State Fighting ORC with New Legislative Package
NY State Senate Consumer Protection Committee passes
new ORC legislative package that cracks down on ORC
and now will face the Senate floor for final
approval. The actual
legislative package includes six bills:
S.6956: Defines "Organized Retail Crime", adds to
the General Business Law the crime of "theft of
retail merchandise with an aggregated value of
$1,000", and makes corresponding changes to the
Penal Law to define such crime as "grand larceny in
the fourth degree".
Relates to jurisdiction and venue for a pattern of
criminal offenses, granting jurisdiction to any
county when at least one of the crimes constituting
a pattern occurs within the county.
Relates to prohibitions and penalties against
persons who lead an organized retail theft
enterprise by organizing, supervising, financing or
managing such criminal activity.
Prohibits criminal practices with an access device
and classifies such crime as a class B misdemeanor.
This crime would subject individuals to criminal
liability for certain actions taken with a
fraudulent or counterfeit credit card or other
devices that grant the holder access to money,
goods, or services.
Prohibits retail sales receipt fraud and Universal
Product Code fraud and provides for criminal
penalties for such crimes.
Adds a new section to the General Business Law and a
subdivision to Penal Law to provide that use of an
emergency exit to facilitate a theft from a
mercantile establishment is classified as "grand
larceny in the fourth degree".
"Organized retail crime rings operate and threaten
consumers in every part of this state," said Retail
Council of New York State President and CEO James R.
Sherin. "Senator Zeldin recognized the danger
immediately and responded with a package of bold and
important bills that the retail industry
wholeheartedly supports." (Source
Colorado Governor signs bill to fight organized retail crime.
Specifically, Barker’s measure
punishes criminals for triggering fire alarms by adding such
actions to the "disorderly conduct statute." The bill also
expands the definition of "tools of theft" to include the
techniques and methods organized retail criminals employ.
$10,000 burglary hits at Best Buy.
The Best Buy in Valdosta, Georgia was hit quickly overnight
on Sunday. Thieves took only a few minutes after using a
stolen car to break through a rear roll-up door. Police have
located the car, but no suspects have been arrested at this
time. Police are matching the techniques used to a similar
Best Buy break in Tampa. (source
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