your nominations for the 2014
New England ORC Awards
Deadline is Monday, September 1
In an effort to recognize those individuals within
the loss prevention and law enforcement community that have gone
above and beyond in the fight against ORC in New England, the
N.E. ORC Symposium & Tradeshow will be presenting the 2014 N.E. ORC
Awards at this year’s event on Thursday, September 18 at the DCU
Center in Worcester. Professionals working within the loss prevention/law enforcement
community are being invited to submit nominations for these
awards. To download the nomination form,
click here. It includes a
description of each of the awards and instructions for completing
and submitting nominations. The deadline
for submission is Monday, September 1.
Apple store employees & 1 Best Buy Mobile employee charged in $500k iPhone theft
ring in Ft. Lauderdale Six Apple store employees at the Galleria mall
are accused of teaming up to defraud the store out of nearly 600 iPhones worth
an estimated half-million dollars, police said Wednesday. Detectives began
investigating the thefts this year when a regional loss-prevention manager for
Apple notified Fort Lauderdale police about the group of employees. They stole
them by manipulating Apple’s product exchange procedures, allowing stolen and
locked iPhones to be exchanged for refurbished ones. How did the scheme work?
Since April, thieves who posed as customers at the store handed stolen iPhones
to employees in the ring and exchanged them for new iPhones, police said. Each
Apple employee in the ring was paid between $45 and $75 for carrying out a
fraudulent transaction, police said. A seventh person, Best Buy Mobile employee
Sean Flynn, 25, of Davie, provided serial numbers from cellphones at Best Buy
Mobile. Part of the scheme hinged on Apple employees using that information to
assign cellphone serial numbers to the new iPhones at the Apple store, police
said. Devon Persad, 26, of Tamarac, was identified as the ringleader who hosted
big dinners to recruit fellow Apple store employees, bragging about the new 2014
Lexus he bought and the home loan he paid off, according to the arrest warrants.
There are many other people in the ring who haven't been identified, Detective
DeAnna Greenlaw said.
According to a FLPD, the U.S. Secret Service assisted them in unraveling the
ring leader of the Apple store group would contact his accomplice at
the Best Buy store for a list of “cold” serial numbers.
The Best Buy employee would obtain the serial numbers from new
iPhones in the Sunrise store’s inventory.
Unidentified suspects would bring iPhones to the Genius Bar that had
been stolen or locked, and whose serial numbers were considered
The suspected Apple employees would select a serial number from the
Best Buy-provided list and associate it to the phone being exchanged
by the unknown suspects.
The walk-in suspects would be provided a refurbished (like new)
iPhone with a “cold” serial number. Police are tracking where those
iPhones were transported or sold.
The “hot” exchanged iPhones would be returned to Apple’s service
depot, where they eventually were discovered to be locked/stolen.
Customers who bought iPhones at the Best Buy store encountered
problems registering their smartphone because the serial number had
already been registered by the people who received refurbished
police bust major retail theft ring targeting Macy's across Orange County and
selling the merchandise to small stores Orlando police said they put
the brakes on a theft ring that targeted Macy’s department stores across Orange
County. Investigators believe the suspects went after designer fragrances, shoes
and handbags worth thousands of dollars. Police said surveillance video from
July shows the suspects taking merchandise from Macy’s at Fashion Square Mall.
Investigators arrested Jose Burgos and Miguel Mendez on charges of felony theft,
but they said they are still looking for another woman. Detectives believe the
trio sold the stolen items to smaller stores near Goldenrod Road in east Orange
County. Investigation is ongoing and they expect more arrests.
Retail thief sentenced to 4 years in prison due to previous criminal history in
Jackson County, IL