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ORC 5-29-14



ORC group of 8 busted & fencing operations discovered in Wichita, Kan., after year long joint project between law enforcement and retailers to combat organized retail crime in Kansas, and began in February 2013  Local law enforcement agencies partnered with area retail and grocery stores to combat repeat shoplifters and stolen goods buyers. The undercover investigation began last year when local stores donated thousands of dollars worth of merchandise for the undercover sales. The first stage involved identifying "boosters" who were targeting Dillons, Walmart, Target and other local stores. Following interviews with those suspects, investigators identified more than a dozen individuals and locations in the Wichita area who were knowingly buying stolen items at discount prices. The DA's office said many of those buying stolen merchandise operated markets and restaurants in and around Wichita. The operation aimed to discourage criminal activity, and focused on shoplifters, and boosters, who sold the stolen merchandise to third parties for a discounted price. Many of the individuals buying stolen products operated markets and restaurants in the Wichita area. The stolen property included thousands of dollars in meat, electronics, home appliances, baby formula, baby wipes, detergent and other items. The joint investigation ultimately involved several agencies, including the Sedgwick County Sheriff, Hutchinson Police Department, Reno County Attorney, United States Attorney's office in Wichita, Sedgwick County District Attorney, and the enforcement arm of the United States Department of Agriculture. (Source (Source

Police searching for east El Paso baby formula thieves  Hundreds of dollars in baby formula was stolen from an east El Paso store and police are asking for the public’s help to find the culprits. Two men and a woman were caught on camera taking baby formula from the Target store at 1901 George Dieter Drive. Police said the first theft happened around 3:20 p.m. April 24. The suspects placed several containers of baby formula in their cart and left the store. Three days later the suspects hit the same store and again took several hundred dollars worth of baby formula. (Source

ID theft ring of two hitting Nashua stores buying thousands in gift cards - busted
Laura Minot, of Mattapan, Mass., was arrested along with another Mattapan resident, Lois Patton, on April 16 by agents from the U.S. Secret Service and several Massachusetts police agencies. Police had followed the pair from Mattapan to several stores in Nashua, including Best Buy and the Pheasant Lane Mall, where they are charged with opening credit accounts using other people’s information and then trying to use those accounts to buy thousands of dollars in gift cards, according to court documents. (Source

Hartford, Conn., couple sentenced to prison for $500,000 ID theft and fraudulent credit card scheme  23-year-old Jonathan Preston and his wife 34-year-old Lumi Nunez were both sentenced in Hartford today. Preston was sentenced to 46 months behind bars, and Nunez was sentenced to 30 months behind bars. Court documents show the couple used the internet to get personal information about people, pretended to be those people, and used their credit cards. Documents show, the couple charged more than $500,000 to credit cards. (Source

Winston Salem fence busted for credit card fraud - counterfeit and selling stolen merchandise in Hanes Mall, N.C.  Owner of Gold Valley jewelry store in Hanes Mall busted for using stolen credit cards, selling stolen merchandise and counterfeit gold. Found in inventory were stolen iPad, stolen jewelry, and electronics. police believe he may have been a fence and the investigation is ongoing. (Source

DFW ranked ninth for organized retail crime activity


ORC 5-29-14
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