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ORC 3-31-14



Polk County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime Detectives Arrest Lake Wales Career Thief  Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime detectives arrested 31-year-old Henry Earl Sanders, 203 West Orange Avenue, Lake Wales, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, and charged him with Felony Retail Theft. After Sanders initial arrest however, other area law enforcement agencies linked Sanders to several cases and added 2 counts of Credit Card Fraud, and Burglary of Conveyance to his charges. On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Sanders walked into the Wal-Mart Winter Haven, selected a blue Florida Gators tote bag, and then proceeded to the baby section of the store where he loaded the bag with infant clothing concealing it in the tote bag. All of this was caught on surveillance cameras. (Source

St. Paul's Police Department's ORC Unit 'outside-the-box' charges nail organized retail thieves - Burglary charges  A man walks into a St. Paul grocery store, loads up a cart with four large jugs of laundry detergent and wheels them out the front door without paying. The process takes less than four minutes. Police say the 50-year-old caught on store surveillance cameras in the Midway area is a professional shoplifter who has an "almost daily routine of boosting merchandise from retail stores," according to a police report. While police had several theft cases against Kelvin Dewayne Byrd of St. Paul, the value of the items stolen wasn't enough to charge him with felony theft under state law (it has to be at least $1,000), said Sgt. Charlie Anderson, who heads the St. Paul Police Department's Organized Retail Crime Unit, which he started last year. Instead, Anderson worked with prosecutors to take a different tack, charging Byrd with felony burglary. When Byrd was caught shoplifting, stores had issued "trespass" notices to him, which banned him from returning for one year. But because police say Byrd kept going back in the buildings without permission and stealing items, he was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary. The maximum sentence for that offense is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The charge is "outside the box ... it's creative," Anderson said, but, he added, Byrd's offenses fit the burglary statute. It's a strategy of the ORC unit to be tough on "egregious, brazen, repeat" offenders who are tied to organized retail theft, Anderson said. (Source

Gibsonville, N.C., store owner accused of shoplifting, reselling merchandise
The owner of a Gibsonville store was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and reselling items from another store. Police allege Smith took merchandise from a Hobby Lobby in Greensboro and resold them at her store, as well as on eBay. (Source

Woman with 11 larceny convictions arrested again in Hickory, NC
A Newton woman with 11 prior larceny convictions was arrested again for larceny Thursday afternoon, police said. Officers were called by loss prevention staff at Sears in Valley Hills Mall in reference to a woman in their custody who shop lifted, Aleia Burwell with the Hickory Police Department said. Loss prevention told police the woman was seen concealing fragrances valued at $104 in her purse. the suspect’s previous larceny convictions include nine in Catawba County, one in Iredell County and one in Lincoln County. (Source


ORC 3-31-14
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