OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has created a statewide Organized Retail Crime Theft Task Force.
Across the country, organized retail crime costs 70-billion dollars a year.
Ferguson says the task force will improve coordination and collaboration among law enforcement agencies to stop the crime rings.
Nine other states have a task force dedicated to stopping organized retail crime.
The Washington task force will meet for the first time on July 7th and then every quarter for at least a year.