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Organized jewelry-theft rings exist in South Florida with one group of Cuban immigrants pulling off more than 20 heist in 18 months. Then there are Colombian gangs that rob traveling jewelry salesman, sometimes spending days shadowing their targets. Other brazen groups use distraction with up to 10 people at once going into the store during business hours. And Miami is the most popular city in the country to fence hot goods. And less then 1% of stolen jewelry is ever recovered. Often times hot jewelry even makes its way back into the retail channel with fences typically paying 25% of the wholesale price to thieves. One task force police officer believes that there are more than 1,000 members of such organized thefts groups operating in the U.S. Theft crews are on the rise according to Robert Taylor, the founder of the nonprofit South American Theft Group Intelligence Network. With most coming from Columbia, Peru or Ecuador. The crews are sophisticated and travel nationwide. (Source

Two weeks back and the Victorville, CA., Retail Crime Free Task Force bust ORC identity theft ring. The program was mothballed two years ago due to staffing issues but brought back two weeks ago. Following a high-speed chase with a stolen U-Haul truck full of stolen electronics and tools Friday morning, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville deputies and members of the Retail Crime Free Task Force arrested two men. Allen Brewster, 21, of Anaheim and Oscar Holguin, 36, of Cathedral City are believed to be responsible for stealing tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise from several companies including Ashley Furniture, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, officials said. Investigators located a second stolen U-Haul truck outside a home on Manzano Street. Inside the home officials found several stolen items including furniture, shoes, decorative trees, electronics and even food. The men were using stolen identities to establish lines of credit with various stores, James explained. They also used stolen checks to purchase high-value items. It’s still unclear what the men would with the stolen items. The case is still ongoing. (Source

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