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ORC 2-11-15




ORC's average case value hits $1.6M in 2014
Once again we can't look at 2012 as this was the first year the Daily was reporting ORC cases. Obviously with better search criteria and more ORC laws on the books throughout the nation we saw a significant increase in 'publicly' reported cases over the last two years. Along with this increased media coverage came more accurate and detailed accountings. Thus we're starting to get a more clear picture of the extent of each case and suspect that'll even get better in 2015, as increased public awareness and law enforcement involvement will absolutely impact the reports even further. Leave it to say that even in a generic form such as these numbers represent the average case value of $1.6 million is a significant number and clearly shows the depth and impact of each case where dollars were assigned.

Tomorrow's report - Case's over $500,000

Year Number of Cases with $ reported Case % Average $
Per Case
2012 317   $460,827
2013 508 60% up $987,873
2014 757 49% up $1,656,610

Montreal Chaverim Catch ORC male after Dramatic Chase
Chaverim was finally able to catch a suspected serial shoplifter in a dramatic chase that came to a close as the suspect was stepping onto a train in the Rosemont Metro station. For several months, Jewish stores on Parc Avenue reported the shoplifting of expensive items to Chaverim. Video surveillance would show a man entering with an empty bag, heading into an area of the store where there are no cameras and exiting with a full bag. Chaverim helped the Jewish shopkeepers file several police reports, collected video footage and built a case on the suspect. On Wednesday morning, Chaverim received a call that a man fitting the suspect's description had just shoplifted a store on Parc Avenue. The shopkeeper had only realized that items had been stolen after the suspect left. Chaverim volunteer units were dispatched and arrived on Parc Avenue just as Chaverim received a report of another shoplifting that had just taken place on the same road. The volunteers located the suspect getting on a bus, getting off without the bag, and hailing a cab after he noticed he was being followed. They eventually caught him and retrieved the merchandise.

Abercrombie and Fitch employee in the Short Hills Mall, (NJ) made $17,000 worth of fake returns  Police say Phillip D. Lee, 24, of Irvington, made 43 fraudulent returns at Abercrombie and Fitch between Dec. 22, 2014 and Jan. 13 of this year. The store's employee allegedly credited the store's accounts for $17,329.83 worth of merchandise that was never returned. Store security had Lee in custody at the store on Feb. 4, where he was arrested and charged with theft, police said. He was released pending a court appearance, officials said. It is unclear how long Lee was employed at the mall store.

West Melbourne Police seeks Target retail theft suspects  According to WMPD Captain Rich Cordeau, the two are accused of switching the price tags on Sony Speaker systems, valued at $399.99 with that of an HDMI cable, which was valued at $39.99. The pair subsequently purchased the Sony speaker system at a substantially discounted price just after 3 p.m. on February 2.

Six Go-Pro Cameras purchased with Counterfeit Credit Card in Franklin, TN  Police have asked for help identifying three suspects who allegedly used a counterfeit credit card. Franklin Police said the three Hispanic suspects caught on surveillance video used the card January 19 at the Cool Springs Mountain High Outfitters store. The sale included six GoPro cameras and a flashlight headband and came to a total of $2,640. According to police, the store's computer system found the card was authentic and the sale was completed. Officials said they were contacted by store management February 4. The bank told those with the store the card was loaded with fraudulent data.

NYPD Organized Theft Squad recovered 128 diamonds  On 2/4/2015 members of the NYPD Organized Theft Squad did arrest 2 individuals for ID Theft and Forged Identifications. Also recovered were 128 assorted colored diamonds, assorted sized in 4 folded jewelers envelopes. It is believed the diamonds are stolen from a Jewelry Tradesman and were likely taken from their place of business, vehicle, person or residence. Arana is an organized residential burglar and is a discretionary predicate felon. At this time the Organized Theft Squad is trying to locate the owner of the diamonds.

More than $1,600 in merchandise stolen from Myrtle Beach Victoria's Secret store 

Woman accused of stealing $1,094 in goods from J.C. Penney in Louisville, KY

ORC 2-11-15
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