TEGA CAY, SC (FOX 46) - The Tega Cay Police Department is trying to tackle an issue that has been problematic for them at a popular retail chain- shoplifting.
The department has started a new outreach initiative where they will release monthly informational videos related to local crimes.
For January, they chose the topic of shoplifting and identified a store where officers have responded to numerous times.
Officers released on their twitter page that in the past two years, they've responded to more than 300 arrests and more than 1,000 calls related to shoplifting.
"It affects our community as a whole. It affects our retail stores with losses. But it also affects our citizens who patronize those stores with possible increased costs," said an officer in an informational video posted to YouTube. "Here at Tega Cay Police we have a zero tolerance for the crime of shoplifting."
In that video, officers also discussed how shoplifting can result in fees that typically range from $500-$2,000 or possibly jail time ranging from 30 days to 10 years.
Investigators say they will be using the store's security cameras and doing more foot patrols within the Walmart to hopefully crackdown on the problem.