KENNEWICK, Wash. - Three people from Hermiston face charges for a string of organized retail crimes in the Tri-Cities last night.
Police say the Tri-Cities has become a shopping destination for eastern Washington and unfortunately, a shop lifting destination.
The National Retail Federation says that annual losses from organized retail crime could be as high as $30-billion.
Organized retail crime is defined as one or more people stealing from three or more stores.
"Organized retail theft is a big industry where they are going into stores with multiple people and a plan to steal clothes and that is then sold on the black market," said Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Police say the people arrested here last night stole from Ranch and Home, The Craft Warehouse, and were then caught at Famous Footwear.