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ORC 5-12-14



Prosecutors in the UK begin to "dismantle the criminal empire built by the UK's most notorious shoplifting gang"  Jean McGovern and Annette Daniel orchestrated high-value stealing sprees across the country, including a 35,000 pound raid on luxury store Harrods. Their faces became so well known to security guards the pair used wigs and hats as disguises, and even covered up with burkhas. Both are behind bars, having been caged last month for targeting Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh and taking designer bags, clothes and make-up. It’s now emerged Crown Office officials have moved against McGovern, 47, and are believed to be using proceeds of crime laws to target her home in the Springburn area of Glasgow. On Friday, the 52-year-old appeared at ­Glasgow Sheriff Court and admitted stealing almost £1000 of clothes from designer shop ­Hollister on October 1 — while she was on bail. Her co-accused, 20-year-old Declan Paxton, from Ruchill, ­Glasgow, also pled guilty to the charge. Sentence was deferred, with ­Daniel remanded in custody and Paxton released on bail. McGovern, due to be released from prison next month, is the cousin of murderer Paul McGovern, 40, and drug dealer Tony McGovern, 35, who was shot dead in 2000. (Source

ORC gang of 6 busted hitting Paramus Mall
The mall’s loss prevention officers alerted Paramus Police Officer David Bentacourt to the six last Saturday. Bentacourt found the subjects in the mall’s parking lot entering a Nissan Murano, where he and another officer found fragrance bottles from Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Armani and Coco Chanel, Paramus Police Deputy Chief Robert Guidetti said in a news release. The officers said they also discovered clothing from Burberry, a foil-lined bag, which is commonly used by organized theft crews to steal merchandise without activating alarms, and a stun gun, in the suspects vehicle last Saturday. Virginia Bland, 45, Ashley Davis, 18, Mariah Young, 20, and Khalif McDaniels, 24, all of Newark, were arrested along with Hasonna Porter, 40, of Irvington and Elaine McDaniels, 49, of East Orange. They were charged with possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Porter also was charged with possession of a stun gun. (Source

Two arrested for ORC in Lewis County, WA.
Aaron E. Kyllonen, 27, of Longview, and Kinzy R. Murray, 19, of Kelso, were both arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for suspicion of organized retail theft after they both were caught working together to shoplift from multiple outlet stores on the 100 block of West High Street shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. (Source

California ORC trio sentenced in theft from Oregon stores  Hitting Nordstrom stores with stolen credit cards a a search of the vehicle and the trios’ hotel room, police reported recovering $20,000 in property, $5,000 to $10,000 in gift cards, $1,500 in cash and more than 100 counterfeit cards. The property reportedly included high-end clothing, money orders and Apple iPads, iPad Minis and iPhones. On April 1, Linda Vongphakdy pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and two counts of first-degree theft. On April 2, Matthews pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of aggravated first-degree theft, one count of organized retail theft and two counts of first-degree theft. On May 1, Melissa Vongphakdy pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and two counts of first-degree theft. Matthews was sentenced to two years of probation; if Matthews violates probation, he faces two years and four months of prison. Matthews was ordered to pay $1,400 in fines, $929 in attorney’s fees and forfeit all property seized. Linda Vongphakdy was sentenced to 60 days in jail, followed by two years of formal probation. She faces a possible one year and eight months in prison if she violates probation. Linda Vongphakdy was fined $600 and assessed $900 in attorney’s fees. If she returns to California, she is required to meet with an investigator in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and provide truthful, accurate information, according to Matthew Hall, deputy district attorney for Washington County. Melissa Vongphakdy was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, followed by two years of post-prison supervision. She was assessed fines and fees. (Source

Shoplifting incident leads to police chase three men who had hit Nike Outlet in Sevierville, Tenn.  Officers responded to a call from the Nike Outlet just before 11 a.m. Friday morning, that three men fled the store with bags full of unpaid merchandise. Police saw the suspects' vehicle driving recklessly on the Parkway. At one point an officer, who was standing on a sidewalk along the Parkway, had to get out of the way as the vehicle jumped the curb toward him. Authorities captured the suspects after a brief chase and search. (Source

South Bend man charged in Sam’s Club felony thefts in Hobart  Felony theft charges have been filed against a South Bend man who allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise during the winter from the Sam’s Club store on U.S. 30. Clifford D. Bonds, 23, who has three prior felony theft convictions, and an accomplice went to the store Feb. 27 and March 6 and stole computers the first time and flat-screen televisions the second, according to police. Detective James Gonzales said Bonds was observed on surveillance video loading merchandise onto a cart and leaving through an emergency exit where a pickup truck was waiting. Bonds and the driver can be seen loading the stolen goods into the truck. During a continuing education class, Gonzales spoke to a South Bend police detective who was also attending and showed him a photo of the thief. The detective identified Bonds, having dealt with him several times. (Source



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