New Partnership Brings Together Retailers and Law
to Fight Organized Retail Crime
ATLANTA – The Georgia Retail
Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA)
– a cooperative effort among Georgia law enforcement
agencies and retailers – today announced the launch
of GRAORCA.org. The new Internet-based platform has
been designed to help build collaborative crime
fighting partnerships between law enforcement and
private sector retail security professionals.
The secure site is designed to allow members to
share intelligence in order to more proactively
investigate organized retail criminal activity
throughout the state of Georgia. All members of law
enforcement at the local, state and federal levels
-- as well as members of the retail loss prevention
community -- are encouraged to join this free
information sharing network. To join today, please
The launch of GRAORCA.org follows in the footsteps
of other successful info sharing networks such as
LAAORCA (Los Angeles), SDORCA (San Diego), CCROC
(Cook County – Chicago) and OROCC (Ohio).
Organized retail crime is a type theft or fraud
involving groups or gangs who steal merchandise,
cargo or money in a systematic effort involving
multiple stores, often in multiple jurisdictions.
Sophisticated crime rings and fences steal tens of
billions of dollars annually from consumers and
retailers, sometimes using the proceeds to fund
larger criminal operations. Examples of theft
include shoplifting rings, cargo theft, return
fraud, ticket switching, credit card fraud, and gift
The Metro Atlanta area is consistently a top ten
location for ORC. ORC proceeds support other crimes
such as drugs, human trafficking and financial
crimes. According to national studies, 95 percent of
retailers surveyed in 2011 reported having been
victimized by ORC in the previous 12 months. The FBI
has estimated that the losses attributed to ORC
could reach as much as $30 billion a year.
Since 1961, the Georgia
Retail Association has been working on behalf of the
retail community to unite and pursue the common goal
of creating the best environment for retailing in
Georgia. Retail supports 1 out of 4 jobs in the
state and is directly and indirectly responsible for
18% of Georgia's gross domestic product.
area thief admits to stealing thousands of dollars of
Frontline Pet medication, but denies being 'organized'.
Michael Fox is believed to be responsible for stealing
Frontline Flee Medication from 39 PetSmart stores in the
Dallas/ Fort Worth area and selling the product online.
Where Fox has an issue is with the charge of 'organized
retail theft,' he claims, "There was nothing organized about
it. I'll leave it at that." At the time of his arrest, Fox
had over $300,000 in his PayPal account. (Source
Michigan trio busted for Walmart electronics theft; equipped
with lock pick and bear spray.
Livingston County deputies took three people into custody,
believed to be connected to tens of thousands in thefts from
Walmart in three area counties. It is believed the suspects used
a lock picking tool to gain access to the secure electronics
showcase. Found on one of the arrested suspects was a can of
Frontiersman Bear attack spray. The three may be responsible
for numerous thefts at Walmart stores in Oakland, Livingston
and Macomb counties. (Source
Louisiana Identify Theft Ring had stolen information on over
100 people. Police believe one
of the co-conspirators arrested is the key as to where the
thieves were able to acquire the personal information. The
collection of documents were found in a air duct in the
suspect’s home in New Orleans. Police believe the suspects
were able to open accounts at The Home Depot, Office Depot,
Jared’s, Best Buy and others and have already indentified 60
victims of identity theft. (Source
Long Island baby formula thief being sought.
CVS believes this individual was responsible for the theft
of 26 cans of baby formula from its store in Huntington
Station and may be connected to a rash of thefts in the
Impatient shoplifter couldn’t wait in a long line.
Corey Young is out on probation for
armed robbery, and decided he wanted chicken and cheesecake
from Von’s in Glendale. But the line was too long to pay so
he walked out only to be stopped by Loss Prevention. After a
short struggle, Young was apprehended, and concealed inside
his backpack were razor blades, baby formula and foot spray.
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