesses — costing over $1 billion in lost products, higher insurance, increased prices of goods, and unrealized wages in Nevada alone. ORC costs retailers $720,000 for every $1 billion in sales – up 50 percent since 2015.

Lee convened a roundtable discussion with Metro Police Sergeant and supervisor of the department’s Organized Retail Crime Section Patrick Flynn, members of Target’s asset protection team, Walgreens Major Crimes Investigations Manager Jake Crank, and Retail Association of Nevada’s Senior Vice President Bryan Wachter. 

In Congress, Lee is leading the bipartisan Combating Organized Retail Crime Act and the bill has 122 cosponsors. 93% of retailers support the legislation.

The bipartisan Combating Organized Retail Crime Act would: 

  • Establish an Organized Retail Crime Coordination Center within Homeland Security.  
  • Designate ORC a federal crime and equip federal investigators and prosecutors to combat these operations.  
  • Require the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to report to Congress on this type of crime and enforcement. 

“Organized retail crime puts all of us in danger, while hurting consumers, taxpayers, and businesses of all sizes. Our local and state law enforcement are doing incredible work, but we need coordination at the federal level to investigate and prosecute these crimes,” said Congresswoman Lee. “These criminal groups are driving up prices for hardworking Nevadans, and using their stolen goods to fund human trafficking, weapons smuggling, and terrorism. That’s why I’m proud to lead bipartisan legislation that will support law enforcement with the tools they need to crack down on these criminal operations.” 

“We just want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Congresswoman Lee for being able to be an original cosponsor of the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act. This is vital legislation that is going to help our smallest and our largest businesses here in Nevada be able to succeed,” said Retail Association of Nevada’s Senior Vice President Bryan Wachter.