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Schumer talks organized retail crime in Victor, calls for RICO charges

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the rising issue of organized retail theft across New York State. During a series of visits in regions like Rochester, the Hudson Valley, and Ontario County, Schumer highlighted the significant impact these crimes have on local businesses and consumers, leading to higher prices and restricted access to goods.

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In a statement made at a Victor shopping center, Schumer detailed how criminal rings orchestrate thefts, employing individuals to steal high-value items such as electronics and jewelry from stores. These operations not only cause millions in losses but also fuel a black market that undermines legitimate commerce.

To address this, Schumer advocates for the application of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act by the DOJ. This law, enacted in 1970 to dismantle organized crime, could provide the necessary tools for federal and New York prosecutors to take down these theft rings through enhanced penalties and a coordinated effort across state lines, targeting the masterminds behind these operations.