South Carolina retailers pushing for tougher ORC penalties
A South Carolina retailers group says the Palmetto State is
a haven for professional shoplifters because it has the
weakest laws for retail theft in the Southeast. That is why
the S.C. Retail Association advocates two bills [H. 3602]
[S. 0471] that would increase penalties for shoplifters and
also make it a crime to switch price tags and fraudulently
obtain refunds. The main goal is to stop those who shoplift
for a living, sometimes working in organized teams.
ORC credit card fraud ring hits Oaks Mall in Gainesville,
Coral Gables man admits being part of organized credit card
fraud ring after trying to hit Victoria's Secret and GNC.
Police said that Oscar Acosta, 28, was in the mall around
1:30 p.m. on Saturday when a security guard alerted GPD that
he was attempting to use bogus cards for big purchases.
Acosta was arrested on two counts of fraudulent use of a
credit card, tampering with evidence, scheme to defraud, two
counts of using a fake identification, and giving false
information to police. (Source
Trio indicted in Montgomery County, TX., hitting Walmart
A Montgomery County grand jury
indicted two men and a woman last week for allegedly
conducting in organized retail theft. The arrest record
states the trio told deputies they would print out receipts
at another store location, and then exit the store with the
items on the receipts. (Source
male duo hits Lowe's twice for power tools in Raleigh, NC
Raleigh police are seeking the
public's help to identify two men wanted in connection with
the April 15 robbery of the Lowe's Home Improvement store on
Capital Boulevard. The two men stole power tools valued at
more than $800 and returned on April 16th to do the same
thing but escaped. (Source
ORC duo busted in traffic stop in Sandusky, OH.
Items found in the car included a Dewalt 20v cordless drill,
two new Dyson vacuums, five fitted ball caps, numerous
Champs brand shirts, Nike Air Jordan sneakers and a shoe
display rack. Most of the stuff were stolen from various
Perkins Township businesses,” Kemmer said. “We aren’t sure
about all the businesses they stole stuff from, but Home
Depot and Walmart are for sure.” Richardson and Marquez were
taken to the Erie County Jail. (Source
Pennsylvania man to be charged with Organized Retail Theft,
witness intimidation charges dropped.
It is unclear why witness intimidation
charges were dropped after Pennsylvania State Police had
brought the charges forwarded following an investigation
into a telephone voicemail that clearly heard the ringleader
of a counterfeit coupon ring threatening to kill a man who
was working with authorities. (Source
Victoria’s Secret hit for $565 worth of
perfume in Taunton, MA.
Victoria’s Secret in the Silver City Galleria mall reported
the theft of ten bottles of perfume worth $565. The store’s
manager said the fragrances were on display near the front
of the store and were stolen some time between 5 p.m. and 9
Two arrested in Indiana, PA following a shoplifting spree
hitting Kmart, Walmart and Sears.
Sears Loss Prevention observed the two shoplifters in the
store and made the apprehension. Upon the arrival of the
Pennsylvania State Police, the shoplifter’s vehicle was
searched uncovering stolen goods from Walmart and Kmart. The
total value was $660. One of the offenders faces felony
charges due to two prior convictions.
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