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22 more people arrested in organized retail crime ring in West York Borough, PA., now totaling 133 arrests  The West York Borough Police have charged twenty-two more people for their involvement in a major organized retail crime ring. The crimes were committed throughout York, Lancaster, Adams and Perry counties. James Giuffrida of West York was the ring-leader and was previously arrested. Officials say the number of arrests is now 133. On November 12, the West York Borough Police shut down James Giuffrida and the retail crime ring, which he operated out of his 'Power House Graphix' storefront at 1415 West Market Street. Here thieves could trade stolen merchandise in for gift cards. (Source (Source

$1.3M ORC female suspect arrested in Colorado Springs after asking for public's help last week & posted on the Daily April 26. The woman accused of selling fraudulent gift cards to a quadriplegic victim has been arrested, according to Colorado Springs police. Amber Smidt was wanted on charges in connection with the $1.3 million stolen merchandise investigation from earlier this year. Police said she arrived on the scene of the initial search warrant of the investigation wanting to sell gift cards to the store. Police said the gift cards were acquired through stolen merchandise at J.C. Penney's. According to police, Schaner conducted more than $1.3 million in Ebay sales in a four-year period. Schaner, police said, was the primary conduit for the stolen property. Other suspects were traveling from Castle Rock, Denver and Pueblo to conduct the sales, police said. From where was the merchandise coming? Police said it was being stolen from retail outlets by crews of shoplifters. Specifics of the shoplifting are still under investigation. Police said Schaner was working in conjunction with at least three others, including his son, Clinton. Police said tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property was recovered on Friday. Police are now working to return the property. According to police, an audit revealed nearly $120,000 in stolen property during the search warrant. More arrests are expected as the investigation continues, police said. (Source

ORC duo busted hitting Wal-Mart stores in Alabama  Traffic stop leads to arrest of two suspects with stolen merchandise from three Wal-Mart stores in Ocean Springs, Ala., Daphne, Ala., and Foley, Ala. Investigators also learned Lloyd has outstanding warrants out of Pensacola, Fla., and the Lamar County Sheriff's Department for other felony offenses. The two were charged with felony shoplifting for the thefts in Ocean Springs. (Source

Baby formula theft rings increasing in Milwaukee and across the country  A rash of recent thefts in the Milwaukee area and even across the country, appear to have escalated in terms of the boldness and brazenness — or maybe desperation — of the offenders. The most recent large-scale bust happened in April when police say Ebony Sims, 26, and Johnetta Webb, 23, both from Milwaukee, loaded 69 cans of formula into plastic totes they had grabbed off the shelves at Walmart in Greenfield and waltzed out of the store. Two days later, the same couple tried again, this time planning a “push out” of about 60 cans before ditching the cans when alerted by an accomplice that police were outside waiting for them. In Greenfield alone, police investigated 11 baby formula thefts totaling nearly 250 canisters worth more than $4,500 in the first four months of 2013. Over the last several months. Wauwatosa and Brookfield, two of Milwaukee's largest suburbs, also have been hit particularly hard. In November, two Milwaukee sisters, 12 and 14 years old, pushed out a cart with $500 in formula and diapers out Pick ‘n Save’s door. Just this week, authorities near Portland shut down a baby formula theft ring that had resulted in the theft of nearly $12,000 in formula. That pales in comparison to a theft ring that reportedly stole $2.5 million in baby formula from stores in California and Oregon until getting busted by police in December 2010. (Source

Organized retail theft on the rise in Durham
Organized retail theft is on the rise in Durham, N.C. Speaking at Northgate Mall to members of Durham Businesses Against Crime, Investigator Mark Feskanich of the Durham Police Department said he recently talked to a shoplifter who generated $91,000 in a seven-year period in Durham and surrounding counties. Police investigators have been stepping up efforts to put a dent in organized retail theft, and it’s paying off. People have been breaking into places like Kroger and Food Lion and stealing as many cartons of cigarettes as they can,” Feskanich said. Police recently arrested people suspected of fencing stolen goods, including owners of mini-marts, a towing business, tobacco store, tire store and apartment complex. Sgt. Rodney Hunter, an investigations supervisor, said the retail theft crackdown has been aided by citizen tips and cooperation from business owners. (Source

Cape Coral woman arrested in a major baby formula theft operation: stealing up to $1800 per day.  Cape Coral Police have arrested a woman in connection with theft of baby formula from several stores in Lee and Charlotte counties over the last two months.Jenny Fasching, 31, is charged with several counts of Grand Theft for allegedly stealing $13,000 worth of infant formula from area Publix and Walmart stores. From mid-March thru late April, Fasching would steal the infant formula, sometimes as much as $1,800 worth at a time, and sell it on internet sites such as Craigslist. (Source

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