Half a million $$$ ORC fake return scam across nine
states hits T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshalls stores.
Dmitry Voytenko, 22; his sister, Valeria A. Gershanov,
21; and her husband , Vladimir Gershanov, 36 — all of
the 1500 block of Cherokee Drive — were arrested Friday
in Palatine after a three-month joint investigation led
by TJX Companies task force (the parent company of T.J.
Maxx) with help from Palatine police and the Cook County
Regional Organized Task Force, said Palatine Cmdr. Kurt
Schroeder. Since November, the trio would shoplift items
from stores, including a HomeGoods at 7230 W. Dempster
St. in Morton Grove, as well as stores in Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Vermont,
Texas and Florida, Schroeder said. They would then
return the stolen goods for store credit, and use that
store credit to purchase items from other stores, he
said. They would also make valid returns for identical
items they bought with cash, using those receipts to get
additional cash for the shoplifted items, Schroeder
said. The stores estimate a merchandise loss of more
than $163,000, he said, while the refunds totaled more
than $500,000. (Source
Four arrested in Houston area Walgreens.
Police have apprehended 4 suspects believed to have been
targeting Walgreens, focused on body wash and energy
drinks. The 4 were each charged with the theft of
$847.78, a second degree felony. The police statement
said the store manager told police a group of four
people came into the store and strategically worked as a
team to commit the thefts. One of the suspects (Shintel
Mathews) was busted on May 2, also for felony theft
charges and believed to be traveling with others from a
theft ring. (Source
Boise Counterfeit Credit Card ring busted.
Boise police say they caught the men Wednesday afternoon
with dozens of fake credit cards and thousands of
dollars worth of clothes and gift cards they bought with
those fake cards. Police say the men, both from southern
California, appear to have been in the Boise area since
Monday. Police say the arrests were possible because of
the strong relationship Boise police have with local
Western Michigan teens facing felony charges.
Five teenage suspects went on a shoplifting spree at two
malls, stealing over $2000 in clothing. Four of the
girls are 19 years old and were traveling with one
16-year-old girl. All are now facing felony charges.
makes "Top 10" list of cities being hit by ORC.
"We are now number ten out of the top ten cities around
the U.S. who have been targeted for organized retail
crime," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
According to a press release, using a secure website
developed by the Arizona Organized Retail Crime
Alliance, retailers and law enforcement authorities will
now be able to gather and share intelligence in real
time by posting bulletins about robberies,
counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud and other
Stein Mart reports ORC return scam in St. Charles, ILL.
An east side retailer reported a case of
organized retail theft last week that also involved its
store in Wheaton, according to a St. Charles police
report. A loss prevention officer with Stein Mart, 3619
E. Main St., told police Friday the fraudulent return
scam began April 12 when a woman bought a $24.99 scarf
at the St. Charles store and used its price tag on a
return she made at the Wheaton location April 17. The
scarf she returned was not Stein Mart merchandise,
police reported. (Source
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