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$6 million multi-state box-stuffing ORC crew busted in San Diego Five people are in custody and two others are being sought in what authorities described as an interstate shoplifting ring that netted as much as $6 million. In November 2008, police began investigating a crew that would enter a store like Target and head for the electronics department. According to documents obtained by 10News, once in the electronics area the group would employ a box-stuffing technique -- removing an item from a large box and then refilling it with thousands of dollars worth of electronic items. The group would then reseal the box and either pay for the original item or somehow take the box out of the store. Once removed from the store, the documents said the group would sell the items on eBay or to people who would frequently buy from them. Arrest warrants indicated surveillance video captured the crew in the act at dozens of stores a day across several states. (Source
Another example of cooperation between Retailers and Law Enforcement in Combating ORC in South Florida

submitted by Anthony R. Sheppard, CVS/Caremark, Nationwide Mgr, ORC Team

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, CVS LP Director James Lynch and Walgreens ORC Supervisor Ben Dugan presented members of the Broward and Palm Beach Sheriff's Office with awards for their exemplary investigative efforts in a September 2011 investigation named "Operation Tooth Decay." During this investigation by Law enforcement and Retail investigators it was determined that seven professional boosters would travel to multiple counties and professionally shoplift power tooth brushes, replacement heads and Crest white strips. The investigation determined that in a ten day period, the boosters struck in excess of 200 retail stores in S. Florida to include CVS, Walgreens, and several other retailers. The Broward and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Offices were able to indentify an e-commerce fence who sold the stolen product throughout the US. In September 2011 the Broward and Palm Beach Sheriffs Offices executed a court authorized search warrant of the fence location which was a Boca Raton pawn shop. During this search warrant, $80,000 in stolen product was recovered and a significant amount of assets were seized. This investigation is a superb illustration of the cooperation between law enforcement and retail investigators in combating ORC. The following ORC Detectives were recognized for their superior investigative work in identifying, penetrating, and dismantling a multi-million dollar ORC group in S. Florida, and impacting retailers throughout South Florida.

Broward County Sheriffs Office Sergeant Richard Rossman, and Detective Ronald Faircloth. Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office Sergeant Keith Conley, Detective Robert Banuchi, Detective John Giufree, and Detective Ryan Miller.


3 ORC ring ripping off 23 Wal-Marts in the Houston area busted for over $250,000 in stolen merchandise Houston Police officers have arrested three people in connection with high-dollar shoplifting sprees at area Wal-Marts. Wal-Mart cooperated with the investigation conducted by the regional Major Crimes Task Force and circulated a sort of wanted flyer to all area Wal-Mart stores. "Their lookouts worked. They put them out to the stores and those employees recognized the suspects when they came into the store and knew that they were involved in other crimes," said Sgt. Scott Atwood with the Houston Police Major Offenders Unit. (Source

11 more indicted in Mid-West identity theft ring operating our of the Twin Cities The ID-theft ring involved "a complex plot to defraud banks and retail businesses, primarily in the Midwest," the Justice Department said. Earlier this month, prosecutors said nearly 100 people were involved in the ring in some fashion. (Source

Highway Interdiction Unit intercepts Miami shoplifting crew with over $17K in stolen property An organized Miami shoplifting crew on a return trip from an Interstate fueled shoplifting adventure was intercepted during an I-75 traffic stop Thursday afternoon. Three suspects, apparently targeting numerous clothing outlets along the Interstate corridor were arrested with an entire van full of stolen clothing with anti shoplifting devices still attached. (Source

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