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December 23, 2011
1.  ORC suspect busted who had been shipping his loot to Argentina and hitting stores in multiple
2.  ORC Ring of 3 busted for hitting 9 Target stores in Florida
3.  Shoplifting and ORC is up 36% this holiday season in Savannah, GA

December 22, 2011
 Warehouse thefts quickly turn in to ORC arrests
ORC is a world wide problem and even happens in New Zealand
Coordinated shoplifting rings target Wilmington, NC, stores
4.  Small ORC female group busted at Naples, FL, Mall

December 21, 2011
 Washington DC area retailers see spike in thefts & ORC.
Small ORC group arrested at West Towne Mall, in Madison, Wis., Monday night.

December 20, 2011
 Tulsa Police implements new task force to stop shoplifters

December 19, 2011
 Organized Retail Crime is increasing in the Washington DC area.

December 16, 2011
 Md. man- Ring Leader- convicted in identity theft, credit card skimming case that victimized 780

Ticket switching team arrested in Boise with $18,000 worth of merchandise in their car.
ORC team of two caught at Costco in Eden Prairie, Minn.
NYPD officer arrested in connection with the massive 94 people identity theft ring that was busted
     recently in NY.

December 15, 2011
 ORC teams formed in Las Vegas - Metro cops on hunt for shoplifting gangs
Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Retail Anti-Theft Teams (RATT) on the hunt
Knoxville Area Law Enforcement Retail Theft (ALERT Task Force) team racks up arrests
Accidental pocket dialed 911 call gave police the whole story and even their location after stealing
    DVD's and computer games.

December 14, 2011
Organized theft is the nation's fastest-growing crime, according to the FBI.
With healthy holiday sales comes a companion rise in organized shoplifting, Portland-area retailers

December 13, 2011
ORC suspects apprehended in Mesa Arizona for $40,000 in razors.
5 arrested during investigation of Durham-area ORC retail theft ring.

December 12, 2011
 Dayton, Ohio area Miami Township deputy police chief says ORC has gotten worse in the past two
     to three years.

Members of shoplifting ORC ring get probation.
Flash Burglary in Houston's Galleria Hermes of Paris store that in 4 minutes gets tens of

December 9, 2011
LAAORCA Article Featured In LP Magazine.
Shoplifting rings target grocery-list items and Prince George's special retail crime unit has helped
     stop $10 million in 9 months.

December 8, 2011
 The skimming thieves at 20 Lucky Supermarkets self-checkout lanes story continues to evolve with
     over 1,000 calls from customers saying they've been victims.

More on the ORC $50,000 toy shoplifting spree that hit 90 stores over 7 to 10 days in New York
     and PA.

ORC charges brought against two suspects for hitting multiple Target Stores in Mesa, Arizona.
Counterfeit American Express travelers cheques popping up at Dartmouth, Mass., retailers

December 7, 2011
 CVS and Rite Aid shut down two fences in Atlantic City, NJ
Identity thieves hit Lucky Supermarkets and skim the VeriFone card readers in Northern California
Identity theft ring busted in Paramus N.J. at Fashion Center after one arrested suspect gets a text
     that says "DIP" - meaning get out of there.

December 6, 2011
Dallas Police Chief announces new "organized retail theft" program.

December 5, 2011
Toys R Us Organized Retail Crime efforts have been paying off.
5 charged in Walmart ORC ring in Utica, New York.

December 2, 2011
10 Indicted In Alleged Check Cashing Ring hitting Wal-Mart stores in Kentucky.
Elaborate check fraud operation shut down that hit big box stores from Tallahassee to Waycross
     and Macon to Albany.

December 1, 2011
Police Open Van Used In ORC Shoplifting Spree
Woburn, Mass., Burlington Mall Bra Robbery May Be Linked To Out-of-State ORC Shoplifting Ring

November 30, 2011
 3 Arrested In Multi-State ORC Shoplifting Spree
Does stealing 90 pairs of jeans from Kohl's constitute ORC?
Habitual shoplifter and accomplice using booster bags busted at Rhode Island's Emerald Square

ORC 'grab and run' thieves and fence in Houston get busted after two week run.
Second in Command of nation wide ID theft ring pleads guilty and tells all.

November 29, 2011
1.  Trio arrested in Ross suspected in theft spree that included stops at 80 to 90 stores and crossed
     state lines in New York.

