Assembly OKs tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 18:14:27-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has passed a Republican-authored bill that would create tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting.

The measure comes in response to reports last year of gangs of shoplifters running rampant through high-end department stores in California.

There's been no reports of similar smash-and-grabs in Wisconsin, but the bill's chief Senate sponsor, Duey Stroebel, said in written remarks to the Senate judiciary committee that the state must send a strong message that organized theft rings will be punished.

Under the bill, the severity of penalties for committing thefts as a group would be determined by the total value of the all the stolen items. The Assembly approved the bill Tuesday on a 59-33 vote. It goes next to the Senate.