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LPNN's Exclusive interview with the San Diego Detective Dave Iorillo who busted the "Box Stuffer Crew" for $6.4 million. This crew stole well in excess of the $6.4 million they were busted for - with the Detective estimating they stole over $12 million. Here's our exclusive interview we had with the Detective at last weeks Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association's 3rd annual conference, and a brief case history.

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On November 11, 2011 the Daily first reported on the Box Stuffer ORC case. Over the course of many years, the box stuffer crew traveled to at least 20 states, reportedly making over a million dollars each year. The crew would go to the electronics department of a store, empty a large box and refill it with thousands of dollars in electronics. The group would reseal the box and either pay for the original item or walk out of the store without paying. They would then sell the items on eBay or to in-person buyers.

On January 23 of this year, the Daily reported that five people were in custody regarding this case. The authorities described the group as an interstate shoplifting ring that netted as much as $6 million. Police began the investigation in 2008.

ORC rings hit the UK as well with one gang serving time and ordered to pay back $229,000 to local retailers. The gang of nine hit stores, stealing merchandise and returning the items for cash or selling the stolen merchandise online, with the cash laundered through their bank accounts. The gang leader enlisted known drug users to swipe high-value goods across Bucks and Oxfordshire. They've all been given prison sentences varying from 2-4 months with restitution ordered. The Thames Valley Police's economic crime unit led the investigation and was pleased with the outcome, commenting "It is wrong, especially in the current financial climate that criminals are seen to benefit from their crimes and we will make every effort to ensure that within our communities crime will not pay." (Source

U.S. Government Accountability Office report on Organized Retail Crime dated June 2011 shows no federal agency had been keeping track of or monitoring the ORC problem in the U.S. As of February 2011, the FBI initiated a program across the bureau that is intended to enhance the level of detail of case-related information and improve data collection and reporting efforts. Specifically, personnel are required to use a collection of Crime Problem Indicator (CPI) codes when entering data into the FBI's case management system. The CPI codes include a combination of mission-oriented threat priorities, as well as case-specific keywords and activity types. If implemented as envisioned, this effort could allow the FBI to mine the case management system for all cases involving ORC. Without this critical information how can we, as an industry, truly measure the impact and the problem, and come up with the solutions necessary based on analytical data? Certainly within two years we may have a clearer national picture but only from the FBI's perspective. (Source

Small Abilene, TX., ORC group of three stealing merchandise and returning the items for gift cards apprehended and charged with organized retail theft. The preliminary investigation revealed that all three suspects conspired to steal merchandise and then go back into the store to redeem the merchandise for a store gift card. The gift card was recovered and all three suspects were arrested for organized retail theft. (Source

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