November 28, 2011
1.  Buffalo Kmart shoplifting spree leads to arrest of five ORC suspects in a rented car Friday morning
     at 8am.
2.  ORC team of two busted in a multi-city and multi-state theft scheme last Tuesday evening that
     involves the JCPenney store in Ocala, Florida

November 23, 2011
1. Second Maryland 7-Eleven Hit by a "Birthday Party" Flash Mob Attack of 50+ youths Saturday
2.  Questions Arise Over Whether 'Flash Mob' Attacks in U.S. Cities Motivated by Race

November 22, 2011
1. Waco-area ORC Gang of Four arrested in Corsicana, TX hitting Harvie's for possibly over two years.

November 21, 2011
1.  Organized Retail Theft Sting Nabs 59 People in Chicago
2.  Police bust ORC ring hideout
3.  ORC ring Leads Investigators To Money Laundering Scheme in Chattanooga.
4.  An identity theft ring of over 12 current and former waiters and their associates from NYC's top
     steakhouses busted for $1 million credit card.

November 18, 2011
1.  Baby formula thieves arrested in Massachusetts.

November 17, 2011
1.  Woman admits to police that she shoplifted $12,000 from Fry’s Grocery Stores.

November 16, 2011
1.  Senior Citizen in Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleas 'no contest' to racketeering in ORC case.
2.  Ex-CSK Auto CEO giving back $2.8M in SEC accord.

November 14, 2011
1.  Rochester. N.Y. pair busted after going on a shoplifting spree at Eastview Mall

November 9, 2011
1.  Target ORC Case involved an insider in Texas
2.  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ORC gang of 5 arrested after hitting 7 stores including
3.  UPDATED: Fraud ring strikes Target stores in 11 counties in Pa. and Delaware
4.  Atlanta family hit 15 Target stores in theft scam
5.  Two arrested for their roles in a national identity theft ring that stole over $9 million.

November 8, 2011
1.  McMinnville, Oregon's Tactical Support Team raided an Amity area residence this week and
     arrested Adam Scroggins, 38, on charges of running a retail theft ring.
2.  Costa Mesa, Calif., organized fencing operation busted

November 7, 2011
1.  Four Mississippi suspects arrested for the theft of $6000 worth of PlayStations.
2.  "The Crew" of the Detroit area arrested.

November 4, 2011
1.  Philly area ORC ring of price switchers busted by Montgomery and Lehigh county officials.
2.  Reno ORC ring Id'ed and police found the main suspect

November 1, 2011
1.  A North Bergen, New Jersey man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 41 months in prison
     for being the mastermind behind a nearly $1 million cargo theft ring.
2.  ORC mom and son duo hitting 13+ times at Target stores

October 31, 2011
1.  Kroger gets convictions in $500,000 Big K cola four-year scam operating out of their Sharonville
2.  Pennsylvania Target shoplifter is suspected of thefts from 24 stores in PA and New Jersey.
3.  Major ORC Ring of 9 women identified in multi city theft ring in Charlotte, NC

October 28, 2011
1.  Nashville, TN Kroger Co ORC team and Nashville PD dismantle ORC fencing operation
2.  Cleveland ORC Ring identified

October 27, 2011
1.  Murder parolee and his two ex-con buddies busted this past weekend at Philadelphia Premium
     Outlets Sony Outlet store stealing a laptop

October 26, 2011
1.  Practical Information to Combat Organized Retail Crime Presented at North Carolina ORC

October 25, 2011
1.  Albuquerque ORC ring busted, believe ring leader is still at large.

October 24, 2011
1.  Flash Robs coming to a town near you this holiday season!
2.  Three women shoplifting spree in Watertown, NY ends when they're busted in TJ Maxx
3.  Even China has ORC and they could get a life sentence

October 21, 2011
1.  2nd Annual Southwest Organized Retail Crime Conference

October 20, 2011
1.  Downtown Los Angeles smash and grab robbery

October 19, 2011
1.  $3 Million in Counterfeit Goods seized in Washington DC farmers market.
2.  Delaware, Ohio ORC credit card fraud case turns up additional victims because of a rant on

October 18, 2011
1.  Houston ORC Investigation uncovers $150,000 stolen cell phones.
2.  Seattle area Store Owner sentenced to sixteen months for ORC.

