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Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

The U.S. Government's Accountability Office report on ORC (June 2011) found the following, Part 3 of 3

What GAO Found

Leading online marketplaces have taken steps to combat ORC and e-fencing, but it is unclear if additional federal action would further deter this practice. eBay, the largest online marketplace, has recently taken steps to deter e-fencing, but varying business models and available resources may impact efforts of other online marketplaces. Efforts by eBay are designed to make it more responsive to requests for information from both retailers and law enforcement, both of which usually need seller information to link stolen merchandise to specific people. Retail and law enforcement stakeholders GAO interviewed identified two options—both imposing restrictions on sellers using online marketplaces—they felt could help combat ORC. However, these options would require legislative changes to implement, and it is unknown what deterrent effect the options may have on ORC and e-fencing. (Source

In commenting on a draft copy of this report, DOJ and DHS provided technical clarifications, which the GAO incorporated where appropriate.

Victoria's Secret Bra Bandits ORC ring led by "Pink" busted in South Florida after months of operating. Her last name is Pink, and police say she has a penchant for brazenly boosting sexy bras and panties from Victoria's Secret. It was an elaborate lingerie fraud across South Florida going back to October, involving repeated, stealthy strikes at the stores, in which hundreds of bras and panties worth more than $34,000 were stolen. The thieves targeted bras from Victoria's Secret's "Very Sexy" and "Miraculous" lines, as well as "The Gorgeous Collection." The Boynton Beach store was hit 11 times, police said; the Town Center store was hit at least twice. Police and Victoria's Secret security personnel had been playing a cat-and-mouse game with the thieves for more than a month, when one of them was first identified returning stolen merchandise to a Victoria's Secret store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. (Source

Convicted serial shoplifter was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he shoplifted from six Tulsa stores within months of his release from 2 yrs in prison for 5 shoplifting counts. Stacy Gene Bunch, 39, is accused of stealing $2,385.52 worth of merchandise between Sept. 16 and Nov. 2, court records show. He was released from prison Aug. 12 after serving more than two years for five shoplifting convictions and is set to be on probation for a sixth conviction until April. (Source

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