PORT CHARLOTTE — Last week members from a variety of specialty units within the Sheriff’s Office participated in Operation RECEIPT to target retail thefts at Walmart and Target. Over a four-day period, they made 14 arrests. Operation RECEIPT stands for Rapidly Engaging Criminal Entities Involving Property Thefts. Between Sept. 24 and Sept. 27, members of the Intelligence Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Warrants Unit, Community Policing Officers, and Criminal Investigations Section worked with loss prevention personnel from both Walmart and Target. The stores’ loss prevention crews inside the stores kept in contact with the Sheriff’s Office personnel who were stationed both in the stores and in the parking lots.
The operation was conceived as a proactive approach to combating retail theft in Charlotte County while forming a closer working relationship with area businesses. During this operation, Sheriff’s Office members issued a Walmart corporate trespass notice to those charged with retail thefts from that retailer. That means that the person is warned against returning to any Walmart in Charlotte County instead of just applying to a single store.
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