October 14, 2011
1.  On Thursday, police authorities and retailers shared information that can help them fight organized
     crime rings.
2.  Authorities discovered more than $2 million worth of stolen plastic pallets

October 13, 2011
1.  The 81,000 cans of Baby formula seizure of 2007 ends up with jail time
2.  Macy's Security guard spots two Romanian con-artists slight of hand – short change scam
     artists that may have been working the country
3.  Operation Booster in South Florida leads to several arrests of an ORC ring targeting
     Wal-Mart and Target stores.
4.  Follow up to last weeks "Operation Swiper" the largest ID theft ring busted in U.S. history

October 12, 2011
1.  Summit County Sheriff's Office in Akron, Ohio has broken up a massive ORC ring involving
     more than 50 people and operating in three states
2.  Watertown, NY professional ORC ring of three women busted
3.  "Operation Light Fingers" -
Shoplifting and ORC in Australia is becoming the fastest
     growing business in their country and costing $4 billion a year

4.  A "relentless" manhunt is on – PetSmart robbery Saturday in San Mateo, CA

October 10, 2011
1.  Operation "Swiper" the largest identity theft bust in U.S. history with 111 suspects and
     members of 5 organized crime rings
2.  Nashua, NH ORC couple arrested this weekend working two malls
3.  ORC ring in Suffolk County NY of two men hitting three Wal-Mart stores in one day
4.  Albuquerque man stealing from Home Depot and Lowe’s on multiple occasions was using
     homeless people
5.  C.L.E.A.R. 2nd Annual Training Conference

October 7, 2011
1.  Phoenix is in the Top 10 cities for ORC and costs the state $32M in tax revenue a year
2.  NEW FINANCIAL MAPPING PATTERN, submitted by Jerry Biggs, Director, ORC Division,

October 5, 2011
1.  Six-member interstate identity theft gang stopped
2.  Palm Beach County, FL Sheriff's Office deputies are trying to identify a couple who pulled
     a knife on a security guard during a robbery at Marshalls
3.  A 19-year-old man received a 97-year sentence Monday in federal court after robbing
4.  The Bay County (Panama City), FL Sheriff’s Office will host a meeting of Financial
     Institutions and Retail Businesses Stopping Theft (FIRST)

October 4, 2011
1.  Albuquerque police said they have busted a very active ORC ring
2.  A Delaware County grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, has indicted seven people who
     authorities say operated a multicounty theft ring

October 3, 2011
1.  Law Enforcement Sweep uncovers ORC Ring in Kansas City
2.  Organized retail crime rings have become a serious issue in southern Colorado
3.  Target ORC Investigators bust metro wide string of shoplifting thefts in four cities in Dakota
     County MN. and 8 other cities
4.  St. Petersburg, FL police arrested the suspect in three armed robberies in five days

September 30, 2011

1.  Counterfeit cash gang arrested passing counterfeit $100 bills at Staples in Norwich, Conn.
2.  More on yesterday's 14 indicted, Dallas County ORC bust with TJX Companies taking the
3.  $1 million elaborate ORC scheme

September 29, 2011

1.  Pawn Shop Manager and 2 "suppliers" apprehended in a Million $$ Boca Raton ORC case
2.  Female ORC group busted in Dallas
3.  Laguna Beach Police bust a Credit Card Fraud Ring

September 28, 2011
1.  Interstate ORC ring busted in Dayton, Ohio

September 27, 2011
1.  The "Organized retail crime is $30-billion business nationwide" article is spreading
     throughout the U.S.
2.  Two young shoplifters at Wal-Mart store in Santa Fe led police on a high-speed chase
3   Saturday's armed robbery/shoplifter who pulled a knife on a Kohl's LP officer in Laurel,
     MD, was arrested
4.  Jackson, Michigan, Long John Silver's armed robbery Friday night

September 26, 2011
1.  Fifth Annual New England Organized Retail Crime Symposium and Trade Show
2.  Cleveland OH news article with interviews from Joe LaRocca and other executives 
3  The ORC ring leader we reported on Friday in South Jersey, Frank Zaveckas, was arrested

September 23, 2011
1.  Gary Giordano was the center of an ORC theft operation in Montgomery County
2.  Phoenix ORC bust was a result of collaborative Valley police work
3.  ORC ring leader identified who's been hitting stores in three South Jersey counties

September 22, 2011
1.  Update on the "Orlando Drag Queens" apprehended in Joann Fabrics

September 20, 2011
1.  "The Florence Girls" arrested, 3 women from Colbert County, AL shoplifting at Belks
2.  Three of four cross-dressing ORC men arrested in Joann Fabrics

