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Identity theft ring busted in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, hotel room. Where 3 suspects were arrested after finding credit card readers, fake credit cards and identification cards, computers, printers, small cameras, and software used to make false identification. The group allegedly started in Northern California and "have been working their way around," said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Randy Rouse. (Source

Denver police are seeking public help to capture "prolific thief" who's hitting stores all over the city including Victoria's Secret and Macy's.
A light skinned Hispanic man in his late 20's with short black hair and tattoos on both arms with a possible "cauliflower" ear. Driving a green 1998 Volvo V70 wagon with Colorado license plate 928EDH. (Source

Woman hitting 4 Sam's Clubs just rolls 55" flat-screen tvs out the door with the store manager's name on post-it notes on the boxes.
Hitting Daphne, Ala, Mobile, Ala, Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola, FL the woman strikes up a friendly conversation at the customer service desk and says she knows the store manager and had already paid for the two-thousand dollar television. (Source
Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

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

Stakeholders Identified Additional Federal Actions Intended to Deter e-Fencing and Mitigate Potential Health and Safety Concerns but Potential Impacts Are Unknown

Selected Product Restrictions

Given the potential health and safety concerns related to ORC cited by three major retail associations and three law enforcement stakeholders, the second option for legislative action they identified relates to the potential restriction of selected products from online marketplaces or other identified fencing locations, such as flea markets. These restrictions would likely target the most common products of concern identified by stakeholders, including infant formula, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and other applicable health and beauty products. However, it is not currently known if the second-hand sale of these goods has actually resulted in a public health problem. For example, an investigator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that although there are routinely major cases involving the sale and redistribution of stolen infant formula, he was not aware of specific health impacts resulting from these products. Further, any potential ban on the sale of specific products would also impact the legitimate sellers conducting business in online marketplaces or other venues.

Four of the ten law enforcement officials we interviewed indicated that OTC medications and other health and beauty products are commonly fenced via swap meets and flea markets, as well as through privately owned convenience stores and online marketplaces. As a result, there is limited assurance that these products were lawfully acquired and are stored and handled according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Two of the four retail associations we interviewed noted that their members routinely work directly with manufacturers of these products, which provides the retailers with increased assurance that products are stored and handled properly and that they would be informed in a timely manner in the event of a recall. At least one state has already passed legislation restricting a targeted list of high-theft health and beauty products from being sold at flea markets and similar public venues without proof of ownership.

If additional sales restrictions for these venues were implemented at the federal level, a range of potential actions could be considered, including a complete restriction on the sale of specified products through select sales channels, or requirements to provide additional information in product listings in online marketplaces, such as the manufacturing lot number and any applicable expiration dates. Such information may provide additional assurance to buyers and allow them to determine if any of the products may be subject to recall. For example, eBay has instituted a requirement that sellers clearly list the expiration dates for all infant formula within the product description. Yet, lacking any identifiable public health impacts to date, it is unclear whether or not any such actions to restrict specified healthy and beauty products are warranted.


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