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Three ORC rings operating in Nashville "targeting specific stores and locations" and police are concerned they may be getting more violent. Police said they are organized and know what they want. Police told Channel 4 News one shoplifting ring, comprised of two men and two women, have targeted five T.J. Maxx stores in Middle Tennessee and two in Nashville. Another, consisting of four women, is operating in the Rivergate Mall area. Yet another group of shoplifters have hit a number of stores in the Nashville West shopping complex. At one store in the complex, it got violent when the clerk approached them. Undercover officers have fanned out at stores and shopping centers, but Metro Police are not giving details of the operation. They know what they want, they are highly organized and they may be violent. They've actually assaulted a police officer and pepper sprayed employees. (Source

ORC man and woman crime duo busted in Riverdale, N.J., shoplifting $4,000 in power tools from Home Depot and "preyed heavily" on other Home Depot stores in the region. A seven-month investigation into The Home Depot shoplifting spree reached a pinnacle on Friday when Police saw them and were able to bust them shoplifting. They're blamed for six other incidents at Home Depot and are suspected in other similar crimes in other cities. They focused on power tools and exiting the stores by fire exits. (Source

ORC ring of 4 women in High Point, N.C., busted that stole $30,000 to $50,000 from local stores Detectives said the recovered items have been traced to some local stores, including Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods. Items recovered included large quantities of liquid laundry soap, razor blades, shampoo and small power tools. The investigation is ongoing and three women have been arrested and organized retail theft charges have been filed. The fourth is wanted. (Source


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

Federal Efforts- continued from yesterday-

According to the FBI, it recently launched a bureau-wide program that is likely to increase the information available regarding ongoing investigations, including those related to ORC. 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 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. For example, ORC-related CPI codes include "organized retail theft" and "infant formula." According to FBI officials, CPI codes are intended to provide information to unit heads about the threats and crimes being investigated by their agents. If implemented as envisioned, this effort could allow the FBI to mine the case management system for all cases involving ORC. According to the unit chief responsible for overseeing the project, the FBI has put into place a collection of electronic controls, business rules, and operational guidance to help ensure that the codes entered are consistent, accurate, and complete. This official stated that the FBI routinely reviews all ongoing cases every 90 days; therefore, as of May 2011, all ongoing cases would include at least one CPI code. Information from this project generally may be useful to help identify FBI investigative priorities and provide management with additional data on resource utilization—a practice consistent with internal control standards.

Further, information regarding ongoing ORC cases may serve to better inform ORC stakeholders and Members of Congress of the potential scope and impact of ORC relative to other major theft crimes, which may include identifying whether any additional federal involvement may be warranted. Given that ORC-related cases routinely involve multiple federal crimes and could be investigated by different FBI units, this effort may also be important to help ensure that the major theft program coordinator, or other applicable official, remains fully apprised of ORC investigations being conducted bureau-wide. As the program was only recently implemented and cases are still in the process of being reviewed and updated, it remains too early to tell if these efforts will result in the potential improvements identified.

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