police task force busts $1M ORC shoplifting ring in
Middletown, Ohio, hitting four counties and 13 cities
A Middletown task force has busted 57 men and women ORC
gang hitting Wal-Mart, Meijer, CVS, and Family Dollar
stores. The boosters stole stole everything from mascara
to plasma televisions from local retailers for resale at
area flea markets, pawn shops and on the Internet.
Police said they executed 16 search warrants and seized
24 vehicles and approximately $300,000 in stolen
merchandise, including about $250,000 from vendors at
the Caesar Creek Flea Market in Wilmington. Stolen items
ranged from toiletries such as shampoo, body spray,
detergent and cologne to high-end electronics, DVDs,
computer games and vacuum cleaners. The shoplifting
operation spanned across four counties and 13 cities.
The thieves would work in teams of three, four, six or
eight people, and some teams even had names such as “The
Dayton Gang” or “The Pawn Shop Gang,” police said. The
teams would surround an area of the store, such as the
electronics department, and several team members would
distract the cashier, while one of two others would be
responsible for stealing items, police said. The retail
theft task force cost $39,450 and came in about $5,000
under budget. The project was funded through the
department’s mandatory drug fund, which is money
generated through drug cases and court restitution, he
Kensington police questioning female suspect in $30,000
ORC thefts from Wal-Mart in Pittsburgh, PA.
New Kensington police last Thursday
arrested a city woman who they say matches the
description of someone wanted in a string of Wal-Mart
thefts totaling $30,000. North Huntingdon, Cranberry and
East Franklin police each questioned the suspect in
custody regarding her potential involvement in Wal-Mart
thefts in those towns, according to the criminal
complaint. It states that each department considers
Radeshak a suspect in those cases as well. Radeshak in
2011 pleaded guilty in Westmoreland County Court to four
retail theft charges.
Two charged with Organized Retail Theft under new law in
David George Ruggles, 33, and Shawna Lee Ducharme, 31,
both of the 500 block of Rodie Avenue, were charged
Monday with felony possession of stolen goods, organized
retail theft, and conspiracy to steal more than $1,500
in merchandise from the Barnes & Nobles bookstore with
the intent of reselling it for financial gain. They are
accused of using an aluminum-lined bag to conceal
merchandise from an anti-theft detection device.
Two busted in Sarasota, FL., with 120 counterfeit credit
cards hitting several retailers Deputies
located 35-year-old Alfredo Torrella and 39-year-old
Orlando Rodriguez Friday night after they tried to
purchase Home Depot gift cards with several credit cards
that were declined. During a search of their rental
vehicle deputies found 120 counterfeit credit cards,
personal information for 29 different victims and a fake
driver’s license. The suspects admitted purchasing the
cards and information from someone in the Miami area for
about $4,500 and were frustrated because many of the
cards didn’t work. While the suspects made purchases in
two stores, it appears deputies stopped their crime
spree shortly after it began.
‘Time Factory Outlet' store employee stole 850 watches
in Woodbury, New York
Daryn Bleach, 23 an employee of the Time Factory
store, attempted to stage a burglary by cutting the
alarm wires and stealing 850 watches valued at $245,000.
A co-conspirator has also been charged in the case. All
$245,000 worth of watches have been recovered.
$1000 in Baby Formula stolen from Albany-area Target
Albany police were called at 8:59 p.m. to a
report of $1000 worth of baby formula was stolen by two
women and a man at Target. The suspects fled in a dark
green four-door late '80s vehicle. Disposition: Case
report taken. (Source
Retailer Alliance of NE (LERANE)
Organized Retail Theft Bulletin
From: WMUR – NH’s ABC
Affiliate. This segment features Salem, NH Deputy
Chief Shawn Patten, who was RMANH’s Law Enforcement
Partner of the Year in 2012.
SALEM, N.H. —Police in New Hampshire and
Massachusetts are looking for this woman they said
has stolen more than $100,000 worth of merchandise
from local malls.
the WMUR segment below:
Investigators said the woman has hit stores in at
least three towns. Police said she stole from the
Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem several times. They
said she also has specific tastes, preferring to
steal items from Victoria's Secret and Sephora, and
she may also be targeting Abercrombie & Fitch
"Between all three locations, primarily in Peabody
and Salem, it's well over $100,000 of merchandise,"
said Salem Deputy Chief Shawn Patten.
Police said the woman has also targeted the
Northshore Mall in Peabody, Mass. Investigators are
also exploring the possibility that she robbed the
Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua on Thursday night.
In a surveillance photo, the woman can be seen with
a large bag.
"Sometimes they use aluminum foil or duct tape, so
they use theft-shielding devices with this organized
retail crime," Patten said.
Patten said the woman is following a pattern often
used by organized thieves.
"They're able to go in and grab stuff at the front
of the store when employees may be distracted and
just shove a bunch of merchandise in, in the order
of maybe 80 to 100, 150 pairs of underwear," Patten
Patten said the woman may have help. "She is working
alone inside the stores; however, we don't believe
she's working alone," he said.
Police said they think they might have some leads as
to how the woman is converting the stolen items to
"We think she might be selling it out of her trunk,"
Patten said. "There's also some lower-level
unofficial-type stores that sell all kinds of
merchandise that she's probably getting rid of it
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to
call local police.
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