September 16, 2011
1.  Scotland's most prolific "Queen super-shoplifting mob BOSS" gets six months in jail
2.  Tide has become an ORC Hot Item and thieves are cleaning up all over
3.  Speaking at the New England ORC Symposium next week are the three Tilton, NH, police
     detectives who busted the nationwide counterfeit check ring
4.  ORC is hitting a new world with people getting busted stealing coupons out of Sunday papers.
5.  The ORC ring operating out of Ohio that was busted this week reaches 65 indictments

September 15, 2011
1.  Phoenix ORC Ring busted

September 14, 2011
1. Joe LaRocca, Senior AP Advisor for NRF on Albuquerque PD's new economic crimes section

September 12, 2011
1.  Major ORC ring busted in Perrysburg Township, Ohio
2.  Husband-wife ORC ring identified and apprehended hitting Kohl's stores in New Jersey.
3.  Wyandotte, Mi. ORC ring

August 29, 2011
1.  Denton, Texas, police arrested the "fences" for the a major shoplifting ring
2.  Cross dressing ORC ring operating in Nashville, TN hit the downtown area last week
3.  Terrell, Texas Police bust a fencing operation at Seven Day's Drive-In,
4.  ORC ring of two busted in San Francisco

August 26, 2011
1.  Rite Aid "The Time is Now" Cigarette Case Update

August 25, 2011

1.  Pennsylvania Man Charged with Organized Retail Theft With over 90 thefts from Lowes and Home

August 24, 2011
1.  San Diego ORC Alliance Conference Friday, August 19, 2011
2.  ORC is a gateway crime and here's proof!
3.  ORC ring of two women stole over $300,000 since March 2011
4.  Traveling counterfeit check ORC ring apprehended
5.  ORC family ring of father-mother-daughter arrested

August 23, 2011
1.  ORC ring apprehended selling goods on line

August 19, 2011
1.  Cargo Theft a Growing Part of Organized Retail Crime
August 17, 2011

1.  ORC Ring in Hendersonville, Tenn.

August 16, 2011
1.  Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association (LAAORCA) Creates the "Organized Theft
2.  Press Release - Organized Crime Collaborative Network Expanded

August 11, 2011
NACDS Praises U.S. Senator Schumer for Introduction of
Bipartisan Legislation to Help Curb Organized Theft of Medical Products
August 10, 2011

1.  ACTIVE = ORC Ring operating in Prince George County, MD
2.  Stealing thousands of dollars every time they hit at Bowie, MD Safeway Store
3.  Are they hitting you?

August 9, 2011

1.  LAAORCA – Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association
2.  Security Magazine's listing of "Most Influential People in Security 2011"
3.  Recognizes two Police Officers efforts with LAAORCA 

August 8, 2011
1.  HEB's Operation Meat Locker Helps law enforcement bust ORC Ring selling stolen meat to 3 restaurants 

August 5, 2011
1.  Police, Retailers Work Together to Fight Retail Theft

August 4, 2011

1.  Investigators bust two organized retail crime rings in King County Drug addicts are top shoplifters

August 3, 2011

1.  The CSRA is being hit with ORC

August 1, 2011

1.  Organized Retail Crime A Threat To Business
2.  South Los Angeles Gangs Hit 8 Retailers Along Broadway Since June

July 27, 2011
1.  "myotherjob2001" made $10,000 a month Hitting Safeway Stores

July 26, 2011

1.  A City Wide Approach to Organized Retail Crime (Day 3 of 3)

July 25, 2011

1.  Seattle's "Operation Super Booster" – A City Wide Approach to Organized Retail Crime
     (Day 2 of 3)

July 22, 2011
1.  Seattle's "Operation Super Booster" – A City Wide Approach to Organized Retail Crime
    (Day 1 of 3)

July 21, 2011
1.  South Carolina Multi-State Fencing Operation and ORC Ring Busted
2.  Suspected of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

July 20, 2011
1.  Walgreens and CVS Teaming Together to Fight ORC

May 16, 2011
1.  Supplied by Jerry Biggs, Walgreens, Director – Organized Retail Crime Division

May 9, 2011

1.  The Organized Retail Crime effort at Kroger -- Great Job Kroger! Led by Dennis Dansak, Corporate
     Manager, ORC

March 9, 2011
1.  Denny Dansik, Corporate Manager, ORC, The Kroger Co.

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