The Arizona Organized Retail Crime Alliance (AzORCA), statewide organized retail
crime alliance launches Sahuarita/Pima County ORCA group Pat Marshall
of Walgreens was among representatives from nine retailers in Sahuarita and
Green Valley attending a meeting last Wednesday with Sahuarita police and a Pima
County Sheriff's detective. Signs of organized crime locally in Sahuarita,
AZ., are becoming more apparent. "I
felt we needed to jump on this and be pro-active," Sahuarita Police Officer
James Oviedo said. "I spoke to Pat (Marshall) and Carlos (Estrada, of Circle K)
about it, who enthusiastically agreed. Once I set the date and time, she
communicated with her organization and other network and supported our launch."
With forces combined, authorities hope to develop enough evidence to jail
thieves and nail theft-ring kingpins up the chain.
The Sahuarita/Pima County ORCA group next meets June 24, and all local
retailers/representatives and law enforcement are invited, Oviedo said. Anyone
interested may contact him at
"We could not do (this) without professionals in the retail industry who have
worked diligently for years identifying, disrupting and apprehending organized
retail criminals and their rings," he said.
Five attendees representing three retail chains in Sahuarita-Green Valley know
talking is worthwhile where nabbing organized shoplifters is concerned, and are
willing to talk about their experiences in hopes of nailing thieves and
discouraging others from trying. They spoke frankly in the meeting of the new
local arm of the Arizona Organized Retail Crime Alliance (AzORCA).
Dollar General Asset Protection Busts Rural ORC Operation in Miss. - $230K in
Stolen Merchandise Recovered The Dollar General Asset Protection team
recovered more than $230,000 in stolen merchandise and equipment from a welding
shop and various storage units in Duncan, Mississippi in cooperation with local
and federal law enforcement. According to a
video report from a local MS news station, items recovered included food,
cleaning supplies, clothing items and more. After diligent investigation
originating from a hotline tip, the Dollar General team assisted law enforcement
with the interview and eventual arrest of the property's owner. This individual
has been charged with felony possession of stolen property. Investigators say
the operation was more than likely a collaborative effort with a number of
individuals involved. More arrests are expected.
Demopolis, AL Police seek 2 women in high-value theft from Walmart
Demopolis police are searching for a woman they say stole high-valued
merchandise from Walmart earlier this month. The Demopolis, AL Police Department
was seeking two suspects after releasing surveillance photos of the May 19 theft
to the media. The photos appear to show the women pushing a cart containing a
television out of the store in Demopolis. One woman was identified and will be
charged with second- degree theft, Chief Tommie Reese said. The second woman,
who police identified as Allison Henry Busbee, is believed to have fled from
Marengo County to avoid arrest, he said.
Bridgestone Tire Company offers $6000 reward after break-in at Bradenton, FL
store The parent company of a Bradenton tire store is offering up to
$6,000 in reward for information about who broke into the business and other
stores in Florida. About 11 p.m. May 24, two people stole three rental trucks
from All U Can Storage, and then used them to steal approximately $40,000 worth
of tires from the nearby GCR Tire store, 2964 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, according
to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. "Recently, five Bridgestone-owned GCR
Tires & Service locations across Florida were targeted by thieves who stole
numerous commercial truck tires. We continue to cooperate with local authorities
as they investigate these thefts. In cooperation with Manatee County Crime
Stoppers, we are offering up to a $6,000 reward for information that directly
leads to the arrest of the parties involved," Nashville, Tenn.,-based
Bridgestone Americas said in a news release.
Macon, GA Wal-Mart theft suspect claims she couldn't afford prom tux for son;
then story changed A woman authorities say was caught trying to steal
$300 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart on May 15 begged not to be taken to
jail. The woman, 35, sobbed and pleaded with a Bibb County sheriff's deputy.
According to the deputy's write-up of the episode, the woman said she was
"trying to help get clothes for her son's prom" that evening. She said she
didn't have "enough money to pay for a tuxedo, ... so she decided to come to
Wal-Mart to take some merchandise to help her son dress for the occasion," the
deputy's report noted. Then her story changed. The woman had recently been
banned from all Wal-Marts after a shoplifting arrest at another Macon Wal-Mart.
The deputy asked the woman why she'd gone to Wal-Mart anyway. She said she had
problems with drugs and alcohol and that stealing was "a way for her to support
her habits," the report said. A store security officer disguised as a shopper
said the woman had been in the store "a couple of hours" and was loading men's,
women's and children's clothing into 16-gallon containers in a shopping cart.
Third time no charm for alleged Sears serial shoplifter in Vineland, NJ
An alleged serial shoplifter pulled the same scam three times at a city
department store before getting caught, police said. Michael Morales, 46, of
North East Avenue, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with shoplifting at
Sears on Landis Avenue. Police said Morales three times stuffed more than $800
in clothing into bags he carried into the store. Store security witnessed the
man hide the clothing each time, but failed to nab him until the third incident,
according to a police report.
SC Police seek Toys "R" Us shoplifting suspects Greenville police have
asked for the public's help identifying two women who are accused of shoplifting
at Toys "R" Us on Woodruff Road. Police said the shoplifting incident happened
May 21. Officers said the women fled the store with approximately $1,000 worth
of merchandise. Both women left in a green sedan that was parked in the store's
Police search for people responsible for Ulta shoplifting Memphis
police responded to a shoplifting call at the Ulta Beauty Store located in the
2200 block of North Germantown. Officers were told that the suspects took
several bottles of perfume worth $1,200 and left the store.