Mitchell vows aggressive prosecution for retail crime in Phoenix area

The Maricopa County attorney held a news conference at Fry’s supermarket in north Phoenix on Wednesday to highlight organized retail crime.

“This is not the same thing as shoplifting,” Rachel Mitchell said while customers shopped nearby. “Organized retail crime is theft for resale, not for personal use.”

Mitchell said the theft is leading to inconvenience for shoppers and increased prices, and she vowed to continue prosecuting the “career criminals” from Arizona and out of state who she said were committing many of the crimes.

So far in 2023, Mitchell said her office has received 300 submittals from law enforcement for organized retail crimes, and she expected that number to increase during the holiday shopping season.