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ORC 10-6-15




NRF Calls for Crackdown on Organized Retail Crime
The National Retail Federation's (NRF) 11th annual Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Survey reveals that while both retailers and lawmakers are increasingly creating measures to control loss prevention, more is needed to curb growing concerns over stolen merchandise. The 2015 findings paint a stark landscape for retailers. An astonishing 97% of retail loss prevention executives surveyed believe their company has encountered organized retail crime in the last 12 months, up from 88% last year. The average dollar write-off per $1 billion in annual sales due to such activities is $453,940. The problem does not appear to be going away any time soon with 48.5% of victim companies reporting significant increases in ORC activity this year.

A major concern voiced in the survey is that criminals are increasingly targeting cargo in transit. The percent of polled retailers experiencing cargo theft rose from 35.4% to 37.9% in the past year. NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Bob Moraca believes that the surge is part of a larger strategy to outmaneuver retailers as executives wise up to traditional tactics. "Brazen and often dangerous criminals are finding new ways every day to manipulate the retail supply chain," he said. "From the docks where merchandise comes in to criminal flash mobs that involve several individuals running into a store at once, the methods used by crime gangs today run the gamut." The survey reports that several retailers are encountering bolder attempts by criminals including "smash and grabs" and pepper spray tactics.

Pontiac, MI: Man's scam turned Home Depot thefts into gift cards -
$600,000 to $800,000 before police arrested him in March
You might call Adelbert Ackerman's business model a brilliant example of vertical integration. Running a large-scale fencing operation, using a team of prostitutes, heroin users, parolees and panhandlers to steal high-priced items from local Home Depots. He then would recruit homeless people from shelters to return the stolen merchandise to a different store.

Since homeless people often have legitimate identification, as required by the store for any returns, they were given store debit cards, akin to gift cards, which they handed over to Ackerman.

Millburn, NJ: Neiman Marcus $10,000 Grab & Run Shoplifters
strike security vehicle while fleeing
Authorities are investigating the theft of $10,000 worth of jeans from the Neiman Marcus store at The Mall at Short Hills, township police announced. Three men entered the store Oct. 5, selected 20 pairs of jeans, ran out of the establishment and fled in a blue SUV, which struck a mall security vehicle before heading onto Route 124, township police said in a news release. The incident follows the theft of $400 worth of sweatpants from the mall's Footlocker store Oct. 4, according to police.

Norwalk, CT: Bronx, NY man busted attempting to purchase $800 of Best Buy merchandise w/ fake Credit Card
A New York man is facing serious charges after police say he was allegedly caught trying to purchase items with a fraudulent credit card. Stanley Paez-Caraballo, 20, was charged with fifth-degree larceny, credit card theft, criminal attempt, illegal use of a credit card and receiving goods illegally. Police Officers were alerted to an incident at Best Buy, upon arrival, officers spoke with an employee who said the suspect, Paez-Caraballo had attempted to purchase two Sony PlayStations totaling $799.98 online and pick up the items in the store.

Westfield, MA: $500 worth of Rogaine stolen from Stop & Shop
According to the Westfield Detective Bureau Facebook page, the man is suspected of stealing nearly $500 worth of the hair growth treatment product, Rogaine, from the Stop and Shop on Main Street, last Thursday.

Delhi, India: 600 Cellphones Stolen From Delhi Airport, Sold Through Flipkart
E-commerce giant Flipkart has been asked to help with an investigation of what the Delhi Police say is a massive racket involving the theft of imported cellphones from airline cargo. Six persons have been arrested in the case. The police said they have recovered 209 phones after the arrest of a gang that stole mobile phones from the cargo at Delhi's IGI airport. They said 22 of these phones were recovered from people who had bought them on Flipkart, after members of the gang allegedly confessed to selling them on that site. In July, a Delhi-based logistics company had reported that 600 high-end mobile phones were missing from a shipment sourced from Hong Kong. When the airport police failed to track the missing phones, the matter was reported to the Delhi police, which formed a special team to investigate the case.

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