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Retail-theft task force arrests 2 in Summit

The Summit County Sheriff's Office retail-theft task force arrested two Park City residents over the weekend for allegedly stealing $300 worth of clothing, Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.

Previous task force operations have recovered about $9,000 worth of merchandise, Edmunds said.

He said thieves sometimes bring a moving van to Summit County and spend three or four days filling it with stolen merchandise. Then, they drive the merchandise to Las Vegas or southern California and sell it at flea markets for a 100 percent profit.

Edmunds said his deputies make arrests nearly every time they patrol the stores in plain clothes, looking for the habitual shoplifter.

"Don't bring this stuff to Summit County. You'll end up going to jail," Edmunds said.

The task force has been in place for about a year.