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New website targets crime by gangs, groups

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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 6:00 pm

Law enforcement agencies and major retailers in the Phoenix area hope that sharing information will help them combat retail theft committed by criminal groups and gangs.

Using a new secure website, retailers and law enforcement authorities will be able to post bulletins about organized retail theft, robberies, counterfeiting and related crimes and scams.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says the site’s searchable database will enable authorities to spot patterns, connect cases and prevent additional crimes.

Michelle Ahlmer of the Arizona Retailers Association says the website enables retailers who normally are competitors to cooperate with each other on a problem of mutual concern.

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