Michigan Retailers Association names ORC bill author State
Representative Joseph Graves "Legislator of the Year"
The Michigan Retailers Association spearheaded getting the
law passed last year to fill a gap that existed between the
petty thefts of single items and the more sophisticated
criminals who are looking to make a profit, according to
William Hallan, vice president for governmental affairs and
general counsel. These aren’t opportunistic criminals who
steal a pack of gum,” Hallan said. “There is a whole network
of individuals involved in this organized crime.” Hallan
sits on the statute-mandated Organized Retail Crime Advisory
Board along with representatives from the State Attorney
General’s Office, State Police and county prosecutors. The
board is tasked by Gov. Rick Snyder to monitor the
effectiveness of the new law over time. He said there is
more to the law than just protecting businesses and
consumers from monetary loss. He said one of the main
targets of resellers is baby formula and prescription drugs,
which can become spoiled or tainted if stored
inappropriately or carelessly repackaged. Hallan said the
organized criminals also tend to be more aggressive and
willing to resort to violence. Michigan’s law was sponsored
by Genesee County State Rep. Joseph Graves, whose wife was a
manager at Meijer. The law passed handily, moving to the
desk of the governor and took effect March 31st.
hit Greenville Walmart for over $2000 in batteries and
A man and a woman
were observed at 11:55pm filling a shopping cart with
merchandise. The same couple was later observed rolling
the same cart out the door with out paying. The items
stolen include 173 packs of batteries, four bras,
various candies and 25 cigarette lighters. The suspects
were caught on video, but managed to escape.
Two more Felony Lane Gang members arrested for
The Felony Lane gang has earned the name
because they steal checks and id’s from victims anywhere
they can, then attempt to cash the fraudulent checks at
the bank’s drive up lane. Two suspected member of the
gang from Florida were arrested in Rockford, Michigan on
Monday. Investigators also found checks, credit cards,
and identification for 13 people from the area.
Alton Police arrest
two after a chase from Kmart
using a wire to extract earring from a locked jewelry
display are believed to have hit several stores in the
St. Louis area. The couple was observed in the Alton
Kmart using the wire to steal 2 pairs of gold earrings.
When approached by Loss Prevention in the parking lot,
they took off. A Police chase began with Alton P.D. and
ended with a traffic stop in Granite City. The two
suspects were charged with $1250 in merchandise.
Derry Township Police looking into the same possible
suspects from Coach and Bon Ton crimes
working with Loss Prevention of Bon Ton to review the
attempted theft of 16 purses form there store at Park
City Center last Friday. The male and female suspects
grabbed 16 purses and ran toward the exit. When Loss
prevention officers chased them outside, the two
suspects tripped and dropped the purses, jumped into
their car and fled.
Two additional suspects identified in Silver Spring
Police in Silver Springs, Pennsylvania have
identified two additional suspects in a retail theft
incident Wednesday at the Mechanicsburg Walmart. Theft
charges were pending against Dustin Dilodovico, of
Duncannon, and Robert Kraft, of Newport, according to
Silver Spring Township. Police said they previously
arrested 21-year-old Sebastian A. Klinger, also of
Newport, after he fled from the store Wednesday
afternoon but was found hiding in a nearby field.
Klinger, who is on probation, was to be charged with
retail theft, attempt theft and conspiracy.
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