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ORC 8-29-13




Five Women Connected to Global Theft Ring
in San Antonio - hits for $500,000

Five women accused of stealing more than half a million dollars worth of merchandise have been arrested in connection to an international theft ring that sold their loot on eBay. Authorities said the crime ring was working across the country and into Columbia, Canada, Mexico and Australia. According to an arrest affidavit, Emily Garcia and Cassandra Arena stole $700 worth of panties from one San Antonio Victoria's Secret store alone. Other stolen items include high-end products from Coach, Vera Bradley, Dooney & Bourke, Williams of Sonoma and Abercrombie & Fitch. The three other suspects arrested in San Antonio include Eva and Christian Salazar and Piedad Perez. All five have been charged with organized retail theft. When authorities raided their home earlier this week, they allegedly found a garage full of stolen items, including 230 pairs of Victoria's Secret lingerie and 60 bottles of Abercrombie & Fitch perfume. "Based on what we've seen already, they're probably smuggling these items out of the United States for retail sale in other parts of the world," said Vincent Iglio, of the Department of Homeland Security. The investigation is still ongoing and further arrests and seizures are expected. Another Homeland Security rep said they believe the five suspects arrested this week are "connected to a much larger international stolen property ring or organization."  (Source (Source (Source (Source (Source


Canadian ORC Gang

ORC Family busted in connection with $750,000 gift-card scam in Toronto, Canada  Three members of an Aurora family have been charged in connection with a $750,000 gift card fraud scam targeting major retailers across the Greater Toronto Area. York Regional Police say their investigation began in June 2013 after they received complaints from loss prevention officers that the family was using fraudulent cards to make large purchases. Investigators say the family allegedly used fake credit cards to buy gift cards at major retailers and then resold the items online. A search warrant was executed on July 18 at the family’s home where police seized merchandise, jewelry, cash and equipment used to manufacture fake IDs. Zeba Chaudhry, 49, Hasan Chaudhry, 21, and Waleed Chaudhry, 24, have been charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, use of credit card data and possession of credit card data. The value of the fraud may be higher as the investigation is ongoing. (Source

One person female ORC thief hitting Boston stores for over $100,000 - Police ask for help ID'ing her  Authorities on the North Shore hope the public can help them track down a woman possibly linked to more than $100,000 in thefts at area malls. Peabody Police issued the alert, but would not reveal which stores they targeted. However, WBZ was able to confirm through several employees at the Northshore Mall in Peabody the woman has been seen there. We took the story to the Retailers Association of Massachusetts which has 3,500 members statewide. (Source

Jamaican ORC gang hits West Towne Mall in Madison, Wis.
Three Jamaicans currently living in Wisconsin Dells were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing $560 worth of clothes from a West Towne Mall store. The trio was charged with party to the crime of retail theft, with one charged with resisting arrest, after he allegedly tried to run from police, but was tackled by a security guard. According to Madison police, the suspects were carrying empty bags from other retailers, including Aeropostale, H&M, Victoria's Secret and the Gap. "This is a common method suspects use to steal clothes, taking empty bags with logos and filling them in another store," an investigating officer said. (Source

UPDATE - ORC gang member of the Laurel County gang arrested yesterday in KY. after tip  A woman who police say is part of a gang of people who have been shoplifting from Dollar General and Walmart stores in the Laurel County area has been arrested. Cynthia V. Mullins, 45, of London is charged on two felony warrants for Theft By Unlawful Taking. Police say that acting on numerous tips and information received on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, phone calls, and personal contacts, and media news accounts, developed the lead needed to locate Mullins, who was being sought regarding a gang of individuals that was shoplifting large quantities of diapers, baby formula, and other items from area Dollar General stores and Walmart stores in Laurel County. (Source

Lexington police arrest two trying to steal thousands in electronics  
A Northpark Walmart employee called police around midnight, after he saw two men breaking into a case of computers. Police say the suspects tried to conceal several stolen computers by covering them in the shopping cart with stolen clothes. Police arrested Tommy Doyle Junior and Gerald Johnson outside the store. They say the two men got away with a similar theft two weeks ago. (Source

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