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Pawn Shop Owner and Theft Ring Leader plead guilty in Federal Court in Charleston; $1 Million in stolen goods. Eugene Walter Jones the owner of Patriot Pawn faces a maximum of five years in prison, although he won’t be sentenced for a few months. Jones signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors three weeks ago that binds him to also cooperate with investigators. There are still several co-defendants in the case. Jones was the leader of the conspiracy that went on between 2007 and 2012. “eBay notified the U.S. Secret Service they believed Jones was selling stolen goods,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhett DeHart said. Jones recruited shoplifters to steal different products, including vacuum cleaners, computer software and kitchen appliances, from stores that included Lowe’s, Walmart and Home Depot. (Source

Fifth Suspect in $218,000 Macy's Gift Card Scheme Arrested
The alleged ringleader of a Macy's gift card scheme that targeted 41 stores, including the Montclair Plaza location, has been nabbed in Las Vegas. Duenas was wanted in connection with the alleged theft of gift cards valued at $218,000 from Macy's stores across California, authorities said. Authorities have been searching for him since 2012. (Source

Hair extensions the focus of another burglary in Baltimore. Video surveillance captured the latest smash and grab of human hair extensions form the Beauty Island store in Baltimore County. The front window of the store was smashed out and Police believe the suspects got away with 80 packages of human hair extensions valued at $20 to $100 per item. (Source

Getaway driver jumps out with gun threatening employees in pursuit  A man grabbed an armful of slacks of rack and runs to an awaiting car. Two employees started chasing him only to be threatened by gun wielding getaway car driver in Charlotte, N.C., "Social Status" retail store. (Source

ORC San Antonio man busted for hitting various Target stores throughout San Antonio  Man identified as 31-year-old Daniel Rodriguez accused of targeting Target stores in a series of shoplifting cases that began in April. San Antonio police said someone stole electronics on at least five different occasions from various Target stores throughout the city. An arrest warrant affidavit stated that in several cases, witnesses reported seeing the shoplifter drive off in a white van with the words, “Spa Pro,” on the side. (Source

Police arrest 3 on ORC theft charges in Longview, TX., Wal-Mart 
Three men were jailed Thursday on theft charges after Kilgore police say they were shoplifting together. Kilgore police responded to a theft call shortly after 8 p.m. Monday at Walmart in the 1200 block of Stone Road where the store’s loss prevention associates had detained the men. Police arrested Jonathan Stanley Allen, 18, and Justin Jordan, 18, both of Gladewater and Aaron Michael Duncan, 19, of Kilgore. The men are being held on $2,500 bond each on charges of organized retail theft. (Source

ORC? Mahoning, PA., police seek pair of Walmart shoplifting suspects  Mahoning Township police have charged three people in connection with a May 7 shoplifting at the township Walmart. Two of the suspects also are charged with an attempted theft Tuesday at the store. Only one of the three has been arrested. (Source

Boxstuffers hit Toys R Us in Burbank
Three men were arrested after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards from the Toys R Us in Burbank. On Firday noght the three entered the store to buy a Little Tikes basketball hoop that was stuffed with 105 packs of Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic and Kaijudo trading cards and four sets of ear buds. In their truck, police discovered a second basketball hoop box filled with $3,900 worth of stolen trading cards and other Toys R Us items. (Source

ORC male duo busted hitting Target stores in Detroit
Livonia police arrested a pair of men Monday evening they say are wanted in connection with several shoplifting incidents at Target stores across Metro Detroit. Police were called to the Target at 29451 Plymouth Road after security at the store saw two men leave the store with a cart full of merchandise. The cart contained duffel bags full of ink cartridges. After examining some of the ink cartridges, police and Target determined that some were from another Target store. It was determined, with the help of Target security, that the men were wanted in connection with up to 15 retail frauds at other Metro Detroit Target stores. (Source

Gainesville PD arrests 3 men trying to recruit homeless men to steal cellphones from Wal-Mart  Three men were arrested Monday night after they were accused of trying to persuade homeless men to steal cellphones from Wal-Mart. A Wal-Mart loss-prevention officer alerted GPD that another man was trying to make a suspicious cellphone purchase, and officers traced the scheme back to the three suspects. (Source

One of an ORC trio gets max+ jail sentence for $100,000 coupon fraud and price switching scheme at Wal-Mart in Jackson, MI.  She and two others were accused of working together to use coupon fraud and improper price matching to bilk the Walmart on W. Michigan Avenue of what detectives earlier estimated was more than $100,000 in merchandise. The Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety seized and cataloged hundreds of items worth about $30,000 and acquired during about a month-long period. These were then returned to Walmart. Those who perpetrated the fraud would go to the store three or four times a day. Walmart security staff watched hours and hours of surveillance tape and brought detectives possible suspects. Working with Detective Robert Shrock, the suspects were identified, and police searched two homes. In one of the homes, officers found a make-shift store in the basement. (Source

Two sentenced in Lafayette in credit card fraud scheme
Both men were charged with conspiracy to possess counterfeit credit cards after they were caught in September using fake cards to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards and sentenced Wed. to 10 months in federal prison. (Source


The Dallas Sheriff's Department is hosting a "roundtable" discussion on Organized Retail Theft and its economic impact on state and local governments. A presentation by Charlie Tyner, Div LP Manager for Kroger, followed by an open table dialogue on retail theft. Refreshments will be provided by the National Retail Federation. The cost is FREE.

July 22, 2013
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Dallas County Sheriff's Academy,
Bill Priest Building
1402 Corinth St. Dallas, TX 75215

Contact training for more information and to register
at 214-653-3496

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