(CNN) — The CEOs of Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Home Depot and CVS are among a group of 20 retail leaders who sent a letter Thursday to Congress expressing their concern over a recent wave of brazen store robberies in major US cities and urged lawmakers to take action.
The group called on Congress to pass legislation that would deter criminals from being able to easily resell stolen merchandise, specifically online.
“As millions of Americans have undoubtedly seen on the news in recent weeks and months, retail establishments of all kinds have seen a significant uptick in organized crime in communities across the nation,” the letter said.
Criminals are “capitalizing on the anonymity of the Internet and the failure of certain marketplaces to verify their sellers,” the retailers said. As a result, retailers are a target for increasing theft.