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ORC 9-5-13




More on the Middletown, Ohio ORC ring bust - With Denny Dansak, Kroger's Senior Corp. Mgr. of ORC educating the public  Middletown police recently broke up a multi-million dollar, regional shoplifting ring after a six-week investigation that spanned four counties and involved police agencies in 13 different jurisdictions. Police have arrested more than 60 men and women on more than 116 theft charges and other assorted felonies and misdemeanors. Dansak applauded the police agencies saying they “worked extremely well together” to bring down the theft ring. Once operations like this are completed, Dansak said, Kroger typically sees a “sharp decrease” in the number and value of the thefts. But eventually, he admitted, those thieves are replaced. There is a low chance of getting caught and a high reward,” said Dansak, who’s been in his position with Kroger for four years. “They can make a good living.” They need the cash to feed their drug addiction,” he said of the thieves, who steal every day, sometimes three or four times a day. He said the stolen items then are sold to “fences” for pennies on the dollar. Eventually, the items may end up at local flea markets or the Internet, he said. Dansak has toured the flea markets and seen products that he knows were stolen from Kroger, selling for less than 50 percent of the suggested retail price, or less than it costs Kroger to purchase the same product wholesale. He called them “professional thieves” who make their living steals from retail centers throughout the United States. He said one theft ring was caught with more 86,000 pair of Levis and another had skids of baby formula. The items eventually are distributed to “fences” who are doing business in neighboring cities or even states. To combat this, Kroger and other retail stores worked with Middletown police and surrounding agencies. Numerous times the stores gave police product to help them catch “fences” purchasing what they thought was stolen merchandise. (Source

ORC ex-con gets 2 1/2 years in prison and complains to the judge while two of his accomplices get prison too!  Part of a four man ORC gang, the suspect got caught before they could sell the electronics they had stolen from Best Buy last April in Springfield, ILL. After hearing the sentence the suspect said "How can you send me to DOC for retail theft?" Higgins asked Mays. "There are guys (in jail) with greater charges than this who get probation after probation." "This happens sometimes, Mr. Higgins," Mays answered. "I try to look at each case individually." He was found guilty of selling crack cocaine in Sangamon County in 2001 and spent just over seven years in federal prison. He also had one other felony conviction in 1999. He was one of four people who entered the store and left with laptop computers and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that night. Each of the four suspects allegedly stole one laptop computer. As a group, they collected 14 headphones. The electronics were valued at $6,933.96. The group was in the store for less than three minutes. A store employee and another witness saw a vehicle park next to the front door and leave with the suspects. The vehicle, which had Ohio license plates, was stopped by an Illinois State Police trooper in Pike County, and all the stolen items were recovered. He is the third person in the group to be sent to prison as a result of the incident. Starlette S. Higgins, 24, and Alexia I. Robinson, 22, were each sentenced to two years on retail theft convictions. Willisha S. Brown Joiner, 21, will be sentenced to probation later this month. She was the only person in the party who did not enter the store. Silva Harris, 30, is scheduled to enter a plea on Friday. (Source

Serial Shoplifter Steals Unusual Items From At Least 5 Kohl’s Stores in Ohio  Police say a man is caught on camera serial shoplifting from at least five different locations in one week in July. He is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in unusual items from Kohl’s stores. Police say high-end Dyson vacuum cleaners and Nike sneakers top his list. They say the same man stole from Kohl's stores in Westerville, Pickerington, Hilliard, Grove City and the store on Olentangy River Road. (Source

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Rex Gillette, VP Retail Sales, Protection 1.

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