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ORC 3-25-14



8 arrested in theft gang that took $3 million in 'high-ticket' & O-T-C cargo earmarked for Walgreens, from train cars in Chicago area & northwest Indiana - dozen more suspects wanted  Eight people from Indiana have been arrested for allegedly stealing computer equipment, TVs and over-the-counter medication from freight trains in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana, officials said today. In addition to the rail thefts, the eight-month investigation also uncovered an auto theft ring that stole at least 18 vehicles and two motorcycles valued at $291,000, said Lake County, Ind., Sheriff John Buncich. In total, authorities have recovered $2.8 million in stolen cargo and automobiles, he said. These guys really had an operation going," he said. Authorities have issued warrants for about a dozen more individuals from the Chicago area and Indiana in connection with the thefts, Buncich added. After a rash of thefts from freight cars, authorities eight months ago began investigating and found individuals stealing from rail cars stopped overnight or for a brief period of time. The thieves targeted "high-ticket items" that they could move easily, such as televisions, computer equipment and more than $1 million in over-the-counter medication, like Tylenol and Rolaids, earmarked for Walgreens, said Buncich. Afterward, the thieves sold the goods online and at Chicago storefronts, Buncich said. Firearms were also recovered during the investigation, he added. (Source

Two men busted with hundreds of stolen credit cards buying gift card at Office Depot in Billings, MT.  According to court records, the men were arrested March 15 after an employee at the Office Depot in the Heights called police. The employee said an Asian male in his 20s had attempted to buy Visa gift cards, asking whether he could make the purchase with cash or credit. When told that card had to be purchased with cash, the man then chose four other types of gift cards and said he wanted to put $500 on each using a credit card. The first two purchases made on a credit card were declined. The employee said he asked the man for identification, and he provided a Florida's driver's license. The man then tried a second credit card, which was also declined and the employee said the transaction showed the card had been reported stolen. The employee called police, then followed the man out of the store and watched him leave in a black GMC Acadia and park at the nearby Target store. During a search of Liu, officers said they found a large plastic shopping bag with 250 to 300 credit cards in his jacket pocket. Both men were arrested. (Source

Yesterday's ORC female designer purse thief identified as a suspect in same type case dating back two years 
Laura Anne Pochmara, 37, who is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property over $1,000 and organized retail crime — as well as first-degree retail fraud — tied to a recent theft of around $2,200 in Vera Bradley purses from the Nana’s Niche and Corner store in Milford, could soon face charges as detectives have tied her to a 2012 shoplifting case at a Saline boutique called Pineapple House. (Source

Carlisle, PA., man hits Target stores, Walmart and Aaron rents gets busted
Stealing electronics and hitting these stores on numerous occasions he's now facing charges from several police agencies. (Source

Two men wanted for several retail thefts - one with two prior felony warrants for retail theft in Silver Spring TWP., PA.

Two men hit Walmart store for $10k in tablets in Marion, IL


"I-Device" ORC Gang Wanted for $45k in Theft at 22 GameStop Stores

This group is responsible for hitting 16 stores between February and March, causing loss of $25,118. In total we suspect they're responsible for over 45k in loss among multiple states - including IL, MO, IN, IA, NE, and KY. Description: Hispanic group consisting of men and women ranging in age from late 20s to late 30s. MO: A Group of 3 or 4 suspects enter the store separately. The “distraction team” and the “theft team”. The distraction team enters in as a single or a group of 2 followed by the second team which heads straight to the I-Device cabinets. The first team acts as a distraction to the associate(s), moving them far away from consumer electronics display cases, while the second team steals the I-Devices that are kept locked in the cases. The second team uses a criminal tool to pick and compromise the cabinet lock rendering it useless. With the doors opened, the team steals as much I-Device product as they can, placing it in a large bag or purse. Remaining members of the group will then move in to steal tablets and phones. Suspects will quickly exit individually. Where have they been? The crew is believed to have started in the Chicago market as far back as December 2012 and then resurfaced there again in February and December of 2013. In 2014, the group is suspected of resurfacing on: Feb 7 in Iowa; Feb 27 in St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City MO; on March 1 in Omaha NE; on March 14 and 15 in Indianapolis IN, and then Louisville KY. We are looking to identify the suspects. If anyone has similar experiences with these suspects please contact Gamestop RLPM John Schroeder at 513-464-7806 or at


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