In an effort to stem the rash of retail theft ring robberies, Assemblyman Tri Ta (R-Westminster) has introduced a bill that would make it an automatic felony for non-residents to steal from retailers in California.
“California will no longer be a haven for shoplifting,” said Ta. “With this bill we are sending a clear message to these career criminals are not welcomed in our state and we will hold them accountable.”
Target, for example, reported that it lost $400 million more in gross profits to theft in California than in the previous year.
Ta, recently the mayor of Westminster, represents the 70th District which includes Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Rossmoor, Stanton, Westminster and portions of Huntington Beach, Santa Ana and Seal Beach.