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Four women ORC gang accused of running large-scale theft ring in Tucson, AZ and stealing over $100,000 from 30 shoplifting incidents  The Tucson Police Department arrested four women, and are looking for a fifth suspect, believed to be involved in a theft ring that shoplifted more than $100,000 worth of merchandise and who are allegedly part of an organized retail theft ring which has been responsible for 20 to 30 separate large-scale shoplifting incidents at various stores around Tucson. Earlier this year, the Arizona Organized Retail Crime Association alerted Tucson Police to a group of female thieves that seemed to be targeting CVS stores in the Tucson Metro area. In August, TPD began an investigation with CVS Loss Prevention Representatives. At that time, they believed a group of four women were involved in six to eight separate incidents at CVS stores around Tucson. Investigators checked with other stores, and learned that the women were part of the an organized retail theft ring, responsible for 20 to 30 shoplifting incidents at stores including: Safeway, Walgreens, Ross, and Charming Charlie, according to the news release. Investigators learned that the women would steal items such as cosmetics, jewelry, accessories, and clothing, and then give them to other people who would sell them at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet. (Source

Four women and a female juvenile apprehended for felony theft at Walmart in Queensbury, NY.  Four women face felony larceny charges, including a 16 year old, following the theft of more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Wal-Mart. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, clothing, food and DVDs were recovered. Each of the women was charged with fourth-degree possession of stolen property. The four were stopped a short distance from the store after witnesses identified suspects and a vehicle. (Source

Disbanding serial shoplifting rings in Tulsa by targeting 20 serial shoplifters  Police are disbanding theft rings all over Green Country, Oklahoma. As the Daily reported yesterday, five women were arrested in connection to stolen merchandise from Ross in Broken Arrow and stores from Woodland Hills Mall. When the women were arrested, police found $1,500 in stolen merchandise from Ross. In addition, on Monday night, Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Smith, 38, in a stolen car. Deputies found stolen loot from a Lowes. They already caught Deontae Thomas at Best Buy Friday night. He’s accused of working with Michelle “Merei” Dewitt and a 16-year-old to steal $2,000 in electronics. During TPD's Operation Safe shopper, undercover officers blend right in with other shoppers. TPD’s Retail Crime Unit is targeting 20 serial shoplifters through the holiday season. (Source

Updated newly released video: Senior Citizens? - ORC traveling ring of four men hits Best Buy Stores in Pittsburgh, PA.  Ross Township Police say a group of men at least 60 years of age, are pulling off a pretty elaborate heist. Surveillance video from Best Buy shows four men browsing through the store, in no hurry. Two of the thieves surround a case of expensive cameras, and fill up a backpack. That’s when another of the men comes and takes the backpack. After they’ve got the goods, the backpack goes under a jacket, and the two make their slick getaway. Police believe the suspects are from out of state, and are professional criminals who have been doing the same thing in our state, and others along the East Coast. They’ve stolen nearly ten-thousand dollars so far in their heists. They are an organized ring. We believe they're traveling throughout Pennsylvania, possibly even the East Coast," Dripps said. (Source (Source

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