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ORC 11-19-14




Six Sought In Retail Theft Ring Targeting Lowes Stores in the Pittsburgh area  Police in McCandless, PA say they've jailed the ring leader of a retail theft group that Lowes stores repeatedly over the last month-and-a-half. Some thieves are discriminating, these were not. "Could be flooring, could be ceiling tiles and the T's for suspended ceiling, various kinds of merchandise that is expensive," said McCandless Police Chief Gary Anderson. Anderson says Lowes came to police with video surveillance of 27-year-old Gunnar Frantz stealing from the store. "He'd put it on a flat cart and walk out of the store with it and he'd carry a piece of paper as if it was a receipt and if someone came towards him, he'd waive it and keep going," said Anderson. He was at the store 13 times throughout October and early November. Anderson says Frantz hit the Lowes in McCandless, Pittsburgh Mills, Gibsonia and Cranberry. "The merchandise was returned by someone else a day or so later for cash or gift card in the similar amount of the value of the merchandise," said Anderson. Store video surveillance and return documentation has identified some of the suspects. Police say there are six they've identified. And because this is Frantz' third strike. Frantz remains in the Allegheny County Jail and the search continues for the other suspects.

'Felony Lane Gang' suspects charged with grand theft and criminal conspiracy in Idaho Several suspects that had human trafficking charges dropped due to an illegal Idaho State Police search are headed into Ada County Jail for using stolen ID's and checks. The group was part of an organized theft ring called the Felony Lane Gang who traveled from Florida and Georgia to Idaho to commit the crimes. The suspects came to Boise originally on October 23rd, 2014 in a rental car after breaking into a vehicle in Twin falls and using account information from the victim to withdraw money. On October 26th, the suspect's were pulled over in eastern Idaho and Derricka McCloud claimed that she was kidnapped by Demiris Field, Kentraviaen Tuff and Bradley Roberts.

California man arrested after 'sophisticated' counterfeit credit card operation discovered in Beaverton, OR hotel   A southern California man suspected of running a "sophisticated" counterfeit credit card operation out of a Beaverton hotel was arrested over the weekend, according to the city's police department. Officers on Sunday morning began investigating a suspicious car outside a hotel and learned the car was associated with a man who used a fake driver's license to get a room, said Officer Mike Rowe, a Beaverton police spokesman. Detectives responded and determined that the 2007 Mercedes was associated with an identity theft case in California: Someone in July had used someone else's identity to get a $40,000 loan for the car, Rowe said. The identify theft was reported to police earlier this month.

Robbery Of Baby Products From Supermarket Leads To 100-MPH Chase On I-580 With Toddler In Back Seat  Three people have been arrested after the theft of baby products from a supermarket and a high-speed chase on an East Bay highway that included a toddler in the back seat of the suspect car. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office identified the three suspects as 37-year-old Tiffany Thurman, 22-year-old Catrina Freeman, and 22-year-old Marquez Trent, all Oakland residents. Deputies said the incident began Monday when the three went inside a Castro Valley Safeway store to steal baby products and diapers, allegedly getting into a fight with security guards before taking off with the items. Deputies spotted their white SUV on Interstate 580 and pulled it over in San Leandro. At that point, Thurman got out of the vehicle and it sped away again. The deputies chased the vehicle into Oakland at speeds reaching 100 miles and hour before calling off the chase after learning from Thurman her 2-year-old child was inside the backseat of the SUV. The sheriff's department said officers later learned Freeman, Trent and the toddler were at a home on 69th Ave. in east Oakland. Oakland police and California Highway Patrol officers assisted deputies in entering the home and arresting the suspects as well as locating the child who was not hurt, officers said.

Shoplifter targets teeth-whitening strips at Warren, OH Kmart stores
Warren police are on the lookout for a shoplifter who may have a bright smile. An officer was called to the Parkman Road K-Mart on Sunday when a store employee reported that a man went to the dental aisle and loaded a bag with 21 packages of Crest White Strips, then left the store. The store estimates that the total value of the tooth whitening product is nearly $1,061.

San Antonio, TX Couple arrested, using baby stroller to shoplift at Kohl's  A couple used a baby stroller to steal items from a department store, an arrest affidavit stated. Christina Contreras, 33, shoplifted from a Kohl's department store on Potranco Road on more than one occasion, the affidavit stated. San Antonio police said Rene Trevino, 40, was the driver of the getaway car. Both suspects were arrested on theft charges Tuesday. The couple also have prior arrests for theft. Contreras was out on bond stemming from another theft case at the time of her latest arrest, the affidavit stated.

Tulsa, OK Police Recover Stolen Car After Shoplifting Incident At Walmart
Tulsa Police officers recovered a stolen car after a shoplifting incident at a Walmart store at Admiral and Memorial late Tuesday. Officers got the call to the store at 11:30 p.m. after two men and a woman reportedly were seen stealing several items from the store. As the suspects left the store, police said a store loss prevention officer approached the trio but one of the men flashed a handgun and the employee backed off. Officers said two of the suspects took a number of items out of an Acura Integra parked in the store's lot and jumped into a Chevy Avalanche pickup truck which drove away.


Utah Organized Retail Crime Organization Training Course Recap

By Ricky Casey
LP Field Investigator, Shopko Stores

The Utah Organized Retail Crime Organization (UTORCA) hosted a special training event for its members on September 23-24, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2 Day Written Statement Analysis course was taught by retired U.S. Treasury Special Agent in Charge Ernest Valverde and focused on detection of deception in written statements, the use of a written employee questionnaire and corresponding interviewing techniques. Attendees included professionals from law enforcement, retail loss prevention, and military investigation units. The response to the training was overwhelmingly positive and UTORCA thanks Ernest Valverde for willing to donate his time and vast knowledge in the interest of combating organized crime.

UTORCA remains strongly committed to the professional development of its 700+ members by holding regular industry relevant training opportunities and a yearly educational/networking conference. If you are interested in being an instructor for one of UTORCA's trainings or conferences, please email UTORCA Training & Education Committee Chairman Adam Ainsworth at


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