SAGINAW TWP, MI Dec 19 2016-- Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a shoplifting sting late last week across nearly two dozen retail stores in Saginaw and Kochville townships.
Those efforts, according to a Saginaw Township Police Department press release, saw 17 people arrested on shoplifting charges and more than $5,000 in merchandise recovered.
"This cooperative effort will hopefully send a message to thieves that we take crimes against our business community seriously," Saginaw Township Chief of Police Donald Pussehl stated in the press release.
"If you plan on committing a crime against our businesses, we will hold you accountable."
The sting was conducted by the agencies of Saginaw Township Police Department, the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8 and 9.
In what police describe as a "shoplifting blitz," officers give loss prevention staff police radios so they can contact the law enforcement agencies directly and ensure a swift response, according to the press release.
"Every year that we do these shoplifting stings, we see a sharp decrease in the parking lot-related crimes that we used to deal with, such as larceny from autos and purse snatchings," Chris Fredenburg, a crime prevention specialist with the Saginaw Township Police Department, stated in the release.
"We have broken into the local criminal network and they know that we mean business in our retail districts. Crime stops here."
More stings by the Saginaw Township Police Department are planned for the near future.