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ORC ring leader and two gang members of foreign nationals (Central & South America) busted that had hit 70 Home Depot Stores, mostly in New Jersey, and two others are wanted. Active on more than 150 days in a recent 6 month period the ring performed more than 500 illegal transactions valued at more than $100,000. They are believed to have stolen items by under-ringing them through self-checkout areas, according to the attorney general. Ring members allegedly used various tactics to hide their activity from security cameras and, in some instances, distracted store employees until their transactions were finished. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said "Our investigation uncovered a ring of foreign nationals who we allege were highly systematic and prolific in their thefts from Home Depot stores in New Jersey and five other states." (Source

South Florida Victoria's Secret still getting nailed by ORC Two separate incidents of suspects stuffing plastic bags with panties with one apprehension and one dropping a bag filled with sweatpants, T-shirts and tank tops when being chased and getting away. (Source
Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

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

Leading Online Marketplaces Have Taken Steps to Combat e-Fencing, but It Is Unclear If Additional Federal Action Is Warranted

eBay, the Largest Online Marketplace, Has Recently Taken Steps to Deter e-Fencing, but Varying Business Models and Available Resources Impact Efforts of Other Online Marketplaces

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Law enforcement from four local agencies, three retailers, and one retail association also indicated that some criminals are using Craigslist to sell stolen merchandise, and some of them would like to see increased information sharing from the site. However, Craigslist provides an online classifieds service which functions similarly to the classifieds sections of newspapers. As such, Craigslist provides a service through which sellers of goods can meet potential buyers, but—as with newspaper classifieds—Craigslist has no involvement in any actual transaction. Craigslist does not charge for listings in its “for sale” categories, nor does it make any money from a completed transaction, should one occur. Since buyers and sellers deal with each other directly, company representatives noted that there is no way for Craigslist staff to know whether any transaction—lawful or unlawful—has even occurred. Additionally, Craigslist does not require registration to use its site and does not collect personal information, such as name or address, about the seller who posts an item for sale. According to the company, its 32-member staff could not reasonably vet sellers, as it receives approximately 1 million free “for sale” listings each day. Given the overall volume of listings, Craigslist representatives indicated that they feel illegitimate use of the site is rare. However, the company does provide a flagging feature on every ad, so that Craigslist users can flag ads that appear problematic. Ads receiving a sufficient number of flags are automatically removed. Craigslist also captures some electronic information, such as IP address and email address, which Craigslist provides to law enforcement when served with appropriate legal process, such as a subpoena.

Each of the four internet marketplaces that we reviewed, including eBay, prohibits a range of specified products from their sites. Some of these prohibitions are due to federal regulations, such as those related to the sale of firearms, alcohol and tobacco products, or other items unlicensed for sale in the United States. However, other voluntary product restrictions may be identified in each site’s internal policy guidelines, and the development and implementation of these policies is generally at the discretion of the individual marketplaces. While all of the online marketplaces that we reviewed utilize a combination of mechanisms to identify policy breaches, including technology filters, it is unclear to what extent other existing or emerging marketplaces will also implement such efforts, potentially leaving them vulnerable to being used for e-fencing.


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