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More on Yesterday's $6M Box Stuffing Crew Bust with Video

$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

11 more members of the identity theft ring that used their fake documents to purchase expensive items and gift cards from retailers in the Mid West indicted bringing the total to 17 now. A 26-year-old Richfield man was federal indicted for his alleged role in an identity-theft ring that the feds say is responsible for the loss of more than $2 million from financial institutions and retail businesses in at least 14 states. The indictment also outlines what the U.S. Attorney’s Office called a complex plot to defraud banks and retail businesses, primarily in the Midwest. The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that some of the members of the theft ring were at work when they stole the identification information of other people—and then provided it to co-conspirators who used it to create fake driver’s licenses and identification cards, along with counterfeit checks. Identification information was stolen through other means as well, including mail theft, vehicle break-ins and business burglaries, the indictment alleges. Some of the information was even reportedly purchased from other criminals. The fake documents and counterfeit checks were then used by the alleged fraudsters to purchase expensive items and gift cards at retail stores. Later, but often that same day, after the receipts had been altered, the items were allegedly returned for cash that was divided among those involved in the theft ring. (Source

Skimmer pleads guilty to using fake id's to buy $200,000 in Apple iPads and iPhones. A Houston-area man was on supervised release for access device fraud when he was arrested Aug. 7 in the Houston area. The credit card the suspect tried to use was linked to fraudulent purchases at other Apple stores in Louisiana and Texas and the credit card numbers had been skimmed from an Austin business. (Source

"One-woman shoplifting spree" sounding like a one person ORC operation - busted in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Police said reports of shoplifting incidents had been pouring in from around the city. Security said staff at several stores had seen someone cutting off theft prevention tags before fleeing with clothing items. Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said a large amount of stolen goods has since been recovered "yielding thousands of items." Russell said officers have spent four days cataloguing all of the evidence and are only halfway through. (Source

New Jersey State Police Cargo Theft Unit busted an organized theft ring last week breaking into a warehouse and using tow motors to load their stolen trucks all the while police were video taping them. (Source


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