WASHINGTON — Organized retail theft should be a federal felony for all members of the groups involved in these crimes, Food Marketing Institute argued at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing yesterday. “Organized retail crime is one of the most serious threats we face today,” said Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive officer, FMI. “These gangs of thieves steal up to $30 billion in merchandise a year.” He said the gangs also pose a public threat because they sometimes adulterate ...

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