Tulsa Police Department creates ORC Unit
Retail theft costs the City of Tulsa more than $2
million a year in lost sales tax revenue. TPD now has a unit
of detectives fighting retail crimes full-time. Tulsa police
say dozens of organized groups of thieves called 'boosters',
are targeting Tulsa area stores, costing retailers as much
as $50 million a year. That cost gets passed on to consumers
in terms of higher prices. Four TPD Detectives and a
Sergeant are now dedicated to identifying these crooks and
tracking boosters down. "These people do this for a living.
Some people make a $1,000 to $2,000 a day. They travel from
Oklahoma, to Texas and the Arlington area. And then we have
some going to Wichita into Western portions of Arkansas."
The unit works side by side with loss prevention officers at
stores such as Target. Jamie Bourne heads up the
Investigations Teams for Target stores in Oklahoma and
Texas. "Theft is not just a Target thing. It's really a
retail wide thing," says Bourne. "It's a collaborative
efforts amongst retailers. We are very much competitors when
it comes to selling merchandise. But we're very much a team
when it comes to catching the boosters who are stealing from
our stores. There's a lot more information sharing amongst
retailers than there ever has been in the past. That
collaboration, along with law enforcement collaboration is
what has led to the success of these kinds of ORC units."
Organized Retail Crime Units are popping up at police
departments across the country.
Ohio police and Loss Prevention are working together online
with the new Ohio ORC Coalition website.
Police and retailers have joined forces to form the Ohio
Regional Organized Crime Coalition. Company loss prevention
officers will have access to a coalition website, where
they'll post pictures of suspected boosters. That website
will allow law enforcement agents to identify, investigate,
and prosecute boosters who cross jurisdictions. With Ohio's
first state conference just last week and the new website
taking off, the news channels are already picking up the
story. Great job Ohio ORC Coalition!
Suspects sought in ORC Dyson vacuum cleaner ring hitting
Walmart in New England.
Police in Coventry and Seekonk are on the hunt for a
group of suspects in connection with a pair of shoplifting
incidents at two different Wal-Mart stores in the last few
Second break in this month at Chicago’s Best Buy stores.
Well, they do say the door is only as good as the frame.
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