Alberta government strikes panel to look into combating liquor store thefts
James Burns, CEO of Alcanna, Minister Doug Schweitzer, MLA Brad Rutherford, and Cst. Robyn Wilson, Edmonton Police Service, announced action to fight robberies and thefts targeting liquor stores.
The UCP government announcing the establishment of another “working group”, this time to fight liquor store thefts.
Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says there is evidence criminal gangs are fuelling a dramatic increase in liquor store thefts in cities like Edmonton and Calgary and using stolen merchandise as a form of street currency to pay for illegal goods and activities.
He says Edmonton Police responded to more than 9500 liquor store thefts in 2019, an average of 26 a day, and triple the amount from the year before.
The working group will examine the recent spike in crime and weigh a broad range of actions to deter liquor store thefts.