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Eastern European gangs operating "shoplifting tourism" rackets are hitting Ireland's retailers  Traders have now resorted to special radio networks where all store security guards can be warned if teams of shoplifters are targeting specific urban areas.  The revelation came as it emerged that shoplifting and store break-ins are now adding up to 10pc to the annual operating cost of most retailers.  Gardai have launched Operation Aughrim in a bid to crack down on organised shoplifting, particularly by foreign gangs.  But the thieves operate for less than an hour in targeted cities and towns before fleeing with their takings, making interception difficult.  Gardai are focused on Romanian, Ukrainian, Latvian and Bulgarian gangs.  Three gangs based in Dublin, Mullingar and Kildare fly in specialist shoplifters, who are unknown to Irish security personnel, for blitzes of high streets and shopping centres. (Source

Pair used cloned credit cards, had cloning machine and stolen numbers - used up and down east coast  A man and a woman flew from New York to the Tampa Bay area to commit fraud using cloned credit cards, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. The pair had already made fraudulent purchases before detectives found the tools they were using. Deputies caught up with the pair at the Burlington Coat Factory in Sarasota. More than 50 credit cards and $3,000 in gift cards were found in their rental car. Investigators learned the two used cloned credit cards to buy gift cards on Tuesday at a half-dozen stores from Zephyrhills to Port Charlotte. (Source (Source

Two suspects dressed up like golf club members hit golf courses stealing credit cards and head to retailers buying gift cards up and down east coast - busted in Elizabeth, N.J.  Two suspects have been apprehended in a string of burglaries at East Coast golf clubs. In most instances, credit cards and valuables stolen from unlocked lockers at golf courses from Florida to Connecticut, including Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Investigators said that credit cards stolen from the Baltusrol lockers were used to buy $8,000 in gift cards at multiple stores in Union County. However, when the suspects tried to purchase $8,000 in gift cards from a nearby Target, one of the cards was flagged as suspicious, and the suspects fled the store. Police recognized the pair from the Baltusrol video and apprehended them. (Source

ORC duo hitting retailers in Hillsborough and Burlington, N.C. - one arrested and one on the loose  Investigators with the Hillsborough Police Department believe the pair was behind a series of laptop computer thefts from Wal-Mart in Hillsborough, as well as other larcenies at Burlington retail stores, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and AT&T, according to said Detective S. Bilsky. Hillsborough police said Nicholas Taylor Smith, 23, of 3345 Pond Road in Burlington, was charged by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday with three counts of larceny from a merchant/organized retail theft and resist, delay or obstruct. Still wanted in connection with the larcenies is Randy Philip Ling, 25, also of Pond Road. (Source

"Serial shoplifters" hitting Orlando Premium Outlets - Police want public's help  Investigators are seeking the public's help in identifying a pair of suspected serial shoplifters who made off with almost $600 in clothes from an International Drive store, the Orlando Police Department said. According to a police report, the two men stole from the Guess store at Orlando Premium Outlets on at least two separate occasions. The report estimates they stole about 30 shirts, at a value of $599.70. "It is suspected that these two suspects are committing similar crimes in the area," police Sgt. Jim Young. (Source

Durham Target store nabbed ORC thief who targeted Barnes and Noble and Kroger.  Krystal Allen plead guilty to Organized Retail theft and conspiracy to commit felonious larceny, she will face the next 9 to 20 months in prison. Allen and another woman are believed to have stolen DVDs, CDs and video games from Target, Barnes and Noble and Kroger. Allen has a list of prior criminal charges and convictions. (Source

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