Dec 26, 2022

Rob Lauer Political Reporter

Nevada Liberals’ criminal justice reforms are officially a disaster here in Las Vegas.

Yesterday, I stopped at the only open store in the valley, a local Vegas CVS Pharmacy Store on Maryland Parkway. I walked in and started looking for my items, only to find a homeless person sleeping in the store. The worthless security guard, who was a girl may weighted 110 pounds soaking wet, asked the man repeatedly to leave. He chuckled and ignored her. I finally found what I was looking for and went to the register. The lady working the register was very sweet and nice and greeted me with “Merry Christmas” (it was Christmas, hopefully my article doesn’t get her fired). That same security guard was now sitting at the counter.

As I stood there waiting to check out, I saw an obvious homeless man, around 30 years old, walk in. As I finished and started walking out, that same homeless man walked out with two cases of beer right pased the cash register without paying. I stood there for a second, trying to comprehend what I was seeing. He looked back at me and said, “Mind your own business!”. I told him to f#%@ himself. I then turned to the security guard and ask if she was going to stop him. She didn’t bother to get up.

She says there’s nothing we can do. What’s really sad, is if I had tried to stop the theft, I would have been the one arrested, probably for assault.

Under the Dems’ criminal justice reform laws passed by Sisolak, any store theft under $1,200 is not a misdemeanor. Cops don’t even bother arresting such criminals anymore. Which begs the question, “Why did I pay for the items? Why should any of us bother paying for anything from these stores? Because it’s the right thing to do? I just paid $3.50 for a 2 liter bottle of coke. The same product sells for $1.50 at Walmart, where they take shoplifting very seriously. So yes, I did pay for the theft.

In October of this year, a man was shot to death at that very same CVS store here in Vegas.

Crime is so bad at CVS stores, including robberies, that the Nevada Attorney General and the CVS CEO announced a new program to use delayed opening safes starting in April of this year.

CVS has been battling the crime spree in recent years so one would think they would care about supporting law enforcement. But, the CEO is Karen S. Lynch, a liberal Woke Hillary Clinton supporter. CVS donated over $5k to Sisolak and thousands to other woke Dems, but nothing to Lombardo or the Sheriff or the DA’s race.

The crime is so bad an entire industry has risen to combat it, the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, a trade association.

CVS Security is led by Ben Dugan, a former law enforcement officer and former president of that trade association. His focus has been on the organized crime industry created by lax laws and security. I spoke with him today but he refused to address the issues at that CVS store and directed to me corporate talking heads.

CVS has a duty to maintain a basic level of safety at their stores. There are things that CVS can do. First, hire off duty cops or armed former football linebackers to challenge the homeless thieves and ditch the loser security guards. Arrest the thieves, and then trespass on them. That’s what casinos here do. Take a there picture, share it with other stores and ban them from every other CVS store in the valley.

Trespassing under Nevada law, NRS 207.200 is a misdemeanor in Nevada, carrying a punishment of: Up to six (6) months in jail, and/orUp to a $1,000 fine.

Then push the DA to prosecute the offenders. BTW most of those thieves have active warrants, so if they are detained even for minor theft charges, chances are they can get jammed on warrants and taken to jail.

Let’s be clear, CVS’s failure to mitigate the crime at their retail stores has created an extremely dangerous situation for the unsuspecting public. I will not be shopping at CVS anymore until I see a real effort to stop criminals from using the stores as they please.

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