GONZALES — On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, amid the holiday fervor at two of the region’s most bustling shopping hubs, a covert operation unfolded. Amidst the sea of shoppers, inconspicuous officers blended seamlessly lurking in the crowd, cloaked in everyday attire and behind common SUVs, their objective was clear — stop the surge of retail theft.

It’s called Operation Sleigh Ride. The Department of Homeland Security is partnering with local law enforcement in Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes to flood popular shopping centers to protect you during the busiest time of the year for shoplifting.

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