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ORC 9-21-15




Coming Tomorrow - New 'ORC Leaders' Article

John Matas, VP - Asset Protection/Investigations & ORC, Macy's

As a continuation of our "ORC Leaders" series on the Daily, tomorrow we will be publishing a feature article on John Matas, VP - Asset Protection / Investigations & ORC at Macy's. With over 30 years of experience in the security field, John has been described as an energetic, smart and inspiring leader. In an interview with Amber Bradley, he shares his perspective on organized retail crime, including why he thinks its impact is under-calculated and how the problem should be addressed at the federal level.

To read other articles published in our "ORC Leaders" series, click here.

Woodbury, NJ: Woman sentenced for stealing $35,000 in cellphones from
Verizon stores 
A Philadelphia woman convicted of burglary and theft from two South Jersey Verizon stores was sentenced Friday to three years in prison. Fatima Aviles, 27, was found guilty in June of stealing more than $35,000 in cellphones from stores in Glassboro and Washington Township in July and August 2013. Aviles entered the stores four times while they were closed using a key issued to employees that could open various Verizon locations, prosecutor's said previously. Verizon employees who viewed security camera footage of the thefts identified Aviles as the culprit and testified that she was friends with a former Verizon store employee in Pennsylvania who left her job without returning her store key. The former employee was not charged in the case, prosecutors said. The phones were never recovered.

Winter Haven, FL: Burglary in Winter Haven nets $30,000 worth of items
Authorities in Winter Haven are searching for clues in a burglary that netted $30,000 worth of clothing, sunglasses, fishing and boating equipment. According to authorities, the manager of West Marine in Winter Haven, opened his store and found damage inside the business, in addition to the missing merchandise. Items taken include: Multiple GPS units, fish finders, men and women's clothing, sunglasses, rods and reels. Wires to the store alarm system appeared to have been cut and disabled.

Portland, OR: Shoplifter hits Nordstrom for $5,500, gets busted at the
Nordstrom Rack store 
A man who was spotted stealing more than $5,000 worth of clothing from the Nordstrom store in downtown Portland on Thursday punched a security officer who tried to stop him and then fled the business. So where'd the shoplifter go next? The Nordstrom Rack, police said. Derrick Terrell Toliver was taken into custody several blocks away at the Nordstrom Rack store. The two loss prevention officers who had tried to stop Toliver at the main Nordstrom store identified him as the suspected thief who had taken $5,484.96 in clothing without paying and thrown the punch.

Chesterfield, MO: Kate Spade purses stolen in Armed Robbery, suspects lead police on high-speed chase 
Chesterfield police are investigating what they call a strong-armed robbery at a store at the St. Louis Premium Outlet mall Saturday night. Three suspects, all black females, grabbed a large quantity of high end purses from the Kate Spade store and ran out. As they left, they knocked over an 11-year-old boy who was entering the store with his mother. He suffered bumps and bruises but will be fine according to police. On Sunday morning, Chesterfield updated their search information and said the women fled in a Chevy with PA license plates. At one point were pursued by another police department eastbound on I-64/40. When the car reached speeds over 100 miles an hour the pursuit was called off.

Overland Park, Kansas: Nigerian Woman On Vacation In The US Caught Shoplifting at Macy's; 66 stolen items in her bag 
Kansas City police has apprehended a Nigerian woman, Jennifer Akudihor after she was allegedly caught shoplifting out of a Major store in the United States. The accused who was said to be currently on vacation in the States has since been charged with felony theft. She was seen in the company of two toddlers and an infant who were reportedly under her care, but was also disgracefully busted, hiding the 66 stolen items shopping bags and inside the stroller she was pushing through Macy's at Oak Park Mall in Kansas.

Columbus, OH: Pregnant thief hit Von Maur for $1,600 in high
end purses and wallets 
On September 10, about 1:55 p.m., two unidentified women stole several high-end purses and wallets from the Von Maur store on Polaris Parkway. As they casually browsed the department, they picked up and held onto several handbags and wallets, at one point even asking for assistance from a sales person. This behavior raised suspicion as to their intentions. Store security was able to focus on their actions using surveillance cameras, but was unsuccessful in reaching them before they were able to leave the department and store with merchandise in-hand, valued at over $1,600.

Teton, WY: Felony Shoplifters arrested in Teton Village; $1,200 of merchandise 
A pair of alleged shoplifters were caught by police while attempting to rob a sports store in Teton Village, Wyoming a second time, authorities said. The Teton County Sheriff's Office reports Lynn A.Ciriacks, 64, and Daniel P. Ciriacks, 61, of Brookfield, Wisconsin walked into Teton Village Sports at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Store employees identified the couple as a pair of suspected shoplifters who had made repeated trips into Teton Sports on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and worked together to steal approximately $1,200 in clothes.

Petaluma, CA: Police seeking K-Mart Robbery suspect
Police are seeking a man who allegedly stole several expensive items from a Petaluma store earlier this month, police announced Friday. On Sept. 12, around 7:30 p.m., the suspect entered a K-Mart store. Once inside the store, the suspect used a tool to disable security devices on several items, according to police. The suspect was able to accumulate a large amount of merchandise before fleeing the scene, police said.

Colerain Twp, OH: Woman attacked Wal-Mart Loss Prevention and Store Manager 
A Cincinnati woman assaulted a Wal-Mart manager and security guard after trying to "return" a mattress she took off a store display. Taralynn Bowers, 19, made a fraudulent return of a mattress from the store on Saturday, receiving $106.96. When a store loss prevention officer stopped her, Bowers attacked the woman, biting her, and punching a store manager. Bowers used nearby items as weapons, spraying a can of compressed air in the guard's face, police said. Police charged Bowers with robbery.

Lancaster, PA: Mother who spent night in Wal-Mart with children sentenced to 2-5 years in prison 
A central Pennsylvania woman accused of spending the night in a 24-hour Wal-Mart with her three young children and leaving with more than $500 in stolen merchandise has been sentenced to two to five years in state prison. Police in East Lampeter Township say DeFreitas spent hours in the store in March 2014, filling three carts with items and stuffing more into two purses.

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