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ORC 10-22-15




Twelve-State  International ORC theft ring tied to Mexico
East St. Louis, MO: 15 People indicted
Fifteen people have been indicted here on charges of using stolen credit card numbers to buy home improvement items from several St. Louis-area retailers, then reselling the merchandise and wiring profits to a man in Mexico. Federal prosecutors say Jason J. Parmeley, 42, formerly of O'Fallon, Mo., stole credit card account information online and bought high-price appliances, tools and construction equipment from stores in several states. Authorities say that after placing the orders online, Parmeley arranged for people to pick up the items at stores, resell them below retail price and have the revenue wired to Mexico, where Parmeley was living. The theft ring targeted stores in at least 12 states including Missouri and Illinois. Mexican authorities deported Parmeley, who is in custody on an unrelated bank fraud charge in Alabama.

Urbana, IL: 3 Florida men charged over cloned credit cards; possible ties to a $5M Operation
Three Florida men believed to have possessed cloned credit cards have been criminally charged with using them at a Champaign business. Federal authorities and Las Vegas police have been investigating a large-scale fraudulent credit card scheme stretching across several states that has resulted in the theft of $5 million. The general background, Champaign, IL Police Det. Pat Kelly explained, involves Cuban nationals hailing from Nevada and Florida who encode blank magnetic credit or gift cards with information purchased over the Internet from primarily Russian and Ukrainian hackers. The information includes stolen personal and credit card data collected from large-scale breaches such as those that affected Target and Discover in the last few years. The report said all three were born in Mexico but claimed to be Cuban nationals in the U.S. for work purposes.

Three shoplifters arrested at Wrentham outlets could be
tied to organized crime ring
Police say they arrested three shoplifters who may be linked to an organized crime ring and recovered thousands of dollars in merchandise at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets mall. Police Tuesday night responded to a call about a shoplifting at Saks Off 5th Fashion Outlet and ended up arresting three women from Hartford. Their names were not released. Thousands in merchandise from various stores was recovered, according to police.  The suspects "are persons of interest in a larger retail organized crime ring," police said on their Facebook page. The investigation is ongoing.

Bend, OR: Fred Meyers LP Team apprehends ORC thief; "recovered items: from Blenders to a Cordless Lawn Mower"
A 33-year-old Bend woman accused of shoplifting numerous big-ticket items from the Bend Fred Meyer and selling them on Craigslist has been arrested and faces more than two-dozen theft and related charges, police said Wednesday. Store loss prevention agents bought back some items during their investigation and a raid on her home turned up more, totaling more than $5,600. Lensey Greenman was contacted and arrested Tuesday in regards to the ongoing theft investigation and a search warrant later was served on her home, said Lt. Clint Burleigh. The store's loss prevention agents met with Greenman several times in response to the Craigslist ads and were able to document the property being sold as items stolen from the store. They bought the items and provided information to police, starting their investigation and arranging Tuesday's meeting, where she had agreed to sell a large number of shoplifted items, Burleigh said.

Eau Claire, WI: GNC employee admits to stealing every time he worked; $4,800 in merchandise recovered, court order restitution of an additional $4,792
A former Eau Claire man has been ordered to pay $4,792 in restitution for taking items from his employer during every shift he worked from March to July. An official at GNC at Oakwood Mall told police on July 22 that Khamphouy, a store employee, took a large amount of merchandise on July 4. Khamphouy was confronted about the theft. He admitted that since he began working at the store in March he has taken a large amount of merchandise and still has a significant amount of the stolen merchandise at his residence. Khamphouy went home and brought back the merchandise, which was valued at $4,800. He told police he took the items from the store during every shift he worked, which was about 35 times from March to July.

Waterloo, IA: Walmart reports the theft of 5 Dirt Bikes valued at over $3,700 -  stolen from store front
Walmart officials called the Walterboro Police Department Tuesday afternoon after employees found that someone had stolen five dirt bikes. Store officials said the five dirt bikes, valued at $749 each, were parked near the front entrance, chained together to guard against theft. Sometime between 8 a.m. on Monday and 4:28 p.m. on Tuesday, someone apparently cut the chain and made off with the dirt bikes. The store's security video did not provide a view of the theft.

Washington City, UT: Shoe Carnival busts Shoplifter
who has hit at least 5 times before
"Anita Pasi admitted to stealing shoes 3 times, but stated she paid for some items," the arresting officer wrote in the statement. "I asked if she had stolen shoes in her bag that she had with her and she stated she did. I opened the bag and found several pairs of stolen shoes." Police had store employees ring up the shoes and found they totaled more than $500. Police then obtained permission to search Pasi's car where they found several other pairs of stolen shoes. Additional stolen merchandise was recovered from JC Penney, and Walmart.

Edmund, OK: 600 Gift Cards Found as a Theft Ring gets busted at a Traffic Stop
A car stopped because of the odor of marijuana...a search of the car lead to over 600 gift cards being found concealed in the spot for an air bag. Police also discovered 21 cloned Capital One credit cards.

Tarzana, CA: LAPD Busts Sophisticated Ring of 'Porch Pirates'
The Los Angeles Police Department says it has busted a sophisticated package-theft ring that preyed on homeowners in the San Fernando Valley. Authorities said the thieves used a delivery service's smartphone app to follow trucks delivering packages. The thieves would wait for the packages to be delivered and then scoop them up moments later. The package pilferers were so brazen, the LAPD came up with a name for them: "porch pirates." A home surveillance video captured the UPS delivering the two boxes. But seconds later, a U-Haul truck pulls into his driveway, backs in and then the driver goes up to his porch and takes the boxes. Police were able to track down 2 suspects, recovering thousands in stolen merchandise, mail and credit cards.

Macomb, IL: Two women accused of $2,300 Wal-Mart theft face seizure of vehicle

Mansfield, MA: Simply Mac store burglars hit for over $100,000 in Apple products

Orland Park, IL: Two arrested in $815 Buckle store theft in the Orland Square Mall

ORC 10-22-15
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