Canada ORC investigators bust $200,000 gypsy ORC gang in Toronto Last
Sunday Toronto police, with TJX investigators leading the investigation executed
search warrants at three homes to arrests three suspects for stealing
approximately $200,000 worth of electronics and clothing over the last seven
months. Upon executing the warrants police recovered an estimated $100,000 worth
of retail merchandise. Two men and one woman were arrested. The three had been
hitting stores for over seven months and TJX ORC investigators helped police
capture and stop this ORC gang. There's more people in the gang and the
investigation is continuing. More news, details, and a video will be released
exclusively on the Daily next week. Congratulations to the TJX team - job well
An Inside Look at the Arrest Warrant
of 'Operation OTC' Florida's ORC Gang
"$15M FL ORC Ring Busted - Exclusive Details"
The Arrest Warrant presented yesterday by Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami –
Dade State Attorney is 235 pages long, remember that before you quickly hit the
‘print’ button on the
pdf. We at the D&D Daily would like to thank members of the Miami-Dade State
Attorney’s Office for documents and insight into this monumental Organized
Retail Crime case. A number of Loss Prevention Organized Retail Crime
Investigators are named in this Arrest Warrant, and we want to give them a
special thanks for their diligence and dedication in following this case to the
The OTC ‘Over the Counter’ Gang was made up of Boosters, First and Second Stage
Fences, a Ringleader of theft operations and 2 Buyer/ Distributers. The
operation of the OTC Gang was under investigation for the last year. The OTC
Gang focused on over the counter medications, diabetic test strips, razor blades
and other health and beauty supplies. 16 of the 23 current suspects have been
arrested. The State Attorney’s Office has charged the group with R.I.C.O
charges. R.I.C.O*. is normally reserved for Federal cases; this is the first
time used in a state case in Florida.
Retailers named as targets by Boosters in this case: CVS, Walgreens, Publix,
Whole Foods, Apple Store, West Marine, Walmart, Navarro’s Pharmacy, Milam’s
Supermarket, Winn Dixie and various Department Stores. Average hit per store was
nearly $1000, lowest being $75 and the highest over $5000. Boosters hit several
stores per day almost on schedule.
The Boosters: 13 members of the OTC Gang are list in the Arrest Warrant as
“Boosters”. Of the 13 boosters, 6 remain at large. The Boosters ranged in
age from 19 to 59 years old, 10 males and 3 females. Two Boosters are husband
and wife and responsible for hitting stores in at least 8 counties in Florida.
Two others are father and son. One booster had a Medeco key which opened
security cases at Walgreens. Aluminum foil stolen from within the store was used
to wrap the stolen goods to defeat the electronic article surveillance systems.
Boosters used a clear reflective tape to make it impossible to read the last
digits of their license plates. One of the top Boosters hit CVS, Walgreens and
Publix 29 times between 6/11/2013 and 10/13/2013 for over $33,000. Boosters were
making 15 to 20% of the retail value of the product and were asked to have a
categorized inventory sheet completed in exchange for payment.
Howard Seth Katz, ringleader of a majority of the Booster operation,
and Owner of Interstate Discount Enterprise, based in Miami.
Howard Seth Katz is currently being held on a $5.5 Million bond
Katz purchased all the items from the boosters with checks, keeping
transactions under $10,000.01 so not to trigger IRS and Bank
Katz shipped the stolen product direct to Best Buy Trading, Jaman
Sales Co. (Owned by Katz father and brother) & Newport Trading in
New York, selling the remainder of his goods to Abel Salk and David
Cohen who also had buyers set up. Between January 29, 2010 and
December 31, 2013 Katz sold $4,568,733.98 in stolen merchandise.
Abel Salk, Buyer/ Distributer and Owner of PAFCO Distributors, Inc
and Pan Amco Finance based in Miami.
Investigators have transactions of shipments between PAFCO and 11
other companies purchasing stolen goods dating back to December
2011. Total sales reflect $3,001,349.99. Records also reflect that
PAFCO paid out to it suppliers (Katz’s Interstate Discount
Enterprise and others) $1,676,798.44.
David Cohen, Buyer/ Distributer and Owner of Port Lyn; his home is
in Pembroke Pines, FL.
All of the transactions between Cohen and Katz occurred in parking
lots or gas stations. Merchandise was simply transferred from
vehicle to vehicle and closed with a check. Bank records indicate
from January 2012 and December 31,2013, Cohen sold goods to 15
different companies, total sales of $5,212,381.32. Bank transactions
between Cohen and Katz were only $336,198.25.
Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is a group of
federal laws passed by the United States Congress in 1970 to deal with organized
racketeering activity. As a product of two sets of Congressional hearings that
took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the act's main focus was on
measures that would be prohibitive to gambling organizations. A convicted
defendant may be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison for each
racketeering count and/or fined up to $250,000 US Dollars. In addition, the
defendant forfeits all rights over the enterprise and any gains derived from the
For complete details on this major ORC bust, read the 235-page arrest warrant
from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office
4 member Credit card gang hitting stores in D'Iberville, Ala. - on the loose
Police say on March 25, 2013, the victim reported that credit cards had been
stolen from Ocean Springs and used at Target, Ulta, and Office Depot in the City
of D’Iberville. After further review, it was discovered four suspects used the
stolen credit cards at the locations. (Source
Duo arrested stealing 3 TVs in Hillsdale, Mich. from Walmart According
to court documents the pair is accused of stealing three TVs and socks from the
store worth $1,574.78. The duo was also found to be in possession of less than
25 grams of heroin and cocaine, which was found inside the duo’s vehicle.
Police probe theft of $500,000 cognac container in Rosedale, Md.