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ORC 9-24-14






Ohio Regional Organized Crime Coalition
3rd Annual Retail Crime Conference Recap

The Ohio Regional Organized Crime Coalition (OROCC) hosted its 3rd annual Retail Crime Conference on Friday September, 19 2014 at the Columbus Police Academy. The event was attended by over 200 law enforcement and retail loss prevention professionals.

The event featured presentations from eBay PROACT Manager Stoney Burke, Union County Prosecutor David Phillips, Leads OnLine Manager Jennifer Rush, numerous Columbus Police Officers and was opened by keynote speaker Gus Downing. Topics included Cloned Credit Card Investigation, Active Aggressor Response, ecommerce and software tools for investigations, and Successful Prosecution Case Studies.

The conference was supported by Abercrombie & Fitch, Bass Security, Cabelas, CEC, CheckView, CVS, Designer Shoe Warehouse, Giant Eagle, Kroger, LBrands, Leads Online, Meijer, Open Online, Panera, Speedway, Target, USS, Vector security, and Wal-Mart. OROCC President Steve Shepard said “We continue to build the partnerships between law enforcement and retail loss prevention. We have seen first-hand that this system works and were excited for what the future will bring."

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An Excerpt from the Keynote Speech at the OROCC Conference Last Week

How Big is Publically Reported ORC? - 500% increase in 3 years - Almost $1B reported in the Press in 2014  So far this year, the Daily reported on ORC cases totaling just over $885 million, representing a 500% increase over the 2012 figure of $146 million. Understanding that retailers absolutely avoid and have strict polices about what's released to the public through the media. The numbers below represent the total amount of ORC that's been publically reported in the press over the last three years in the Daily's ORC column. Certainly we haven't caught it all, but our team has gotten better at capturing it and obviously the new ORC laws in 26 states have had an impact on what the press has seen in the public court records. Additionally, the 30+ ORC groups around the country have an obvious impact on increased apprehensions as well. Keeping in mind we have four more months to report this year you'll see the trend.

*2014 figures include through August

Of special note is that we'll be reporting the Daily's other findings in separate articles over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned as we explore the public ORC records and tie the retail data breaches to the huge increase we're seeing in credit card fraud hitting the nation.


Kroger & Target ORC Investigators Bust Major Multi-State Fencing Operation - Police discover thousands of stolen items in former church in Tuesday morning raid in Louisville, Ky.  Saint Matthews police, along with loss prevention units from Kroger and Target stores made the bust at a home in Louisville.. It was the result of a four-year investigation. On Tuesday police arrested Troy Curtis. He's charged with engaging in organized crime and receiving stolen property. While investigators wouldn't make an official statement, they did explain that the old church building is filled with stolen property from all over the county. They believe the operation may have spanned over several states and has been going on for over 4 years. The search warrant stemmed from a joint investigation involving St. Matthews police along with loss prevention officials from Kroger and Target. According to SMPD, the investigation involves property stolen from Kroger and Target stores throughout Jefferson County, including St. Matthews. The merchandise was then sold to Troy Curtis, 50, of Louisville, for 15 to 30% on the dollar. Police said the stolen property was then sold over the internet using online services. Police said now they have a huge task of trying to identify all of the stolen property. There is enough stolen property that police said it could fill a few trucks. The investigation is ongoing and they expect to charge additional suspects. Editor's Note: Great work on the part of the ORC teams. And while no one has specifically said yesterday's news update on the ongoing ORC case in Louisville that's now reached over 130 indicted suspects one can only assume a few turned over on the local fence for reduced sentences. Once again this is the Daily's conjecture and has not been confirmed by any source external to the Daily. (Source (Source

Father-Son meat Thieves Targeted Supermarket Warehouse in Brooklyn 19 Times for $20,000  Russell Confusione, 58, and his son Matthew, 35, and former employees of the warehouse broke into Bogopa Services Corp. 19 times from Aug. 4-Sept. 5, NYSP said. And stole over $20,000 worth of meat. Selling the goods at 75 cents on the dollar. (Source

Police searching for Credit Card fraud ring operating in multiple states

"Serial Shoplifter" busted hitting Target in Monmouth County
Detectives then determined the crime was part of a pattern: Utley was responsible for four shopliftings at the store since Sept. 17, Faller said. Utley was charged with five counts of shoplifting and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver's license. Police also seized his sport-utility vehicle. (Source

Chicago Trio Charged With Stealing $20,000 in High-End Bikes
Three young men have been arrested for allegedly stealing $20,000 worth of high-end bicycles and accessories from a small shop along the Chicago Lakefront Trail. WBBM Newsradio's Mike Krauser reports 19-year-old Jeremiah Aviles, 19-year-old Israel Perez, and 22-year-old Mauricio Franco have been arrested on felony burglary charges. The three are accused of breaking into Lakeshore Bike, a small bicycle shop on the Lakefront Trail at Recreation and Addison drives, around 5 a.m. on Sept. 7. (Source

Man gets 6 1/2 years for stealing a $900,000 candy-filled semi from Romeoville, IL  A longtime Chicago resident was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison Monday for stealing a semitrailer containing $175,000 worth of Wrigley candy from a Romeoville trucking facility in 2012. Roderick Earl Nunn, 40, pled guilty to stealing the sweet cargo in March 2012, according to a release from the U.S. attorney's office of the Western District of Michigan. Nunn was arrested on April 15, 2012, on a Michigan stretch of Interstate 94 as he drove to Detroit to fence the stolen goods. The arrest was the culmination of a career of stealing semitrailer cargo that U.S. prosecutors valued at roughly $8 million, although his pre-sentencing report only counted eight prior thefts totaling about $900,000 as conduct relevant to the candy heist. Court records show that Nunn's candy heist was foiled by broken tail lights on the big rig he stole. (Source

Electronic Arts Distribution Center employee charged with stealing video games worth thousands of dollars  Police say a Louisville man stole thousands of dollars worth of video games from his employer. According to the arrest report, 27-year-old John Rice was working at the Electronic Arts Distribution Center on Sept. 23, when he was caught taking 43 games valued at $1,720 from the distribution warehouse. Rice also allegedly admitted to taking at least 100 more video games over the past 30 days. Police say the stolen games have a retail value of more than $5,000. (Source

Sarasota, FL Sheriff files new charges against felon with history of fraud
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a convicted felon with a history of fraud on new charges for opening credit card accounts in other people's names. Detectives responded to a home on Huron Lane in Sarasota, earlier this month when the Department of Probation and Parole found Oliver Locke, was in possession of credit cards and receipts for purchases made in other people's names. They determined Locke traveled to California to make some of the purchases and arrested him for violating probation. Detectives continued the investigation and contacted American Express, which confirmed the cards were fraudulent and that at least seven accounts were opened in two names and the cards shipped to a Sarasota address. Locke charged $34,485 on some of those accounts, and is charged with Scheme to Defraud in excess of $20,000. (Source

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