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Prosecute shoplifters under existing laws, governor says

Newsom is calling out local officials whom he said have been reluctant to prosecute shoplifters under existing laws.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom says in no uncertain terms that he thinks shoplifters should be prosecuted under existing California laws. He's calling out local officials whom he said have been reluctant to do so.

He was responding to a recent run of large-scale thefts in California and across the nation. Single operators have also been a growing problems for retailers who say the thieves face little consequence. 

Newsom is a Democrat who has boasted of his criminal justice reform efforts. He promised Wednesday that the proposed budget he sends to state lawmakers next month will significantly increase the state's efforts to go after retail rings.

Read the full AP story here.

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