Asheville, N.C., police chief says ORC boosters are the
driving force behind a 46% surge in larcenies over the
"There are lots of organized retail theft rings that
come through this area," Capt. Tim Splain said, "And we
want to capture all that." And Officers have been doing
a better job of reporting thefts, Capt. Tim Splain and
other commanding officers said in a press conference
that was called for by Chief William Anderson when
reporting the last 12-month period of crime statistics.
Police are paying more attention to organized retail
theft in various ways, including the way they report it.
Nearly a year ago, officers had the choice not to write
a full report. Now, they are required to file all
paperwork, even for small larcenies. That is what is
behind the growth from 2,577 larcenies two years ago to
3,769 this past year, a 46 percent increase. Thieves
often move from town to town, staying in hotels, police
say. They have studied the ins-and-outs of how the
retail chains operate and will use that and other tricks
to lift merchandise from the stores. They then resell
the items or exchange them at another store in the chain
or sell the goods online. In one case, a group of men
changed into women’s clothing while in the store and
then changed after grabbing items. "It was a
cross-dressing shoplifting crew," Anderson said.
The Mexican Connection - For the third time this year,
authorities have arrested a group of Mexican ORC
foreigners going on shopping sprees in San Antonio,
Houston and West Texas with fake credit cards.
All three groups are from Mexico and flew or drove to
Texas for their alleged crimes, spawning investigations
that stretched across two countries. The three groups
may not have been connected but they all were after
clothing, electronics and reloadable gift cards. The
groups resemble operations of "organized retail crime."
In the three cases, the suspects told authorities they
were planning to sell the items once they returned to
Mexico at flea markets or their small retail shops. The
suspects made trial runs and picked up their 72 fake
cards from a man in a bar in Mexico City that they were
going to split with him the merchandise or its profits,
court records said. They also had used five cards in a
previous shopping spree at the outlet stores in San
Marcos. They had returned, court records said, to buy
more merchandise at the San Marcos stores and an outlet
near Houston when agents arrested them May 15 at San
Antonio International Airport. One suspect admitted to
making four trips with as many as 200 fake cards that
they had mailed to themselves in San Antonio. Another
group busted crossing the border into the U.S. had 363
fake credit and debit cards, seven fake Mexican drivers
licenses, and 41 gift cards.
Two indicted for organized retail theft in Kingman, AZ.
after theft from local Wal-Mart store.
A Bullhead City man and woman were indicted Thursday on
seven charges for stealing items including a TV from
Wal-Mart. Not a big incident but the male has a history
and might be worth identifying for your teams in the
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