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ORC 3-19-14




Florida 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." (Source

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." (Source

Riverbank 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. (Source

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

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