The Retail Viper -
Confessions of an ORC Thief
most dangerous thing about a viper is its ability to strike before
you realize you've encountered a snake."
My first experience in the underworld began with CD's. A few short
years later DVD's would hit the market and forever change my hustle.
One weekend while visiting a flea market, I noticed vendors selling
DVD's but there were no brand new releases that retail stores
offered on their tables. The only titles I saw new were bootleg and
I wanted no part of that! Well as an avid movie enthusiast myself,
and since over half my collection was obtained from boosting, I
decided to test the waters of the "Flea Market World."
I set my Sunday goal for 50 and by Wednesday evening, my goal had
been reached along with a few for my personal collection. Saturday
morning I paid for my booth and began my set up of one small table,
a few movie posters for display, my DVD's and some music to bring in
the crowd. I enjoyed watching the "Pretend Patrons", who in reality
were other vendors, stop by my table. It was at that moment my
pre-criminal mind envisioned another avenue to move my DVD's.
It had been a beautiful Saturday afternoon and by 1 pm I was
shutting down with 500 dollars in my pocket. Throughout the day I
was being asked if I could get certain titles and my reply was "Sure
come back and see me next week." I wrote them down on a scrap piece
of paper in code that only I would recognize, memorized them, then
tore the paper up and tossed it in the trash. Paper Trails lead
straight to jail!
A few weeks later I stumbled across another way to pick up new
releases several days before they even hit the retail stores, which
caused me to be in even more demand and increase my money making
It was then that I decided to start my negotiations with vendors who
were pretty much begging me to sell to them. This is where my
relationship with flea market vendors, or what I now know as fencing
operations, began. While I walked around with my newly found freedom
on Saturdays, my entrepreneurial mind began to envision yet another
venture. Investigate, research, find what customers wanted but
didn't choose to pay full retail for, set up and wait for them and
the "pretend patrons" to flood my booths.
Over the past 22 plus years I traveled across 7 states and numerous
cities and I have boosted so many different products it would take
another article just to list them all.
In November of 2014 I realized enough was enough and was given my
golden opportunity to change and make a difference. It was my choice
to accept it. As of July of 2015, I have worked with Law Enforcement
and ORC divisions in two states shutting down fencing operations,
and it has been a privilege and honor to be a guest speaker at two
It is now one of my personal goals to share what I know as an
ex-professional booster with all who will put aside their personal
feelings about a former thief, hear my story about my expertise and
"hard knock" elementals from the other side and listen as well as
Thank you for taking time to read a small portion of my story.
Sincerely Bill J ...AKA "The Retail Viper"
Editor's Note: Bill Jones (no, not his real name) has declared
that he has turned his life around and no longer targeting the
Retail world. Jones is currently assisting a National Retailer and
Law Enforcement with major fencing operations and ORC cases around
the country. Jones came to the D&D Daily voluntarily in an effort to
get his story out to the Loss Prevention Community.
Eastern European & ORC suspect sentenced to 29 months in prison in Lebanon
County - Heroin addict - 92 transactions at pawn shops Aaylan
Zapotoczny, 28-year-old, "serial shoplifter" was sentenced last Wednesday to the
nearly six months he already served to 23 months in county prison. He was fined
$3,600 for 10 counts of retail theft, two counts of drug paraphernalia
possession and one count each of theft and simple assault. Zapotoczny was also
ordered to pay restitution of $708. In addition, he was banned from entering
WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot and Boscov's while on parole. Zapotoczny's name
surfaced in an investigation of JT's Buy and Sell store in Lebanon. He told
investigators that he stole high value items, such as tools, televisions and
vacuum cleaners, and sold them at buy and sell shops to support his heroin
addiction. Between June 2 and Dec. 9, 2014, city pawn shop records showed
Zapotoczny made 92 transactions at pawn shops, including 45 at JT's Buy
and Sell with a transaction value of $4,422.
Person Crew Arrested in Vacaville, CA; Suspected In String Of Kohl's Thefts
A crew of suspected shoplifters were caught by police in Vacaville. The
Vacaville Police Department says they were called to Kohl's Friday night after
loss prevention spotted the suspects loading up their carts. Police say the crew
had even parked their car by a fire exit door. However, officers got to the
scene in time to take six people into custody. Police say the six are suspected
in a string of thefts from Kohl's stores in Citrus Heights, Sacramento, Stockton
and Vacaville. The crew allegedly stole $10,000 worth of merchandise this week
Two Miami Women arrested for $10K Credit Card Fraud at Sak's, GameStop and
Dillard's Two Miami women have been arrested and accused of credit
card fraud of more than $10,700 at several stores in Sarasota County. Sak's
Fifth Avenue at the Mall at University Town Center reported that Gladys Perez,
42, and Jennifer Izquierdo, 32, fraudulently opened a credit line at the store
on July 23 and returned to use the credit and gift cards on July 24. Patrol
units responded and apprehended them. Upon questioning by a detective, Izquierdo
admitted to opening fraudulent credit accounts at Sak's, Gamestop and Dillard's.
At Gamestop and Dillard's, she said she opened accounts using the name Lisa
Mucelli. Their fraud came to about $10,773 at the stores.
Two Connecticut men accused in alleged $248K wine theft
An East Haven man and a Branford man are facing charges after Branford police
say the pair conspired and stole $248,000 worth of exclusive wine from a
distributor to sell the liquor more than a year ago. David Moon, 28, of East
Haven, is to appear in New Haven court Tuesday to face charges that he and
Richard Worthington, 29, of Branford, worked together to take the wine from
Murphy Distributors, where Worthington had been an employee.
Twin Cities Organized Retail Crime Association - TCORCA - Aug. 3-4 at Crowne
Plaza Minneapolis West - visit tcorca.org