Organized retail theft is on the rise in Illinois and businesses are fighting back

Shoppers are returning to stores this holiday season, while retailers are concerned about a disturbing rise in organized retail theft.

shoppers on black friday 2020
Black Friday shoppers wear face masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic as they leave the Uniqlo store along Fifth Avenue, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in New York. Mary Altaffer / Associated Press
shoppers on black friday 2020
Black Friday shoppers wear face masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic as they leave the Uniqlo store along Fifth Avenue, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in New York. Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

Organized retail theft is on the rise in Illinois and businesses are fighting back

Shoppers are returning to stores this holiday season, while retailers are concerned about a disturbing rise in organized retail theft.

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In its first major bust, the Illinois Attorney General’s new Organized Retail Crime Task Force recovered millions in stolen merchandise being held in Chicago storage units.

Reset finds out how retailers are fighting back and what this means for holiday shoppers.

GUEST: Ally Marotti, reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business