Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Organized Retail Crime Act
Theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of
reselling the products is now a felony punishable by up to
five years' imprisonment. Gov. Rick Snyder has signed
legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to
protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing
prevalence of retail fraud. “Organized retail crime is a
sophisticated operation conducted by professional criminals
and can act as a gateway to finance even more serious
crimes,” Snyder said. “These crimes are costing our
businesses and our communities too much and law enforcement
will now be better able to combat this growing threat.”
Woman charged with engaging in Organized Crime and theft of
$61,000. Carly Smith, 29 was the woman running an
organized retail crime operation that had 11 people working
for her, stealing merchandise and returning for gift cards.
Smith would then turn around and sell those gift cards in
Louisville to quick lending companies like Action Loan and
Easy Cash. According to police, Smith got away with it 109
times, swindling nearly $20,000 from retailers. The entire
theft ring tops out at 400 gift cards and $61,000.
Supply nabs California ORC suspect that hit 3 stores for
$5000. Shawn Michael Tegen was booked into the San
Joaquin County Jail on multiple felony charges including
burglary, theft utilizing a forged credit card, fraud and
the possession of stolen property, Tegan was arrested
Saturday afternoon after making a $2000 purchase at the
Tractor Supply store in Ripon, California, he was in the
process of loading his truck when Police arrived. Tergen had
used the forged credits cards to make $5000 worth of
purchases in three Tractor Supply store in two counties.
ORC? Man hitting Wal-Mart stores for TV's in Franklin, Tenn.
Police are searching for a suspect who's been stealing
televisions from a Wal-Mart in Williamson County.
Investigators said the man has robbed the Wal-Mart located
on Mallory Lane at least three times. The televisions are
valued at more than $1,900. (Source
Tampa thieves cashing in on stolen debit cards; $3500 of
transactions done in minutes.
Police are investigating multiple victims
claiming that their debit card information was misused for
transactions which they had not made. One victim was
surprised to find out she had spent nearly $800 at Advance
Auto and nearly the same amount at a BurgerMonger restaurant
in Tampa. (Source
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