Washington liquor theft rises after privatization

Washington liquor theft rises after privatization

A sudden big rise in Washington liguor thefts was a side effect of the state's privatization.

"I was reading a lot of stories about the high theft rate in Washington," said Christie Scott, spokeswoman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. "I was curious about Oregon's theft rate. I knew it was going to be low, but I was just flabbergasted at how low."

In the past year, a grand total of $7,680 worth of booze was lost to burglaries and theft in Oregon, or 0.003 percent of the state's $237 million stash, according to OLCC data. Oregon's average yearly liquor theft is $9,206 or about one-tenth of 1 percent.

Read more at OregonLive.com.