California Department of Justice thanks ORC team
May 9, 2012
RE: Driscoll, John Joseph, et al.
San Diego Superior Court, Case
To Whom It May Concern,
It is with deep gratitude that I write this letter in
support of the team of investigators who brought
"Operation National Boxstuffer" to fruition. In
particular I commend San Diego Police Detective David
Iorillo, Bed Bath and Beyond Loss Prevention Expert Jake
Wilson, Target Loss Prevention Investigator Grady Gopez,
and Target Loss Prevention analyst Ricardo Escalante for
their detailed investigation on this complex retail
fraud case. Essentially, they took a 1,000 piece puzzle,
spread all over the country, and put together something
that truly showed the complex and unique nature of
sophisticated retail theft.
In essence, the team was able to identify a crew of
conspirators, who to the less trained eye, would appear
to be committing petty shoplifting, and build a seven
codefendant multi-million dollar conspiracy case. Due to
the diligent efforts of Detective Iorillo, he was able
to track and substantiate beyond reasonable doubt the
crimes of the conspirators. The crew was sophisticated
in its methods including using aliases, moving
frequently, and masking how they fenced the stolen
property. Loss prevention officers Wilson, Gopez, and
Escalante tracked and coordinated all video related to
the suspects from stores all over the country and
individually tracked hundreds of retail items that had
been stolen and fenced online.
Due to their efforts all of the arrested defendants have
pled guilty (with two conspirators still at large),
including prison sentences for the most culpable leaders
of the crew.
For Kamala D. Harris
ORC ring of three busted with one still on the loose
hitting high-end retailers throughout the country.
Two New York men were arraigned this afternoon on felony
charges alleging they stole more than $23,000 in
clothing from Michigan outlet malls. Livingston County
sheriff’s officials said the two men and an unidentified
female from Miami, Fla., stole high-end clothing from
retail stores throughout the country, including
Abercrombie and Fitch, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger,
Pacific Sunwear of California, and Victoria's Secret.
Police also found in the luggage devices to remove the
anti-theft tags on new clothing. Investigators believe
the trio has hit Tanger malls throughout the country.
Sheriff’s officials said the trio flew to Michigan
Friday specifically to steal. (Source
Huntsville, AL police sting busts convenience stores
selling stolen merchandise from Publix and Kroger.
Kroger and Publix Loss Prevention contacted the police
there and coordinated a three week sting that led to the
arrest of four individuals from "several businesses"
selling items from baby formula, alcohol, cigarettes and
more. Sgt. Mark Roberts of the Huntsville Police
Department said this was a "well executed" three-week
3 thieves hit Daytona Beach area Walmart 4 times, over
$5,000 in missing electronics.
(Daytona Beach) detectives say three suspects stole
thousands of dollars worth of video-game systems and
other electronics from a Walmart over several days.
Surveillance video from the Walmart showed James Keena
stealing a desktop computer Friday. Detectives said
Keena returned to the store Saturday and stole three
PlayStation Vita game systems. On Monday, the
37-year-old stole five Xbox 360 game systems from the
same Walmart. During the most recent theft, Keena and
Stephanie Campaign, 23, stole nine PlayStation Vita game
systems, five Nintendo DS 3D game systems, three
Nintendo DSI game systems and several PlayStation Vita
games. Surveillance video showed Keena using a key to
unlock the cases where the electronics were stored. (source
Austin, TX duo using counterfeit credit cards hitting
multiple retailers. Target, Walmart, H-E-B,
Walgreen's and Academy stores in the area have already
become the latest victims losing thousands. Police say
they believe the men are creating counterfeit credit
cards and are using stolen credit and debit cards to buy
gift cards. (source
Macy’s in Salem, NH hit with a $10,000 grab and run.
The associate showed one solid gold bracelet with
studded diamonds, comparing it to a gold plated
bracelet. Once the suspect determined it was indeed
solid gold, taking both bracelets he ran for the doors.
The clerk gave chase and followed the suspect into the
parking lot. The suspect got away in a mini van with New
Hampshire Purple Heart license plates.
Staten Island suspects Indicted for theft of thousands
in baby formula.
Apprehended at a Target store in New Jersey, the couple
was tied to thefts in North Carolina, South Carolina,
Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The suspects
collected the stolen product in rented storage units in
North Carolina before transporting it in bulk to a small
grocery store in Union City, New Jersey.
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