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Canadian Push 9-20-13


Roma Gypsy Crew hits Toronto retailers again for over $700,000 with EAS jammers - The actual story began back in 2011 and now another crew gets busted in the GTA The Canadian Border Services Agency is asleep at the wheel allowing more than 400 alleged Roma gypsies - many of whom have extensive criminal records - into the country and specifically the GTA, critics say. Last September 2012, the Durham Regional Police Service confirmed they had arrested 34 people Roma Gyspy's and laid 263 charges in the largest investigation of its kind in the region. And even in the fall of 2011, when police noticed that people were committing distraction-style thefts and fraud and started Project Mansfield. Police busted one Roma fraud crew, but they say there are a least six other crews stealing millions from stores and vulnerable people. The Roma involved in Project Mansfield collected $2 million from support programs since January on 2012 and police seized $85,000 in stolen merchandise last fall. They have also identified over $1 million in suspicious wire transactions overseas last year as well. And in January of this year, retail ORC teams started an investigation and this past May busted another Roma grew hitting at least 6 stores of one retailer alone and various other retailers as well, for over $700,000. The police arrested the crew at a traffic stop. The ORC team found a radio frequency jammer, pictured below, that was used to jam the EAS pedestals when they were exiting stores so they wouldn't sound off. The female suspects of the crew used "booster skirts" to conceal merchandise. The pair is part of a growing number of Roma gypsies committing similar styled thefts all over the country. Editors Note: We'd like to thank the LP executives, Andrew G specifically, who submitted this to us and applaud their teams efforts. Keep up the good work! (Source

2 more smash-and-grabs at GTA stores - $100K in merchandise stolen from Yorkville Prada store  Toronto is getting hammered with smash and grabs. There's been three in the last few days. Toronto-area police have responded to three late-night smash-and-grab thefts at retail stores over past 24 hours, with vehicles used as a battering ram in two of the thefts. At about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, Peel Police responded to a smash-and-grab at Riders Choice motorcycle shop, located at the corner of Dixie Road and the Queensway. About 90 minutes later, Toronto police responded to a similar theft attempt at the Prada store on Bloor Street in Yorkville. There thieves broke the front glass door and made off with merchandise, including a number of handbags worth $2,000 each. Store staff estimate the total value of stolen merchandise to be about $100,000. (Source (Source

Truck smashes into mall in botched robbery at Sherwood Gardens  Would-be thieves drove off empty-handed in a botched smash-and-grab at Sherway Gardens that left the popular mall with "hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage”. The wannabe bandits smashed a stolen pickup truck through the front glass doors on the exterior of the mall adjacent to a Sporting Life store just after midnight Tuesday. The suspects ditched the truck and fled in a waiting vehicle. Police have not said how much merchandise was taken. (Source

Saskatoon Police arrest two suspected of credit fraud and Pin Pad thefts.  Two Vancouver men face dozens of charges in connection with fraud and the theft of pin pads. The men, ages 33 and 54, were arrested in August and police have so far laid a total of 142 charges, 71 each against each of the men. The face numerous counts of forged credit cards, theft of credit cards and possessing identity documents in addition to one count each for having equipment used in the forging of credit cards. The men were arrested Aug. 22 when a Saskatoon police officer recognized a van that matched a description issued in July by the Brandon Police Service in connection with stolen pin pads in Manitoba. A number of pin pad machines and credit cards were discovered in the van, all of them believed to have been stolen. Saskatoon police are working with police from across Canada -- including Regina, Brandon and Winnipeg -- and say more charges are expected. (Source

Calgary Police arrest a two men accused of operating a high tech identity fraud ring.  The two suspect face over 100 charges for manufacturing fake checks, birth certificates and driver’s licenses. Police believe they are the best counterfeit documents they have ever seen. The documents were being sold on line. (Source

Canada Post launching same-day delivery for online orders in Toronto
Four major retail brands and Canada Post are launching a same-day delivery service for online orders in the Toronto area. The Delivered Tonight e-commerce service is a pilot project with Best Buy, Future Shop, Indigo and Wal-Mart. Just like in the States Canada is moving towards the same retail models as well. With Amazon announcing they'll sell toys this holiday season online and outlet shopping centers popping up, Canada is beginning to look more and more like the states. (Source

Canada's book seller Indigo (Chapters) introduces their first store within a store format - feeling the same pain their counterparts in the States are feeling, they're betting the bank on new "Tech" shop  Indigo Books & Music Inc. has rolled out the first phase of its store-within-store concept called Indigo Tech that carries personal technology products from Apple and other lifestyle-focused brands. After opening a pilot location in Toronto earlier this summer, Indigo introduced the new concept – which expands its tech offering beyond small booths and kiosks to a branded department – to eleven of its stores in the lastfew weeks. The retailer hopes to have Indigo Tech within 40-44 of its stores by the end of the year. In addition to Apple products such as the iPod Touch, iPad, iPad Mini and Apple TV, Indigo Tech offers health and wellness gadgets like Fitbit Zip, wireless speakers, headphones and even baby monitors. Indigo operates under several banners including Indigo Books, Chapters, the World’s Biggest Bookstore and Coles. Editor's Note: Well in this new world either you reinvent or you parish. (Source

Hells Angels biker gang opens retail store in Toronto  The Hells Angels have opened a retail store in Toronto’s east end, blocks away from the site of their downtown clubhouse that was smashed by police nearly six years ago. The walk-in store, located in the Leslieville neighborhood, sells a range of merchandise including baseball caps, men's T-shirts and even women’s yoga pants. The merchandise, which can also be ordered online, features slogans such as "When in doubt, knock’em out!." In April 2007, Toronto police smashed through the brick wall of the biker gang’s clubhouse. The raid was publicly orchestrated to send a "clear" message to individuals who choose a criminal lifestyle, Toronto police said at the time. (Source

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