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ORC 6-17-13



Consumers Stuck with Estimated $40 Billion a Year from Organized Retail Theft  At Friday’s meeting in Columbus, hundreds of retailers and law enforcement officers met in Columbus to talk about the effects and how to stop organized retail theft. Those at fault for this crime know what they are doing; they steal in bulk, but keep the amount under the $1000 to become a felony. Instead of going away to prison for a long time, the taxpayers and consumers are stuck footing the bill. Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, hopes the law will change, making these criminals eligible for more serious charges. (Source

Nationwide ID Operation busted in Oklahoma.  Tulsa County arrested a man and woman believed to be connected to a sophisticated nationwide identity theft operation. A seven month investigation ended with the arrest of Rahamanh Nwachumu Katumbusi, 38, and Donmetra Sherman, 24 on Thursday. when deputies arrested the duo in Oklahoma City Thursday, they recovered a slew of fake credit cards, driver's licenses, and dozens of high-value gift cards to everywhere from restaurants to Walmart. They also found high-end clothing and a pile of the latest smart phones, worth $500 a piece, investigators say. The police report says one victim in Pennsylvania had fake accounts at Target, Bass Pro Shop, Best Buy, Verizon and Sprint opened in her name. (Source

Two Brothers Steal over $100,000 From Chandler, AZ Kohl's 
The brothers stole the merchandise over several months, and were busted when Chandler police were notified regarding what Kohl's Loss Prevention Supervisor believed was an organized retail theft case. Police were told the inventory showed an increase in losses for the South Arizona Avenue store. Loss Prevention Officer Rafael Lopez was one of the suspects. Surveillance videos showed a subject entering the store with an empty cart and leaving with a full cart, without paying for the merchandise, ranging from shoes and clothing to perfume and watches. The estimated total loss is between $100,000 and $200,000. (Source

Chadron Police Arrests Three Shoplifting $1,500 in Merchandise 
The Pine Ridge, SD residents took nearly $1,500 in products from Wal-Mart, and it’s possible they may have hit other stores in the area. Michael Merrival, Kandis Little, and Katie Little are being charged with Theft by Shoplifting and Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Shoplifting. The police recovered only $662 worth of jewelry, makeup, clothes, purses, shoes, cell phones, DVDs, and sunglasses from a van in the parking lot. (

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