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Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Organized Retail Crime Act

Theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling the products is now a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing prevalence of retail fraud.

House Bills 5843 and 5902, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Graves, R-District 51, would make it a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment if a person is found guilty of knowingly committing organized retail crime.

This includes the theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling, distributing, or transferring the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant or to any other person personally, through the mail, or through any electronic medium, including the Internet, in exchange for anything of value. The measures are now Public Acts 455 and 456 of 2012.

“Organized retail crime is a sophisticated operation conducted by professional criminals and can act as a gateway to finance even more serious crimes,” Snyder said. “These crimes are costing our businesses and our communities too much and law enforcement will now be better able to combat this growing threat.”

Editor's note: This press release was submitted by Gov. Rick Snyder's Office.

Tom Skyler January 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Too many black market items are showing up in dollar stores and gas stations, i hope this will help by making stiffer penalties. Its a crazy world when Tide is more valuable in trade.
Kelly Amison January 02, 2013 at 08:19 PM
What about the merchants who knowingly purchase these stolen items ... How will they be punished?
Tom Skyler January 03, 2013 at 01:17 PM
That is true this needs to be looked at from both sides, if they do not have the stores to sell it at, it will curb the theft.
Jim Rutkowski January 03, 2013 at 03:35 PM
They could be charged with possession of stolen property. There have been rings of shoplifters operating that steal with the intent to refund the merchandise for credit then sell the credit for pennies on the dollar. Or, use the credit themselves to buy something they want that was too large to steal. Retail fraud and all the measures stores use to prevent it costs the average consumer 2-5% on everything they purchase. Glad he signed the bill!
Easydude January 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Again, it must be his man has proven himself to be special in his needs - - really. What about looking at the woman who was attacked on a city bus last week and everyone just watched?

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