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ORC 5-6-13



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. (Source

ORC credit card fraud ring hits Oaks Mall in Gainesville, FL. 
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

ORC Trio indicted in Montgomery County, TX., hitting Walmart stores  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

ORC 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 p.m. (Source

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. (Source

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