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ORC 6-13-13



Special Agent Expresses Impact of Organized Retail Theft  
Special Agent Scott Springer of the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, talked about organized retail theft at the Panhandle CrimeStoppers’ meeting on Tuesday. He explained that it’s hard for the consumer to notice whether an item is stolen, repackaged and resold, but he mentioned if the label is torn, it is a very good sign of retail theft. He also said that more expensive items are usually the target of those involved in organized retail theft, such as cigarettes or baby formula. Springer mentioned that sometimes there are links between terrorist activities and organized retail crime, but the majority of organizations involved in retail theft are just people being greedy. (Source

U.S. Federal Prosecutors Charge Eight People with Multimillion-dollar Fraud  The eight suspects are charged in connection to a fraud that siphoned money from hacked accounts at banks, laundered it and sent it overseas. Four have been arrested so far, and the rest are still at large. Starting in 2011, hackers gained access to accounts at 15 financial institutions, but it didn’t stop there. They attempted to send money to pre-paid debit cards, and then converted the money into cash. The money was then transferred into secondary bank accounts. Prosecutors say they have been able to track down at least $15 million in stolen money. (Source

Two ORC Suspects Arrested in Boise, ID, Part of Larger Crime Ring  Peggy Williams and Lex Lowman were arrested Monday on outstanding felony warrants for robbery. An investigation started back in March after the couple allegedly entered a store in Boise and concealed a stereo in a large duffel bag and removed the security device. During the investigation, officers collected information that led them to believe that more people were involved in a series of organized thefts over various retailers during a period of several months. (Source

Five More Members of ORC Ring Busted in Boise 
In addition to the two arrests made in the above case, five more people were arrested last week believed to be part of the theft ring involved in stealing, shipping and selling stolen merchandise for profit. Police received a call from an employee reporting a theft, recognizing the description of the suspects, and with a similar description of the get a way car from an incident the day prior. The suspects abandoned their vehicle prior to police arrival. Upon search of the vehicle, officers found $2,400 worth of stolen merchandise, evidence of items being shipped to an address in Portland area, and evidence the suspects were connected to other shoplifting crimes in other cities across Oregon and Southern Idaho. Suspects were apprehended at a hotel near the Boise Airport. (Source

$7000 of Merchandise Stolen from Prime Outlet Stores - Five Women Responsible  Five suspects from Norfolk and Virginia Beach allegedly stole more than $7000 worth of products from James City County Prime Outlet stores. The band of five women face more than 100 counts of shoplifting. Employees at Coach said they spotted the women putting the goods into shopping bags, and alerted the police immediately. The suspects had their shopping bags lined with aluminum foil and duck tape to combat the alarm sensors, and they carried wire snips to remove any visible sensors. (Source

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