Gig Harbor: 23 arrested in 2-day retail theft emphasis patrol

Gig Harbor Police arrested 23 theft suspects in just two days as part of a retail theft emphasis patrol.

According to authorities, the emphasis patrol was conducted on March 23 and 24. Plainclothes detectives, police officers and a Pierce County Sheriff investigator worked with local loss prevention officers.

The police department says in just two days, they made 23 arrests—21 for third-degree theft and two for second-degree robbery.

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(Gig Harbor Police)

Police say the two robbery charges stemmed from suspects trying to fight with loss prevention staff while committing theft.

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In all, more than $3,500 in merchandise was recovered during the emphasis patrol, police say.