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Two arrested in Fraud Ring hitting The Home Depot in 12 States; over $300,000. In an FBI statement released, the two men are believed to have been switching UPC codes on products, purchasing the items for pennies on the dollar. The men operated the scheme in 12 states from Florida to Michigan, involving over 100 Home Depot stores. The two men are accused of making more than 640 returns. They are also accused of enlisting nearly 20 accomplices to assist them in the fraud. (Source

Man tried using false receipt to take two TVs from Watchung Walmart.  A man attempted to use fake receipts to steal two 32 inch television, but left the store empty handed. Video surveillance has been obtained by the Watchung Police Department and are seeking the identity of the suspect. (Source

Cops Crack Down On Retailers- Fences - Who Sell Stolen Goods in Chicago  A new law in Illinois is allowing police and retailers to work together to crack down on organized retail theft. On tables and on the ground in a West Side storage area, the Chicago Police Department’s asset-forfeiture unit shows off its latest bust. One official estimated the value at more than $100,000. Police say one store, School Snack on Belmont, accepted stolen goods until it was shut down earlier this week. Two store operators were arrested yesterday, and police didn’t just take their freedom. They also took their cars. The investigation originated in Mount Prospect seven months ago. But what makes it so unique is the cooperation between police departments and private retailers. (Source

Sevierville, Tenn., police and retailers form ALERT - "Area Law Enforcement and Retailer Team" to fight ORC 
They focused on Tanger Outlets on the Parkway and Governor's Crossing Mall on Collier Drive. As soon as an officer responds to a crime, an alert is sent to all the other businesses. Under the ALERT program, an e-mail is sent out to the stores as soon as officers respond to a store about a crime. Right now, the ALERT system is limited to just the two main malls, but this summer, officers want to get businesses throughout the city signed up for the program. (Source

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