Dallas County DA’s Office Will No Longer Prosecute “Theft of Necessary Items” up to $750

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Dallas County DA's office will no longer prosecute theft of items worth 750 dollars or less

Dallas County’s new district attorney has announced he will no longer prosecute criminals who steal “necessary items” worth up to $750.

The controversial announcement drew criticism from local business owners who are worried that the policy will encourage thieves to shoplift with impunity.

Fox4 reports: While the Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot tried to clarify his new policy on Friday, some business owners are worried about what the DA’s new policy will mean for them.

Cody Ellison and his business partner own three shops in the Bishop Arts District. The DA’s letter to the people of Dallas County does not sit well with him.

“To have the thought of someone being able to come in and steal $750 from us and there be no consequence is unfathomable to me,” Ellison said.

The DA’s letter says: “Criminalizing poverty is counter-productive for our community’s health and safety. For that reason, this office will not prosecute theft of personal items less than $750 unless the evidence shows that the alleged theft was for economic gain.”

“They say essentials,” Ellison said. “For us, essentials are clothing. People have to have clothing.”

Ellison questions why the DA set such a high dollar amount for prosecution.

“This is not a victimless crime,” he said.

The district attorney tried to clarify his new policy.

“Maybe I should say consumption items. Maybe we should have put that word in there,” Creuzot said. “We’re talking about food and formula that people need to live. Maybe I didn’t put enough words in when I said personal items. Maybe I should have said personal consumption items.”

Jason Roberts is the owner of AJ Vagabonds in Bishop Arts. He supports the DA’s new policy.

“I would hate to have the worst thing you’ve done be the flag for who you are as a human being for the rest of your life,” Roberts said.

But business owners like Ellison hope the policy doesn’t encourage criminal behavior.  

“People are going to become more and more confident with stealing, opening a floodgate for more and more theft in the future,” Ellison said. “If it grows, there will be no more small business owners.”

The district attorney did say that his office is trying to partner with academic institutions to track crime numbers to see if the new policy is causing an increase in crime. Those numbers could prove hard to track though if people stop reporting the crimes.

9 Comments

  1. only in Amewhorica folks….. only in Amewhorica……coming to a state near you.. lol..stupid fucking Amewhoricans…. home of the new day slaves. .land of the creeps… lol.. fucking shithole

  2. UNBELIEVABLE!? Now we not only let them slither in by the thousands and INVADE our once sovereign nation, a crime, but we will give them free license to commit further crime without any action? Is this a nation of laws or is it every man for himself now?

    Ammo up!
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  3. I’ve said it before: Texas, do everything you can to make your great state as unattractive as possible to Democrats. They are a cancer that destroys their hosts, one after another. Drive your Democrats out of Texas and back to California while you can. Or Texas will be but a dim memory in just a few years. The Party of Death is after you.

  4. This can also be viewed from the perspective of the “relativity of right and wrong” or situation ethics. Wally World deliberately doesn’t give most employees 40 hours so they don’t have to cover them in many important areas. Therefore, if a person who is down and out economically steals something from a huge corporation that is mistreating its employees, this is “less wrong” than if the down and out individual steals from a small “mom and pop” store. Steal from corporations, people, if you are going to steal necessities, do not steal from the small struggling neighborhood store that is trying to survive.

    • Bullcrap! If you don’t like the employment terms at Walmart go work somewhere else, don’t shop there if you don’t wish to, whatever ….. but you DO NOT justify lawlessness! You leftists have lost your minds!

  5. Dallas has gone full blown INSANE! Folks, I suggest you IMMEDIATELY recall this crazy person from office!

  6. I would most strongly recommend that the good People of Dallas County remove this DA from office at the earliest opportunity, and make sure he is never elected to another.

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