Cook County Regional Organized Crime Task
Force Training & Conference - Day One Draws a Crowd
2014 Cook County Regional Organized Crime Task Force Training and Conference
began on Thursday September 4, 2014 at Hamburger University on the McDonalds
Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois and drew the largest number of attendees yet with
several hundred law enforcement and retail partners gathered together. In her
opening remarks, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez emphasized the
importance of these partnerships and explained that the CCROC is being used as a
model for other task forces around the country. With over 1,000 members from
over 140 law enforcement agencies and 100 private companies throughout the
Midwest, sharing resources and intelligence, the success stories are plentiful.
Several awards were given to key individuals in both law enforcement and the
retail industry, to include several officers from the Chicago Police Department,
the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Verizon, Walmart and Meade Johnson.
CCROC also for the first time ever provided endowments to two law enforcement
families. These families both have a child who suffers from a life threatening
Bill Kurtis, the keynote speaker for the event gave an excellent presentation on
the JFK assassination, presenting different theories on the number of shots
fired, who fired them, and in the end described it as the greatest murder
mystery of all time.
The presentations were all completely filled with attendees spilling into the
hallways. Topics discussed were ORC, Terrorism, and Cold Case investigations.
Attendees were also able to hear from an Ex-Offender on what motivated him, how
he stole, what he looked for and how he profited from the sale of stolen
property. His tips for keeping property safe were quite interesting.
Overall the first day of the conference was hugely successful with great
workshops, lots of networking, and numerous vendors sharing their products to
assist law enforcement and retailers in the area of loss prevention and asset
protection. By the looks of tomorrow’s agenda, it will be just as interesting!
Armed Rolex Gangs Striking Jewelers Across the Country - Suspect indicted in
$1.4 million heist in suburban Detroit A Pennsylvania man is
facing federal charges in connection with a brazen Rolex robbery at a Plainfield
Township jewelry store as well as a similar crime in suburban Detroit, where
$1.4 million worth of Rolex watches were stolen. Surveillance video from Paul
Medawar Fine Jewelry on Plainfield Avenue on April 22 showed four people
entering the store with their faces partially covered and brandishing guns while
they ordered employees to the floor. Investigators were able to match DNA from
blood left at the scene to 42-year-old Nathaniel Pembrook of Philadelphia. The
three other suspects are still at large. “There are apparently several gangs
running around the country targeting just these watches,” Paul Medawar said. The
Rolex gangs come armed, because there is a lot of money to be made in a robbery;
one of the watches in Medawar’s Rolex case sells for $34,000.
Investigators seize $11,000 in counterfeit Rolex, Burberry, Gucci and Michael
Kors merchandise Authorities charged the owner, manager and clerk at a
Seaside Heights Boardwalk store after seizing nearly $11,000 worth of knockoff
merchandise, including dozens of Snoop Dogg vapor pens. State and local
investigators last Friday raided “In the Cut” and seized more than 150 watches
with such designer brand names as Rolex, Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors and Casio
G-Shock that they said were selling for $49.99 to $209.99. They also snatched up
bogus 37 Snoop Dogg G-Pens that retailed at $129.99, as well as knockoff Ray
Bans and NFL gloves. (Source
18-year-old arrested on six counts of credit-card fraud in Indiana
Mississippi man arrested for credit-card fraud in Jones County