New retail theft tactic “Crash and Grab”

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Retailers are braving a new crime wave that promises to be one of the most violent theft tactics yet.

A van earlier this month crashed into Seattle boutique Rush Hour before thieves ran out and grabbed inventory. Just a few days later, the robbers were back, taking even more high-ticket items than the first time.

This type of crime, often called crash-and-grab or drive-thru burglaries, is becoming increasingly popular as brick and mortar stores fight off an uptick in retail crime.

“SPD [Seattle Police Department] has been seeing this type of tactic of utilizing a vehicle to ram a business’s entry in order to steal merchandise from within occurring in multiple incidents,” The Seattle Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital. “It is unknown if these incidents are related.”

These crash-and-grab crimes are highly coordinated with multiple participants in the vehicles as well as those waiting to make a getaway, according to Stefan Campbell, the owner of the Small Business Blog.

“These retail thefts require a high amount of organization and generally seem to be well thought out to maximize the stolen items they can get away with,” Campbell told Newsweek.


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