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ORC 4-9-14




New York & New Jersey Metro Area ORCA Announced

On April 7th 2014 New York City Police Department announced intentions to create an Organized Retail Crime Association (ORCA) group for Retail and Law Enforcement in the NY/NJ Metro Area. The meeting took place at 1 Police Plaza and was attended by over 100 members of area law enforcement, prosecutors, retail loss prevention investigators, and banking security. Some of the agencies included the FBI, Woodbury PD, Clarkstown PD, Wayne, NJ PD, Nassau County PD, NY State Police, Amtrack PD, US Secret Service, Westchester PD, Yonkers PD, MTA PD, Paramus PD, Suffolk County PD, PA of NY/NJ, Hudson County PD, NJ Transit, US Postal Inspection, NYPD, and Manhattan/Queens/Bronx/Brooklyn/Westchester DA's office. The retailers that attended were Rite Aid Pharmacy, CVS, Walgreens, Home Depot, Walmart, DSW, Target, Limited Brands, JC Penney, Macys, Jewelers Security Alliance, Amex, and MG Security.

The meeting opened with an introduction by the Commissioner's Office followed by a presentation facilitated by Kent Oda, retired LAPD and Co-Chair of LAAORCA and George Torres, CVS ORC Investigator and Co-Chair of LAAORCA, highlighting the success of LAAORCA and what an ORCA group could achieve in the NYC Metro area.

After the introduction and presentation the floor was opened for question and answers from NYPD and retailers. The meeting was coordinated by NYPD Sgt. Tarik Sheppard. Sgt. Sheppard gave a brief outline of how he envisions the group coming together and functioning. He urged retailers and law enforcement to get involved now. A tentative website release date was set for September 1st 2014. Retailers, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Bank Security, and others are encouraged to join and spread the word. All inquiries can be directed to Sgt. Tarik Sheppard, NYPD Office of the Commissioner. His email is

Utah Highway Patrol stop leads to shoplifting, drugs and credit card fraud charges  Saturday, a traffic stop by the Utah Highway Patrol resulted in the arrest of two men from New York for multiple felony charges related, among other things, to drugs, theft and illegal financial card possession. When the trooper contacted the driver, Grandpierre, and passenger, Pearson, the statement said he could smell a strong odor of raw and burnt marijuana. The trooper found that Grandpierre’s drivers license had been suspended, and he was placed under arrest. A search of the van produced a bag of suspected marijuana and hash in the passenger door area. Also found during the search, the statement said, were five or six Target store bags containing about 30-40 bags of Starbucks brand coffee and at least 40 high-end coffee mugs. In the back of the van, the statement said troopers found a laptop computer, scanner, laser printer, five cell phones and bags of new clothing with tags still on them. (Source

Credit Card Skimmer Found at LIRR Station; Suspect Has Ties to Identity Theft Ring: MTA  Authorities are looking for a 35-year-old Romanian national who police say has ties to an identity theft gang in California after they discovered a credit card scanning device inside a ticket machine at a Long Island Rail Road station. The MTA identified the suspect as Vasile Ovidiu Haidau. Last week, an LIRR technician discovered a scanning device inside the card slot in a ticket machine at the station in Baldwin; a tiny camera positioned above the keyboard to videotape customers typing in their PINs was also found. (Source

First of 3 charged suspected of stealing about $1 million in jewelry across U.S.
A Chicago woman was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with being party to a felony theft after she and two men allegedly stole rings valued at $17,000 from Shaw’s Jewelers in Regency Mall, in January. The accused, Cynthia Winston, 48, is one of a three-person team suspected of stealing about $1 million of jewelry in numerous store thefts across the country and sought by the U.S. Marshals Service. Investigators with the Racine Police Department were eventually contacted by detectives from Gurnee, Ill., who also were investigating a case involving the same three suspects and confirmed that they are wanted in numerous states for similar incidents. Winston is the first of the three to be charged for this theft in Racine. (Source

3 charged in Walmart theft in San Antonio, TX; pit bull shot during arrests
Three men were arrested and a pit bull dog was shot and killed after a reported theft at a Walmart in Eastern Bexar County early Tuesday morning, Deputies responded to a call for a theft from the Walmart and were able to get the license plate of a vehicle seen leaving the store. Deputies tracked the vehicle to a nearby home and said one of the alleged thieves walked outside and ran back inside when he saw deputies. The deputies were confronted by a pit bull and forced to shoot the dog in self-defense to get to the alleged thieves. Deputies took all three into custody, but said the pit bull died. Officials said the men had stolen a large TV and a computer. (Source

Summit County identity theft suspect faces 46 felony, misdemeanor charges across seven cases  A Summit County woman facing 46 felony and misdemeanor charges in seven separate cases appeared Tuesday, April 8. Sebben faces 23 counts of identity theft, a Class 4 felony, 11 counts of unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, three counts of theft, and two counts each of violation of bail bond conditions and criminal possession of a financial transaction device, all misdemeanors, as well as a traffic violation for failing to obey a traffic control device. Sebben remains in jail on $50,000 bond from a 2013 identity theft case. (Source

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