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ACTIVE = ORC Ring operating in Prince George County, MD

Stealing thousands of dollars every time they hit at Bowie, MD Safeway Store

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BOWIE, Md. (WUSA) -- You've heard of criminals who steal electronics and then resell them, but what about criminals who steal everyday household items? It's happening in Prince George's County where police say an organized shoplifting ring has been operating for the last several months.

Police have released security camera footage of four suspects, three men and one woman, who are believed to have stolen up to $9,000 worth of merchandise from a Safeway in Bowie.

"Apparently they've been doing this for several months," said Cpl. Henry Tippett with Prince George's County Police. "They're pretty organized at scoping out the store, realizing when there's not a lot of employees in the store, kind of distracting employees , and just walking out with thousands of dollars of merchandise at a time."

The shoplifters are stealing all sorts of everyday household items, especially more expensive products like diapers and laundry detergent. The big question now is what do they do with it once they've stolen it?

"That's something we're trying to figure out. We don't know if they're attempting to pawn this? We're working with local pawn shops. Maybe they're trying to sell it on the aftermarket to get the cash for it? We just don't know at this point," said Cpl. Tippett.

Anyone with information about this case or the identity of the suspects is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Special Enforcement Division/Organized Retail Crime Unit at (301) 699-2941.  (Source:

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