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"Thieves in Law" transnational criminal gang of 4 indicted in Switzerland -managers of a Europe-wide organized crime ring. Believed to be behind a wave of burglaries and organized shoplifting in the Alpine nation police are investigating more than 30 others in this transnational gang. Sporting tattoos showing their rank and function and speaking their own language. The investigation began in 2009 and it's said the gang goes back 20 years to the former Soviet Union. (Source Associated Press)

ORC ring leader gets 5 yrs probation and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution or spend 7 years in prison. Busted November 2010 Michael Johnson, 43, had been the ring leader of a group of 5 stealing merchandise, returning it for gift cards and selling the cards on eBay. The ring operated in Ypsilanti, Mi., and was hitting Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sears, Dunham's Sporting Goods, Kohl's and Office Max stores around southeast Michigan. Johnson and his operatives were arrested in November 2010 after investigators from Marmaxx turned over their findings to police, Det. Sgt. Busch said. She said the loss-prevention investigators from these companies are usually the ones who deal with the large conspiracies such as this and do a great job in helping police and prosecutors with the cases. (Source

The last two of a five member counterfeit currency ring that had been hitting retailers busted in Missouri Authorities say the men are the last of five people involved in producing and using counterfeit bills at stores and restaurants in Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Dexter and Sikeston in early October. (Source

Is there an ORC Ring operating in Gwinnett County Ga.??? A Gwinnett County man accused of stealing several flat-screen TVs by simply walking out of a store could be connected to other cases, police said. Surveillance video from Jan. 15 at the Wal-Mart on Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville shows two men in the electronics department looking at televisions. Later, they're seen loading several into shopping carts and walking out. On that night, police said, the men walked out with five flat screens. Lawrenceville Police arrested Koso Lenga this week, but are still looking for others. They are comparing notes with other Gwinnett County cities and other metro counties that had similar crimes. (Source

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