Two Los Angeles men, apparently confident that no one would stop them if they simply walked into a store and robbed it of merchandise, brazenly walked out of a TJ Maxx in Granada Hills with armfuls of clothes.
Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz, the vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, told CBS News, “They didn’t even run out, they walked out. And so, that’s sending a message that we, the criminals, are winning.” She added, “If they’re caught, they’re probably given the equivalent of a traffic ticket. So it’s not taken seriously.”
In 2014, California passed Proposition 47, which changed the penalty for stealing less than $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor. “Earlier this month, video emerged on social media showing shoplifters brazenly making off with stolen goods after ransacking a local Neiman Marcus store in the Union Square section of San Francisco,” The Daily Mail noted.
Criminal defense attorney Alexandra Kazarian Sandoz cited an incident from