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ORC 7-16-14




137 member York, Pa. ORC shoplifting gang ring leader sentenced to state prison  Of the more than 100 people arrested in the ring, he is the only one to get a state prison sentence, according to the York County District Attorney's Office. James Lee Giuffrida, 31, of the 1400 block of West Market Street, was sentenced Tuesday to 6 3/4 to 13 1/2 years, five years probation and fined $55,000 for organized retail theft, criminal conspiracy, retail theft, receiving stolen property, corrupt organizations and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. According to West York Borough Police, Giuffrida recruited and directed others to shoplift merchandise from area stores. The items were then returned to the same stores by a different person, or to a different store, and exchanged for gift cards. In an ongoing investigation, police arrested and charged 137 other people as part of the ring. Giuffrida bought the gift cards from the thieves at a reduced price, then sold them for their full value on various websites, police said. Giuffrida also instructed the people working for him to steal small, expensive items, such as car headlights, printer ink cartridges, razor blades, dental whitening strips, batteries and designer glasses. Giuffrida sold these items on several websites, police said. (Source

4 ORC suspects charged in Rochester, N.Y. this week
Rochester, this week four people were arrested on a more serious charge — organized retail crime enterprise, a felony involving suspects conspiring with each other to commit theft for profit. This week, all four arrests relating to organized retail crime enterprise involved small-ticket items that were stolen from Walmart on Farmington Road. The most recent theft occurred Monday, when William York, 29, of 61A Winter St., and Suzanne Anderson, 47, of 119 Milton Road, Apt. 4, allegedly worked together to steal about $12 worth of greeting cards and then return them to the store, according to a police affidavit. York allegedly stole the greeting cards before going back into Walmart and returning the cards using another customer’s receipt. The receipt was allegedly found on the ground by Anderson, according to the affidavit. Police this week also arrested Jordan Schieferdecker, 23, of 10 West Concord St., Dover, and Myriah Allard, 23, of 9½ Mechanic St., Dover, in connection to a May 12 theft incident at Walmart. (Source

Trio stole baby formula to feed heroin habits, had list of 35 stores in New Jersey
A trio of heroin-addicted baby formula shoplifters had a list of pharmacies in 35 towns — all but four of them in Bergen County — when they were caught moments after a theft in Old Tappan. A manager at the Old Tappan CVS in the Bi-State Plaza called police Saturday night after one of the trio entered the store with an empty tote bag, used the bathroom, then left after filling the bag with baby formula, Police Chief Thomas Shine said. “The suspects admitted to being heroin addicts,” Shine said. “They allegedly shoplift on a daily basis to support this habit. “The items taken are resold to bodegas in Paterson,” he said. Shine said the stores on the list are in: Allendale, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Dumont, Edgewater, Englewood, Fair Lawn, Fairview, Fort Lee, Garfield, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Mahwah, Midland Park, Montvale, Old Tappan, Paramus, Park Ridge, Passaic, Paterson, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, River Edge, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Tenafly, Totowa, Washington Twp., Wayne, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Wood Ridge and Wyckoff. (Source

Jamaican Police seize $465m in counterfeit goods  Police from the Anti- Trafficking in Persons and Intellectual Property Vice Squad of the Organized Crime Investigative Division have seized more than $465 million worth of counterfeit goods in three separate raids between Monday and yesterday. Among the items seized were two truckloads of counterfeit or knockoff Clarks shoes, bootleg rum, fake pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and a quantity of compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs). The police also seized a quantity of computer hard drives and other equipment during the raids. "We did operations in parishes — St Mary, Kingston and St Catherine," Berry told reporters. Police said 1,857 pairs of fake Clarks shoes of many varieties and sizes, valued at $13.5 million, and 4.5 million CDs and DVDs valued at $450 million were among the items. (Source

Gang suspected in Houston, TX jewelry theft ring
The warning being issued says the theft suspects may be part of a gang of thieves. The ring has been stealing from jewelry stores across the country since at least the beginning of May. They’re using fraudulent California driver’s licenses to obtain store credit and then purchase a high-end watch that goes from $7,000 to $25,000. The licenses being used make it difficult for a jeweler to detect as fraudulent. Store owners are being urged to review contracts for in-store credit to determine what to do in case of chargebacks in fraud cases. (Source

Harford County and Waldorf, MD Police release photos of Target diversionary  Theft Ring Harford County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for public assistance to identify several individuals that may be involved in a diversionary theft ring. On July 2, 2014, a female victim was shopping at the Wal-Mart in Abingdon, MD when a male asked her to help him get something from a shelf. When she finished helping the male she realized that her wallet was stolen. Her credit cards were used later at the Abingdom Target later that morning. Since releasing the original story and photos, numerous other victims have come forward. (Source


ORC 7-16-14
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