‘Operation Bad Elf’ Nets Hundreds of Arrests in Sacramento County
Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper has become one of the state’s leading voices against organized retail theft. The former Democratic assemblyman has taken just about everyone to task, including corporations that enable shoplifters and those who “duped” voters in supporting Prop 47 in 2014.
But Cooper is also taking concrete action. On Tuesday, he announced nearly 300 arrests as part of a retail theft operation dubbed “Operation Bad Elf.” The sting ran from Nov. 27 through Dec. 3. It involved around 50 detectives – both plain clothes and undercover – from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
“Retail theft not only affects the businesses directly but also has a ripple effect on our communities,” Sheriff Cooper said in a statement. “By addressing this issue head-on, we are sending a clear message that criminal activities will not be tolerated, and our community’s safety remains our top priority.”
Operation Bad Elf cost around $300,000. State funds aimed at combatting retail theft paid for around one-third. Of the 285 arrests, 78 resulted in felony charges. The remaining arrests resulted in misdemeanors.