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ORC 11-6-15




'PRC' Report


Organized Retail Crime's Publicly Reported Cases Report

2012: 515 cases with $ 146,082,301 reported

893 cases with $501,839,481 reported

1199 cases with $ 681,802,614 reported

2015 (only through September 30):
1092 cases with $459,953,014 reported


Multi-State Credit Card Fraud Gang Member Gets 5 yrs in Prison & Order to Pay $289,886 in Restitution - Hitting Target Stores
Tandika Jackson, 44, was given 57 months in prison and ordered to pay $289,886 in restitution for her role in a credit card fraud scheme that spanned five states, federal court records show. Jackson worked with co-defendants Darius Raine, 27, and Dejuan Raine, 28, both of Dolton, and Brandon Moore, 27, of Chicago, from June 2014 to September 2014 to obtain stolen credit card numbers.

The numbers were embossed on prepaid American Express cards, and they persuaded clerks at Target stores in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia to apply funds from the cards to a second prepaid card. The group then used those cards to purchase items and obtain cash from ATM machines, including one at an East Chicago bank, court records state.

Lake Wales, FL Two women arrested for felony theft busted at JC Penney in Eagle Ridge Mall; both had priors
Two Avon Park women were arrested and charged with grand theft Thursday at Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales by Polk County authorities as part of a county-wide effort to deter thefts at local businesses. Dontavia Shyaza Strange and Precious Elissia McGhee both of Avon Park, were observed by Lake Wales police officers entering the J.C. Penney store located at the Eagle Ridge Mall. Officer Aubrey Davis followed the two, while officer Terrance Daniels waited at the entrance. Davis observed the two women selecting merchandise while carrying large shopping bags, police said. Moments later McGhee and Strange exited the store. They were stopped by Davis and Daniels and were found to have stolen merchandise valued at over $500. During an interview, Strange claimed not to know anything about the theft. She has been charged in the past with retail theft. McGhee "admitted to coming to the mall and stealing merchandise from the store," the news release adds.

Atlanta, GA: 2 Former Home Depot employees sentenced to Federal Prison; stole fellow employees ID's to open credit card applications
Former Home Depot employees Paulette Shorter and Lakisha Grimes have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing personal identifying information from fellow employees in order to submit fraudulent applications for credit cards. "The defendants stole the very personal information they were entrusted to protect," said U.S. Attorney John Horn. "They applied for fraudulent credit cards with personal identifying information taken from The Home Depot's human resources database. Grimes and Shorter violated the trust of their employer and their fellow employees, and they did so to enrich themselves at the expenses of others."

According to Horn and information presented in court, Shorter and Grimes worked as human resources employees in the Atlanta headquarters of the Home Depot where they had access to employee databases containing employee names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates. The defendants used personal identifying information stolen from the Home Depot employee database and other sources to apply online for Capital One credit cards in the names of different individuals, including Home Depot employees and job applicants.

Lancaster, A: Police seek to ID suspect who stole 22 pairs of jeans from JC Penney
Lancaster City Police turn to the public for help in identifying a retail theft suspect. On September 29, an unknown male walked into the JC Penney store at Park City Center and stole approximately 22 pairs of jeans, valued at about $1,000. When he was approached by store Loss Prevention personnel, the man fled the building and got into a car and fled.

Juneau, Alaska: Woman guilty of stealing $2,800 in flea collars

Garden City, NY: On October 28th Officer Touhy arrested a 64 year old Syosset woman for the alleged theft of $730 of merchandise from Lord and Taylor

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