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Gun wielding shoplifter on the lose in Albuquerque, N.M., hitting Wal-Mart stores multiple times and stealing flat-screen TV's in one hand and a gun in the other. Police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who they said was caught on tape stealing a flat-screen television. Detectives with Albuquerque Police Department's Organized Crime Unit said the man already hit twice in just a week. (Source

Friday Victoria's Secret in Boca Raton's Town Center Mall got hit again for 600 pairs of panties - worth $6,300 - 9 days after busting two Miami-Dade women linked to an "elaborate lingerie fraud targeting Victoria's Secret shops across the area since October. Surveillance video at the store shows two women, who appear to be in their 30s, stealing the underwear around 2:30 p.m., according to Boca Raton police. Their Boynton Beach Mall store got hit 11 times according to police and Tone Center store at least four times. They went after bras from Victoria's Secret's "Very Sexy" and "Miraculous" lines, as well as "The Gorgeous Collection." Police have not said whether they suspect Friday's heist is connected to others in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. (Source


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

The Government Accountability Office report on Organized Retail Crime, Dated June 2011

Retailers and Law Enforcement Collaborate to Investigate Potential ORC Cases, and Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Better Track ORC

State and Local Efforts - Although retailers play a major role in identifying and developing ORC cases, criminal investigation of these activities largely falls on state and local law enforcement, which typically prosecute retail crimes under state criminal laws. However, four of the eight local law enforcement agencies we spoke with noted that retail theft—and property crime in general—is often viewed as a lower priority than violent crimes. As a result, there are generally limited resources to combat ORC at the local level and any investigations are often conducted on a case-by-case basis, weighing competing resource priorities and the likelihood of successful criminal prosecution. According to several retail and law enforcement stakeholders we interviewed, individual detectives responsible for investigating property crime are often the driving force behind decisions to pursue potential ORC investigations, sometimes due to prior experience with retail theft or pawn shop cases. However, five law enforcement stakeholders noted that there is increasing awareness that ORC is a serious crime—rather than petty shoplifting—and is often linked to other types of criminal activity. (Source

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