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Boston Retailers Push Bill to Crack Down on Organized Crime
Ryan Kearney, general counsel for the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, says the latest version of the bill has been slimmed down, including a proposed ban on the sale of certain items in flea markets and a proposed mandate for additional recordkeeping at the state Department of Revenue. The legislation, if signed into law, would strengthen the penalties for shoplifters if their actions are part of a broader, orchestrated effort. The bill would also turn several theft-related actions into crimes. It would impose criminal sanctions for people found guilty of using a device to block or deactivate theft-protection devices, shoplifters who use an emergency exit to avoid apprehension, and individuals who use counterfeit receipts or fake Universal Product Codes to cheat or defraud a merchant. Kearney says organized retail crime costs Massachusetts merchants more than $160 million a year in lost inventory. (Source

5 women busted hitting stores at St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall in St. Augustine, Fla.  Four women and a 16-year-old girl were arrested on felony retail theft charges after deputies responding to a shoplifting call at the St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall last week. Deputies said they found $2,000 worth of suspected stolen clothing inside the car, along with tools to remove anti-shoplifting devices. Clothing was located from six Outlet Mall stores, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok/Rockport Outlet, Aeropostale Outlet, Nike Outlet, Gap Outlet, and Tommy Hilfiger Outlet. (Source

Gresham, Ore., police bust largest check fraud scheme they've ever seen  Police said Prevost, the ring leader, stole $144,000 and created almost 100 legitimate-looking payroll checks. Columbia Sportswear is one of the companies they said he used as the supposed payer but that was just for show. The money was actually coming from a Department of Human Services bank account. Prevost allegedly wrote the checks out to dozens of accomplices. Then he was splitting the money with the check writers, like a pyramid scheme essentially where the people below you have to pay up to the people up here. Police were working with local Wal-Marts, including one in Gresham where the majority of the checks were cashed. (Source

Off-Duty Sheriff makes arrest outside Von Maur store in Indianapolis. Sometimes just being in the right place at the right time is enough for a good result. Off-duty Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen says instinct took over when he saw two men carrying clothes out of an Indy Von Maur store. The Sheriff stopped both suspects at gunpoint in the parking lot; $3500 worth of merchandise was recovered. (Source

Four San Benito women arrested for shoplifting from Harlingen Kmart.  Four women apparently working together were apprehended for shoplifting $200.79 worth of merchandise for the Kmart store in Harlingen. Merchandise was found concealed in their purse; the suspects were uncooperative with Kmart Loss Prevention. Bonds were set from $1100 to $2500. (Source

New Hampshire man flees after being stopped with 2 stolen televisions.  Police in Tilton, New Hampshire have a great surveillance photo to work from, but are still seeking the identity of a man who attempted to steal two 32-inch television from the Tilton Walmart. Loss Prevention stopped the man as he exited the store with the two televisions in the cart, the man then fled on foot and escaped. (Source

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