The IL House Republican Leader has filed the bill in order to target the rise in smash-and-grab robberies.
Under Durkin’s proposal, a person commits organized retail theft when they:
- Work with one or more people to steal merchandise with the intent of selling or returning the merchandise for profit.
- Work with two or more people to receive, purchase or possess merchandise they believe to be stolen.
- Act as an agent of another individual or group of individuals to steal merchandise from one or more merchant’s premises as part of an organized plan to commit theft.
- Recruit, coordinate, organize, supervise, direct, manage or finance another person to undertake any of these actions.