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

The U.S. Government Accountability Office ORC report June 2011

Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate with Retailers to Investigate ORC, and Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Improve ORC Case Tracking

State and Local Efforts
: Local law enforcement typically becomes aware of potential ORC cases through retail investigators but law enforcement may also identify suspicious activity, such as the discovery of large quantities of retail merchandise, during routine calls or traffic stops. If law enforcement decides to initiate an ORC investigation, it will routinely work closely with retailers to develop the case, which may include conducting additional surveillance or undercover "buybacks," and attempting to "flip" lower level boosters to build a case to higher level entities, as applicable. If ORC activity spans across multiple jurisdictions, the investigation may be worked in conjunction with other law enforcement entities, potentially to include county or state level resources. For example, one state law enforcement official we interviewed noted that investigators may be able to leverage the resources of specialized units at the county level dedicated to burglary or economic crimes. According to officials from four of the law enforcement agencies we interviewed, linking multiple retail theft events across jurisdictions is often essential to build an ORC case large enough to be considered for felony prosecution by a district or state attorney’s office. For example, after identifying a similar pattern of thefts occurring across San Diego County in 2008, a detective with the San Diego police department helped establish a task force with law enforcement partners from neighboring jurisdictions to investigate an ORC group suspected of stealing up to $1 million in merchandise. This group, which was run by two brothers, included a network of highly sophisticated boosters, as well as accomplices who would pre-sort sizes and position merchandise to facilitate theft. The group would routinely target malls in different parts of the county to reduce the chance of law enforcement connecting the events. As a result of the joint investigation, one of the brothers was convicted and 78 individual theft cases were closed. As discussed later, federal entities may also play a role if a retail crime case develops substantially in scope or complexity.  (Source

The Secret World of Shoplifting Every single day in the US and Canada, there are more than 600,000 shoplifting incidents. Eighty percent of us admit to having stolen at least once in our lives. One out of every 10 of us shoplifts often. And now, organized crime has discovered that it's a low risk way to turn a handsome profit. This 44 minute video looks at the rise in retail crime, featuring security camera footage, the latest crime-fighting technology and interviews from both sides of the law. (source

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