sheriff's office awarded for proactive stance combating retail theft
Sheriff Grady Judd and the Polk County, Fla., sheriff's office were awarded for
a firm and proactive stance in the war against shoplifting. The Florida Retail
Federation presented Sheriff Judd a handsomely-inscribed plaque honoring the
Polk County law enforcement agency and its cadre of deputies for a consistent
and unwavering program dedicated to defraying the enormous costs stemming from
retail theft. The plaque inscription recognizes how the Polk County law
enforcement deputies went after and brought down several large-scale and highly
-organized retail theft syndicates. Sheriff Judd and his law enforcement
deputies have proactively enforced retail theft statutes, not merely looking at
it as a mere misdemeanor but the tremendous scourge which costs consumers more
at the cash registers. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd summed it up well when he
said the following in a sheriff's office press release after receiving the award
on March 12, 2014: “Retail theft is a crime which costs retailers thousands of
dollars each year, ultimately costing consumers more for merchandise. The
partnership between retailers and law enforcement is important for Polk County
businesses and for our residents. We are working together to make thieves
accountable for their crimes.” (Source
U.S. Attorney's and Dir of FBI call for same model as
ORC groups use to fight cyber crime
Over the last two months the U.S. Attorney General's office and the new Director
of the FBI have called for more real-time collaboration with the public sector
in the IT Security world and are asking for more information sharing in an
environment where corporate America is rather reluctant to share, Obviously
looking to duplicate what all the ORC models around the country have been
successfully practicing for a number of years now. It's a great testimony to all
the LP executives and law enforcement executives that have led the way in this
effort. It certainly would help if a few of the retail ORC leaders could help
with the effort and meet with your IT Security teams and help them with the
introductions. Just a thought.
EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Gaston, N.C. ORC family flea
market fencing operation bust - Investigators recover $130k in stolen
merchandise and seize 12 vehicles with 6 arrests
Reported in yesterday's Daily the investigation involved all three drug store
chains and the five member family had been committing ORC on at least 10
different occasions and had been selling the merchandise at a local flea market.
Calgary family of five busted in $56k Home Depot ID theft ring involving credit
cards and gift cards The family members, ranging in age from 27 and
52, face a total of 114 charges including money laundering and identity fraud.
Calgary police announced the charges on Tuesday, saying there were 19 victims of
identity theft involved in a fraud worth about $56,000. The suspects allegedly
took personal identification from parked vehicles in Calgary. "Suspects would
use personal identification information stolen from parked vehicles and use it
to apply online for Home Depot credit cards," police said. "These credit cards
were then used to purchase Home Depot gift cards at locations in Calgary,
Edmonton, Red Deer, Airdrie, Okotoks and Cranbrook, B.C. These fraudulently
purchased gift cards were then sold through online sites at a discounted price."
Houston ORC thief gets 8 yrs. in prison for running "sophisticated operation"
Lang and another man were able to get away with 21 tablet computers they carried
out in a stolen cooler, along with a fishing rod, from a Wal-Mart in Bryan, TX.
When questioned by police, Lang admitted to taking part in at least two other
Wal-Mart thefts and currently has pending charges for the same crime in two
other counties. This was not an isolated incident, but rather a sophisticated
operation targeting Wal-Marts all over this area of Texas," Brick said. "The
defendant is now paying the price for choosing to steal instead of making an
honest living like the rest of the citizens in this community."
couple arrested in 'extensive identity theft scheme' that started at Kohl's on
Dec. 11th. in Modesto, Ca. - 100 fake cards found Modesto police
investigation started with the arrest of Jeremy Lapachet, 39, of Riverbank at a
Kohl’s department store Dec. 11. “During this initial contact, officers located
items indicating Lapachet was involved in making false identifications,
manufacturing credit cards and stealing identities.” On Feb 11 a search warrant
revealed 100 fake credit cards and identification cards. Police found and
arrested Carol Lapachet on March 5 and her husband the following day.
Multi-state ORC ring busted with one member ramming squad car and hitting
officer in getaway from South Park Mall in Moline, IA.
Two ORC suspects hit Berea Wal-Mart in Lexington, Ky., for Prilosec & Allegra