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ORC 6-4-14



What’s working in the fight against ORC: Successful models from two Florida agencies  NRF’s Organized Retail Crime Study recently shed light on what’s become a $30 billion problem in retail. With large metropolitan areas and close proximity to ports for shipping goods, Florida is one of the most active areas for ORC. But two Florida sheriff’s offices are currently winning battles against the surprisingly sophisticated theft rings. These law enforcement leaders have discovered effective formulas for success that combines joining forces with multiple law enforcement agencies, partnering with retailers and sharing their successful methods with others in the loss prevention and law enforcement community. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office formed a specialized unit to combat ORC in 2011, but their initial efforts weren’t enough. “We quickly realized we couldn’t do it alone,” said Sgt. Rich Rossman of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s much bigger than Broward County. We look at it as a whole, not just what’s occurring in our back yard.” Further north in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a rapid response ORC unit has already made 100 arrests and saved retailers losses of more than $2.3 million in just six months. From the collaboration of the rapid response unit and their retail partners, a new tactic emerged: a special training course that is now being offered to law enforcement officers across Florida, and soon, across the country. View the entire article in STORES magazine here. (Source

Purported West York ringleader of massive Retail Theft Ring awaits sentencing: over 130 suspects involved  The purported ringleader of a massive and highly organized retail theft ring surprised prosecutors Tuesday morning when he decided to plead to the charges against him, moments before his trial was set to start. James Lee Giuffrida enlisted about 137 people -- mostly drug users -- to shoplift items from numerous stores in York, Adams, Cumberland, Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as two Maryland counties, authorities said. They formed groups or "crews" in which one member, dubbed a "booster," would steal an item from a store, then a second crew member called a "refunder" would return the item without a receipt and obtain a refund in the form of a gift card. The crew members would then sell the gift cards to Giuffrida at a fraction of their value and he would resell them online and make a profit, senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake said. Crew members also stole items such as teeth-whitening strips, razor blades, batteries and ink cartridges and sold them to Giuffrida at far less than their retail value, according to Blake; Giuffrida could then resell the items. "He would instruct them on what stores they should go to," Blake said, and would warn them about which stores were cracking down on shoplifters. "An individual team could make $1,500 a day or up to $10,000 a week," Blake said. (Source

Criminals stealing guns from stores, Walmart latest target in Memphis, TN  For the third time this year, guns were stolen from a Walmart. This time, police say two guys got away after smashing a glass case, stealing an assault rifle and running out the Walmart on Germantown Parkway. Security cameras capture clear images of the two thieves who police say came into Walmart with one thing on their minds: guns. Police say one man distracted a worker in the sporting goods department, while the other broke the glass on a gun case and took an assault rifle. Walmart has already stepped up security at the Cordova Walmart after seven guns were stolen in February. A Walmart was also hit up for two guns in January. (Source

Rochester woman sentenced to seven months in jail for designer purse thefts  The Rochester woman who pleaded guilty to organized retail fraud involving high-end purse thefts was sentenced to seven months in jail and two years of probation Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court. Laura Anne Pochmara 37, faced a group of charges that included receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000, organized retail fraud, a habitual second offense of retail fraud and first-degree retail fraud in a case in several Oakland County jurisdictions that began in Milford. Pochmara’s teenage daughter sat in Circuit Judge Colleen O’Brien’s courtroom as Pochmara was sentenced 213 days in jail — with credit for 110 days served — and 24 months probation. (Source

Alleged identity theft ring leader sentenced to 20 years in Texas prison  In Smith County, TX court Tuesday, 34-year-old Brandon Session was sentenced to 20 years in prison for engaging in organized criminal activity. Session is believed to have led an identity theft ring of nearly two dozen people who stole thousands of dollars by taking out cash loans in other peoples' names. (Source


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