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Submitted by Jason Gonzales, CVS ORC Investigator

CVS ORC Investigators with Palmdale Sherriff's (Calif) "hit the mother load" and busted ORC ring Over the course of the past year, the ring had stolen $250,000-$300,000 of high-end merchandise from CVS Pharmacies in the Los Angeles County area. Those involved in the burglaries took cosmetics and products from the stores then resold them at swap meets. "They got away with this for about a year and a half," Kennedy said as deputies carried boxes and trash bags filled with expensive items from the house. When the couple stole about $11,000 of merchandise two nights ago from the Arleta store, detectives decided to pay a visit to the couple’s home. The deputies also visited a storage unit belonging to the couple where they found more stolen merchandise. CVS security had been working on finding and breaking up the ring for a year, but when the ring began operating in Antelope Valley, security teamed up with Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives who spent a month and a half on the case. (Source

5 Nashville residents busted for hitting Wal-Mart stores for $700,000 using bad checks to purchase prepaid debit cards in Tennessee and five other states. According to the indictment, the group’s scheme involved presenting checks to Wal-Mart cashiers with a note attached to it directing the cashier to process the check as cash. The note would be signed “CSM” to mislead cashiers into thinking it had been signed by a customer service manager. The checks were stolen or written on closed accounts, according to the indictment, and were used to purchase prepaid debit cards, usually in the amount of $900. (Source

More on the $6 million Box-stuffing crew busted last week. Originally published before the holidays that police had busted a few of them, and pulled off the Daily at the request of police while they were still pursuing some of the crew, the case is bigger than the reported $6 million according to our sources. And had been operating for years all over the country with a number of LP executives from numerous retailers involved in the investigation nationwide. This was a major case for our industry and quite frankly didn't get the coverage the size warranted. Here's some video released last week with the story. (source

2 ORC ring leaders convicted for $100,000 theft ring hitting Lowe's stores They led a theft ring that would steal high-value items from Lowe's stores in Washington and four other states and use altered drivers licenses in their fraud. Seven members of the conspiracy were originally charged. Five pleaded guilty prior to trial and most will be sentenced later this year. According to records in the case and testimony at trial, members of the conspiracy would steal items, such as expensive faucets, from Lowe’s stores by placing them in large boxes for sinks or toilets. The conspirators would leave the store paying only the lower price for the sink or toilet. In the ensuing weeks, members of the conspiracy would return the stolen items to different Lowe’s stores throughout Arizona, Oregon, California, Oklahoma and Washington, in exchange for gift cards. Lowe’s security, however, was able to detect the activities of the ring and worked with the U.S. Secret Service and King County Sheriff’s Office detectives to investigate their activities. Great Job Lowe's ORC team. (Source

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