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Woodbury's top cop to join Klobuchar in news conference on organized retail crime

Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague will be on hand among other area law enforcement officials Wednesday morning as U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduces to the media proposed legislation that her office says would which would strengthen the federal response to organized retail crime.

The federal bill, entitled the "Combating Organized Retail Crime Act," would target organized crime rings that move from store to store - and state to state - stealing large quantities of goods, which are then sold through flea markets, swap meets, pawn shops, temporary stores and, increasingly, on Internet auction sites, the Klobuchar press release states.

Common stolen items include baby formula, over-the-counter medications and health care products, cosmetics, clothing and electronics.

The Woodbury Public Safety Department has worked with federal authorities in the last few years on cases involving organized retail crime.

Klobuchar's office also noted that retail industry representatives will also be on hand for the public introduction of the proposed legislation. The media conference is set to take place at 11 a.m. in Minneapolis.