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ORC 11-4-14




UK retailer loses $8M claim from warehouse worker ORC theft
A warehouse worker stole more than seven tonnes of Ted Baker clothes from the designer brand over five years, costing the firm nearly $8 million in lost business and legal costs. Joseph Okyere-Nsiah took the clothes from a warehouse in North London where he worked between 2003 and 2008, the High Court. The thefts have been revealed after the failure of a legal challenge by Ted Baker's distribution arm, No Ordinary Designer Label Limited (NODL), against its insurers, who refused to pay out because the company had not completed the necessary paperwork. A judge, Mr Justice Eder, has ruled the firm, which suffered 2.16 ($3.45 U.S.) million pounds in lost business and spent 2.5 ($4 U.S.) million pounds on legal fees, is not entitled to a penny. Okyere-Nsiah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and was handed a three-year jail term following the discovery of the thefts. But NODL's case against its insurers has rumbled on. After the thefts were uncovered, the Ted Baker off-shoot failed to provide certain information and documentation, as required by the terms of the policies, the judge said. Okyere-Nsiah had looted the warehouse about 500 times. A 5,000 pounds ($8,000 U.S.) policy excess for each incident was also fatal to the company's claim. It emerged that, in cahoots with delivery van drivers, Okyere-Nsiah had for years been spiriting away stock 'at a rate of six or seven boxes at a time'.

Fencing Operations busted: Nashua, NH Police bust retail crime ring  According to authorities, several people sold hundreds of stolen items to two pawn shops, and one shop failed to report hundreds of purchases and sales. Police said Christina Giguere, 28, Steven Giguere, 25, Doris Berry, 46, Rebecca Bulsa, 20, Cassondra Davis, 26, and Ross Clapper, 24, were arrested on theft-related charges. The owners of Family Pawn are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Investigators said thousands of dollars worth of merchandise has been recovered.

Target security guard attacked after couple tries to steal $1K in teeth whitener, police say in Hempfield Twp, Pa.  Police in Hempfield Township said they’re searching for a couple accused of attempting to steal $1,200 in teeth whitening products from an area Target store. When security approached the woman, the man attacked the guard from behind. Officers said the guard and the man fought, until both the man and woman took off in a 4-door silver car with Pennsylvania license plate DXN9292.

Police looking for baby formula female ORC DUO in Muskegon, Mich.  Norton Shores Police said more than $1,000 worth of formula was recently stolen from retail stores in the Muskegon area. People commenting on the Norton Shores Police Department’s Facebook page have suggested a possible name. Anyone with information should call Norton Shores police at 231-733-2691 or Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.

Homeland Security and Maryland State Police assist in $100,000 ATM Skimming case  Homeland Security Investigations personnel and state police are teaming up with local agencies, including those in Frederick County, to identify a man suspected of stealing ATM card information using a skimming device in several Maryland counties. Police believe the man has stolen more than $100,000 by attaching a device to ATM machine that records information from the magnetic strips of cards while recording customers' passwords with an installed overhead camera. The man then clones this information onto fraudulent cards, a Maryland State Police news release states. A related skimming investigation is taking place in Frederick County, the release states. The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation is investigating a skimming device found Sept. 26 on an ATM outside the Sandy Spring Bank on Mercantile Drive East, off Ballenger Creek Pike.

Cleveland, OH Ringleader sentenced to 10 years in $500,000 Identity Theft Ring
A man convicted of operating an identity theft ring and recruiting others to open unauthorized lines of credit will have to serve a term of 10 years behind bars at an Ohio penitentiary. Brian Lumbus Jr. provided forged Ohio driver's licenses and stolen account holder information for others to facilitate a series of crimes, according to a news release from Bay Village Police. An investigation into the ring started after a Bay Village resident reported her checking account had been compromised and was used for a number of fabricated checks. Authorities traced those checks that were cashed at local banks for a total of $43,000. A more in-depth investigation by the Bay Village Police and U.S. Secret Service revealed more than $500,000 of losses at four separate banking institutions. They also identified fraudulent lines of credit from a variety of retail stores with losses of more than $500,000. They were later sold for a fraction of their value on the streets of Cleveland.

Bronx, NY Organized Theft Ring busted
A Bronx man has been charged in connection with an organized identity theft ring that was operating in the Rensselaer County area, according to East Greenbush police. Abdulnasir J. Usman, 21, was one of three men travelling throughout upstate New York on July 21, 2013 using counterfeit credit cards to get cash and property, police said. Last year, when they got the first call, it was for a suspicious person and they found three men with dozens of questionable credit cards and gift cards which later turned out to be bogus. Usman is charged with 37 counts of Identity Theft and Possession of Forged Instrument (2nd Degree). He was arraigned before Town Justice Mary Pat Donnelly and sent to County Jail. He is due back in court tomorrow, Wednesday, November 5, for a preliminary hearing.

Stolen Gas Unsafely Transported Everyday on LA Freeways  "Bladder trucks" that are loaded with hundreds of gallons of stolen gasoline travel LA's congested freeways every day are a "disaster waiting to happen," according to Agent Steve Scarince of the Secret Service. Scarince leads the task force targeting this potentially explosive crime. He says it is only a matter of time before one of these makeshift tankers gets into a traffic accident. "It would be catastrophic," he said. These vehicles are not designed for this kind of weight, or combustible cargo. Their weight leads to problems with braking, making them "extremely dangerous" particularly on Southern California's extensive network of congested freeways.

Women sought in theft of purses from Macy's in Daytona Beach  Daytona Beach police on Tuesday released video showing two women stealing about $2,000 worth of purses from Macy's. The theft happened on October 23 at the Macy's at 1700 West International Speedway Boulevard. Surveillance video shows two women selecting bags and placing them together on a rack, police said. After checking to see if any employees were nearby, the women grabbed the purses and walked out of the store.

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