Long Beach police arrested more than 70 people over the course of three days during a retail theft operation.
From November 13 to November 15, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) detectives and patrol officers joined more than a dozen businesses at more than 30 locations throughout Long Beach, with the goal of identifying, arresting and prosecuting 100% of shoplifters, thieves and commercial burglars.
In total, 72 people were arrested, including 53 for midemeanor thefts and 19 for felony offenses, including grand theft, robbery or parole/probation violations.
The LBPD said in a statement that the operation was conducted prior to Black Friday and the start of the holiday season to send a strong message to would-be criminals that retail theft would not be tolerated in Long Beach.
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