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ORC 3-18-14




ORC Gas theft gone bad - leaves three people badly burned in Metro Vancouver - part of recent string of thefts  Delta police are examining the remains of a motorhome with a trap door and equipped with siphoning gear that was used early Saturday morning in an attempt to steal hundreds of liters of gasoline from storage tanks at a Delta service station. The botched heist is the most recent in a spate of dangerous gasoline thefts across Metro Vancouver that police say have become commonplace against a backdrop of high and rising gas prices. The thieves’ cunning-but-failed scheme came to an abrupt end when an explosion rocked the Petro Canada gas station at 10240 River Rd., at about 3 a.m., injuring two men and a woman. Delta police officer Sgt. Sarah Swallow said the two men who were found by emergency personnel outside the motorhome are in hospital in critical condition after suffering extensive burns. The woman fled the scene, but was later found in New Westminster where she was treated for injuries. Swallow said the three suspects, who have not been publicly identified, drove the motorhome over plates that cover the in-ground fuel lines to storage tanks located at the side of the service station. She said a trap door in the floor of the motor home was positioned over the fill-up points, then the thieves unscrewed a cover plate so they could pump gas out of a tank into a large plastic storage tank inside the motor home. The trio were in the process of removing gasoline when the fuel ignited, causing the explosion. Swallow said the suspects were known to police for stealing gasoline. The method may signal a departure from a previous pattern that had thieves using stolen credit cards to fill up custom-built tanks in vans capable of holding up to 1,000 liters — often going to a number of different service stations to avoid detection. (Source

Gaston, N.C. 5 member family busted selling stolen merchandise at local flea market - charged with ORC - hitting CVS-Walgreens & Rite Aid  According to arrest warrants, family members conspired with each other and confidential informants to commit organized retail theft on 10 occasions. Melinda Walker and her co-conspirators received $13,348.70 worth of stolen goods that belonged to CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Search warrants were executed last week at Walker’s house at 815 N. Oakland St. in Dallas. A slew of Gaston County Sheriff’s officers assisted Gastonia police in conducting the search. A rental truck sat in front of her home, half filled with boxes. (Source

Master key gave 3 burglary suspects access to Walmart stores across Florida’s Treasure Coast  On March 15, 2014, at 2:45 am, Stuart Police received a call from Walmart security reporting a theft. Upon arrival, Officers observed a male running in the parking lot while being chased by store security personnel. Stuart Police k-9 Officer Cody was deployed and apprehended one suspect with over $1300.00 worth of I Phone cases. Also discovered was an anti-shoplifting device removal tool in his pockets, along with unused Walmart plastic bags. Security camera footage showed that 3 suspects entered the store. When officers located the vehicle the three men traveled in, they discovered a set of keys next to the vehicle. One of the keys was a master lock for secure areas of all Walmart stores. The three are also suspects in Walmart thefts throughout the Treasure Coast. (Source

Police in Wisconsin make bust in television-for-heroin theft ring  Mukwonago police said a crime spree involving televisions was fueling a heroin habit. Officer Chris DeMotto said the department was called to the same Walmart twice in three days for nearly identical thefts. "He would talk on his cellphone, select some items from the electronics department -- in this case a TV the first time, two TVs the second time -- and go out an emergency exit," he said. Pewaukee police helped put the pieces together and arrested the accused ringleader, 23-year-old Ricardo Ocanas of Milwaukee. "We found out the items were being sold or traded for heroin," DeMotto said. At least eight communities including Greenfield, Fond du Lac, New Berlin, Burlington, Muskego, Pewaukee, Hartford and Milwaukee were involved in this robbery ring. (Source

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