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ORC 5-13-14



Las Vegas: Baby formula on the black market  Drugs and sex aren’t the only commodities found on the black market in Las Vegas. Baby formula brings big bucks. Thieves are ripping off stores such as Walmart, Von’s, Smith’s and Walgreens – boosting as much baby formula as they can. Some steal to feed their drug habit. Others do it to make ends meet. Few think they are doing anything wrong. “I just think of it like Robin Hood... because these parents need it, and they can't afford formula,” one thief said in a YouTube video. Organized retail theft investigator Darin Fredrickson says each heist costs honest consumers. “Some of these retailers are losing, easily, in excess of a million dollars just in formula alone,” he said. (Source

ORC suspect just won't quit hitting Walmart stores in Arizona - busted 14 times and served time - busted again  A Superior man who already served prison time for 14 Walmart thefts has been arrested again after allegedly stealing from the San Tan Valley Walmart, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said. Michael Lopez, 41, was booked into jail on six counts of burglary and six counts of organized retail theft. On April 25, an asset protection agent with Walmart told deputies she saw Lopez drive into the parking lot in a white pickup truck. The agent said she noticed the vehicle was the same white pickup truck he has previously used to commit a number of thefts from Walmart, PCSO said. Just three days earlier, $554 worth of merchandise was stolen from the store and never recovered. The agent said Lopez filled a shopping cart with $743 worth of store products and appeared to be getting ready to flee without paying. The Walmart asset protection agent reported Lopez has 14 previous thefts from local area Walmarts, including stores in Mesa and Apache Junction. (Source

Suspects accused of stealing 22 cell phones from Walmart in Winston-Salem, N.C.  Winston-Salem police are looking for two suspects accused of breaking into a display case at Walmart and stealing 22 cell phones valued at over $13,000. (Source

Printer ink theft ring in Milton, GA; Staples employee says they were hit for hundreds of cartridges  Local stores have been the victims of a group of people who are stealing printer ink cartridges by the hundreds. Milton Police reported they checked on the Staples store on Ga. 9 April 28 to advise them to be on the lookout for the thieves. While there, store employees told police they had a similar incident occur a few days prior, resulting in $2,200 worth of printer ink stolen. They said three men entered the store April 22. One man, with a driver's license for Vernan Hutchinson, of New York, has been in several times. They said he goes to the customer service counter or cashier and tries to pay with a fraudulent check or to return items without a receipt. When employees refuse to serve him, he starts to create a loud fuss. While this is happening, his two companions go to the back of the store and steal the ink. Other stores in the Atlanta region have also reported being hit by similar scams. (Source



ORC 5-13-14
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