San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
July 22, 2021
CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: elisa.bubak@sjcda.org

DA Verber Salazar Commends California Legislature on AB 331

Stockton - Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 331, a bill aimed at combating organized retail theft across the state, into law. Nationally, organized retail theft costs businesses tens of billions of dollars each year.

"We are grateful for the changes in the law regarding organized retail theft," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "AB 331 expands and enhances our abilities to investigate and prosecute these crimes. Organized retail theft is detrimental to our businesses who have already suffered tremendous loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My office is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to combat organized retail crimes in our community."

AB 331 reestablishes organized retail theft as a crime. Prosecutors can seek to charge the crime as either a misdemeanor or a felony and the law applies to those who conspire with others to steal merchandise from either a brick-and-mortar store or online.

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