Washington Examiner: "Portland, Oregon's last two Walmarts closing as companies see shoplifting surges"
See my post from a month ago:
Nice going Reddit - General Discussion - Clark Howard Community
A lot of the cause is that shoplifters view retailers as having gobs of money and can take the hit. Ultimately, lack of empathy, anger, psychological impulses, etc. motivate the theft. Probably quite a bit of dystopia in general. People have strained community and nobody really will put their neck out to combat thieves.
Years of inaction on homelessness and crime.
Prosecuting atty’s that are beholden to the one man that funded their campaigns.