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ORC 9-23-14




2 year old ORC case now reaches beyond 130 suspects - Ongoing Crime with more indictments likely -  Multiple 'organized retail theft' suspects appear in court in Louisville, Ky.  Nearly two years later, the list of suspects charged in a Jefferson County syndication ring has topped 130. Monday, a handful of defendants, recently indicted, appeared in court for their arraignments. They stole merchandise from a number of retail stores to feed their heroin addiction. "For whatever reason, I've drawn way more than this court's share of these types of cases. They are particularly frustrating because they seemingly never end," Judge Mitch Perry said. The indictments returned this week join twenty-four others, in Jefferson County, which list 130 people as participating in this theft scheme. The investigation began back in the fall of 2012 for what police called an organized retail theft. They commit the crimes in groups and stole items from retail stores around Louisville like Home Depot and Lowes, Target and Wal-Mart. They then returned the items for gift cards, and sold the gift cards to pawn shops. Prosecutors believe heroin addiction was the driving force behind the whole operation. Dozens of those 130 defendants previously indicted have pleaded guilty and are under supervision with conditions of drug treatment for their heroin addictions. However, prosecutors say this crime is still happening today and more indictments are likely. (Source

Tulsa investigating three rings stealing Dyson vacuum cleaners  The Tulsa Police Department is investigating three crime rings where those involved are stealing Dyson vacuum cleaners. Cases have increased over the last few months. Detective Lori Visser of the ORC Unit said there are three groups currently stealing Dysons from stores and have hit nearly every Target and Kohl's store in the Tulsa area. (Source

Quebec ORC trio busted using counterfeit credit cards and storing merchandise in Niagara Falls storage unit  Halton Regional Police on Sept. 17 and members of its Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau investigated a reported $10,000 credit card fraud at Arctic Spas. Seven Halton officers followed the driver all the way to a storage unit on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, and was met by three others. The four were then arrested. The driver was not charged, said Hansen, after police determined he was simply a driver for hire who had advertised his services on Kijij. The case led police to a storage locker in Niagara Falls and the discovery of a quantity of merchandise along with counterfeit credit cards. Police later executed search warrants in two rooms at a Niagara Falls motel. A quantity of gift cards, receipts, a laptop computer and a card reader were among the items seized. (Source

Fencing Operation: Beaverton, OR Play It Again Sports owner indicted for selling stolen merchandise  A grand jury indicted the owner of a Play It Again Sports store in Beaverton after police arrested him for allegedly buying $60,000 worth of stolen sporting-goods equipment over a five-year period from a man who was taking it from local department stores. Store owner James Larkins, 62, was indicted for first-degree theft, while 49-year-old Matthew Poorman was indicted for first-degree aggravated theft. Beaverton police said an employee at Target called them on Aug. 5 to report multiple thefts by the same man, saying the man would come in, pick out sporting-goods equipment, put the items in a shopping cart and walk out without paying. A Beaverton detective recognized the style of theft and showed the Target employee a picture of Poorman, who had been arrested for similar thefts from the Fred Meyer on Beaverton. (Source

Pittsburgh area Car Break-In Leads To Larger Credit Card Theft Scam
Every day, troopers get more and more calls of cars being broken into. Usually nickels and dimes are what they get, but not in one case. State police say a duo of two men first went to a Fayette County Walmart and charged hundreds in purchases, then hit another Walmart in Mt. Pleasant. State police say some credit card thieves are buying big ticket items and shipping them overseas as part of a larger theft operation – impossible to track and cash only. State police say they're not sure if this woman's credit card was used in some overseas merchandise scam, but it's a possibility. (Source

California woman arrested in Aspen; $3000 worth of clothing recovered from multiple area stores  A woman who said she is here backpacking around the Maroon Bells backcountry was arrested Sunday for allegedly shoplifting about $3,000 in sportswear from four Aspen businesses. Kimberly Ann Gardner, 27, a physical therapist from Stanton, Calif., was advised Monday that she faces a felony theft charge. (Source

Penfield, NY man stole $700 worth of toothbrushes, fought with Target security
Police tell us Jason Bowens tried to leave the Webster Target store with a cart full of electronic toothbrushes worth almost $740 Monday evening. We're told a store security officer, who is also an off-duty Canandaigua Police officer, attempted to stop Bowens but Bowens began to fight with him. A Webster volunteer firefighter saw what was happening and tried to help restrain Bowens. When police arrived at the store, the fight was still going on. Bowens was eventually taken into custody and charged with robbery, assault, larceny and resisting arrest. (Source

Man and woman booked in Royal Palm Beach, FL on felony retail theft and organizing a scheme charges

ORC 9-23-14
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