Looks like the KCSO task force had a busy Christmas season. According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the force made 372 arrests and recovered $65,614 in stolen merchandise.
Officers also found two reported stolen cars and served 130 outstanding warrants.
The department, in a release, noted:
The majority of the arrests were for shoplifting, 35 were felony theft charges, but officers also made 12 arrests for DUI and nabbed two fugitives from justice. The task force started on November 24 and wrapped up December 29.
Last year during the same time period, officers made 342 arrests and recovered around $50,000 in stolen merchandise.
The task force was formed four years ago to provide a safe shopping experience. It’s a joint effort between KCSO, prosecutors, and loss prevention professionals to combat purse snatchings, retail thefts, car burglaries, car thefts, forgery, fraud, and other criminal activities that happen during the holiday season. Officers from patrol and, detectives, and schools make up the special unit.