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Massive Retail Crime Wave Washes over Kansas and Missouri


NEW YORK (CNN/KPR) – Retail crime in Kansas is bad and getting worse. So says Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach.

In an interview with CNN, Kobach said Kansas and Missouri are among the top 10 states in the nation for the volume of retail crime. He says Kansas lost approximately $642 million in stolen goods in 2021.

Kobach says there’s a connection between drug trafficking, especially fentanyl addiction, and organized retail crime.

Authorities say a Victoria’s Secret store in Wichita has lost $30,000 a month to theft. And the Cabela’s store in Wichita has reportedly lost more merchandise than any other Cabela’s in the nation.

CNN reports that a pattern of serious planned and brazen heists has retailers on edge all across the nation. In cities like San Francisco, retailers are closing up shop altogether.