Gary Giordano was the center of an ORC theft operation in Montgomery County 8
years ago before he became the center of the murder case
disappearance of Frederick, MD's Robyn Gardner in Aruba. While operating the
ORC ring, he would "boldly load his cart at Target stores in the area and roll
right out the front door, sometimes returning to do it all again the same day."
His brush with the law in Montgomery County began back in 2003 at a Target in
Germantown when he was busted shoplifting electronics on the surveillance
cameras. Cops say he later sold the stolen gaming systems and DVD players on the
internet. Giordano was eventually convicted on theft charges in Montgomery and
Frederick Counties, although he dodged a bullet with suspended sentences. As to
whether Giordano will be as lucky in this latest case, the detective who knew
him before the national news doesn't want to say. Hill explains, "I'd rather
keep that to myself." (Source
Last week's Phoenix ORC bust was a result of collaborative
Valley police work between Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa police departments.
underscores our combined commitment to root out organized retail crime in our
community and protect hard-working business owners and the customers they
serve," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said. The shoplifting crews
sometimes hit shopping centers up to five times a week, targeting malls such as
Desert Ridge Marketplace, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Outlets at Anthem, Chandler
Fashion Center, SanTan Village Mall, Desert Sky Mall and Arrowhead Towne Center.
In the recent bust, crews of two to five
shoplifters would enter various malls as a group and target certain stores that
did not have significant video surveillance and were easy to get in and out of
quickly. They would stage the clothes in a store before the act of shoplifting
so as to get various sizes, colors or styles of an item, and to obtain anything
they personally wanted, authorities said. Usually, the shoplifters had
department store bags hidden on them, or they would walk in carrying their own
large bags. They would act quickly, placing merchandise in their bags once
inside the store. They would then walk out of the store, usually handing the bag
of stolen items to a co-conspirator who sometimes would hand the bag to another
accomplice waiting outside. After leaving the store, they would drop the stolen
merchandise in their car, go back into the mall and do the same thing at another
store, targeting several malls the same day. This organization had multiple
shoplifting crews at several malls at one time. On average, investigators
estimate that each time the crews went into a store, that store lost at least
$1,500 worth of merchandise, which was then resold among the shoplifters' buyers
for a flat rate, such as $5 per T-shirt or $10 for jeans.
ORC ring leader identified that's been hitting stores in
three South Jersey counties in recent months.
Frank Zaveckas, 36, is wanted on a robbery
charge stemming from an Aug. 12 incident at a Kmart store in Gloucester, New
Jersey. He allegedly assaulted a store loss prevention officer while attempting
to steal a 32 inch television set. The investigation is ongoing.