“Conducting periodic operations with our private security partners is an important strategy to help combat this type of crime in Dunwoody,” Chief Billy Grogan said in a statement.
The department worked with the Georgia Retailers Organized Retail Crime Alliance on the operation, which police called an “organized retail crime blitz.”
“Organized retail crime affects 97% of retailers in Georgia, however due to ongoing collaborations such as this, we are stemming that tide,” Thomas Beusse, the executive director of the Georgia Retailers, said in a statement.
Dunwoody partnered with the group in April for another two-day shoplifting sting at Perimeter Mall, which resulted in 24 arrests and $6,279 worth of merchandise recovered.
With Perimeter Mall and a number of other popular shopping areas located in Dunwoody, the city has seen a relatively high number of retail crimes over the years.
Last year, Dunwoody police officers arrested about 650 people for shoplifting, far more than for any other crime, according to the 2018 annual report. Just over 1,800 cases of larceny were reported.
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