FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Point of Contact: Sergeant Craig Miller 760-839-4722
Police arrested two people on Saturday, April 6 during an undercover shoplifting detail at a local grocery store. The enforcement was made possible by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control through its Grant Assistance Program.
Funds are used to combat underage drinking through a variety of methods, including minor decoy and “shoulder tap” operations, as well as this recent shoplifting detail.
Over the past several months, patrol officers have been called to the Albertsons store at 1509 E. Valley Parkway on numerous occasions after individuals stole alcoholic beverages. Store management solicited the Police Department’s assistance with the ongoing problem.
On April 6, undercover officers monitored the store and took two people into custody following a shoplifting incident.
Additional details will be conducted in an attempt at curbing the theft of alcohol from grocery stores – particularly by those under the age of 21.
“We hope that the possibility of being apprehended by undercover police officers will be a deterrent to minors who would consider stealing alcohol from stores,” said Sgt. Craig Miller. “We will be watching this and other stores around the city in the future.”