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ORC 11-24-14




"Operation Holiday Heist" Organized Retail Theft Investigation Results in 37 Arrest, Uncovers Counterfeiting Operations  Polk County Sheriff's Organized Retail Crime Task Force detectives, with assistance from Retail Alliance Partners Lowes, Bealls, Publix, Target, and Walmart, arrested 37 people during an investigation targeting those who commit retail theft from November 20th through November 22. Detectives worked in retail stores and parking lots in order to disrupt and apprehend shoplifters. Of the 37 suspects arrested, 26 committed retail theft - 22 adults and 4 juveniles. After selecting and concealing the merchandise, these suspects exited the businesses, and passed all points of the sale without purchasing the items. 26 have criminal histories, for a total of 240 previous charges. 12 of the suspects told detectives they receive federal assistance. During the investigation, a group of four suspects making counterfeit U.S. currency was discovered. Two search warrants were served, resulting in the seizure of counterfeit bills and equipment used to make counterfeit money, including linen paper, paper cutter, two all-in-one printers, glitter glue, metallic pens, degreaser, and a flat iron. Seven other arrests that took place during the investigation were not theft-related offenses.


Duo charged with stealing $10,000 in goods from Walmart, fleeing police
Oneida, N.Y., police charged two men with stealing more than $10,000 in goods from Walmart over multiple trips that ended in a chase.

Large Scale Identity Theft Ring Operating in Manlius, N.Y.
Manlius police are investigating a "large-scale identify theft case" in which five people are suspected of using stolen credit card information to make replica cards. All five suspects, four men and one woman, have been caught on security footage, police said. Two of the men were seen on camera in a dark-colored hatchback vehicle with gold New York license plates. Investigators have asked that anyone with information on the crimes or suspects involved contact the Manlius Police Department at 315-682-8673 or

Mother and daughter charged with baby formula thefts in Michigan  A mother-daughter team suspected of stealing hundreds of cans of baby formula across Michigan to resell are being charged with recent thefts from a Meijer store in Norton Shores. Sue Surian, 55, and her 29-year-old daughter Lisa are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Muskegon District Court on felony charges of first-degree retail fraud and organized retail crime. The two have quite a bit of experience in shoplifting, according to court records. Both were convicted in Montcalm County of shoplifting from a Walmart store in Greenville and sentenced to six months' probation. A week after the Oct. 27 sentencing, Norton Shores police released surveillance photos of two women suspected of stealing more than $1,000 worth of baby formula.

Abercrombie & Fitch thief arrested with $2,700 in merchandise in Rochester, NY
A Rochester man, Cory Thompson, 26, is accused of stealing nearly $2,700 worth of clothes from the Abercrombie & Fitch store at Eastview Mall back on November 10th. Deputies in Ontario County say he threatened to shoot an employee as he fled the store, although Thompson did not show a weapon. Deputies said Thompson was arraigned Friday. They add that he's a suspect in several other thefts from that same store.

Toms River, NJ pair accused of stealing $2K in merchandise from Kmart

Second time in three days Wake County Sheriff's bust men with 30+ counterfeit credit cards in N.C.

Couple steals 23 GPS units from Franklin, Tenn., Walmart

Fort Walton, FL Police arrest 3 in failed shoplifting attempt at Walmart

ORC 11-24-14
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