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ORC 11-10-15




'PRC' Report

Organized Retail Crime's Publicly Reported Cases Report

*2015 data only through September 30th

Orlando, FL: Twelve Arrests made in alleged cellphone theft ring
Orlando Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have arrested 12 people, charged with racketeering and conspiracy to engage in racketeering as part of "OPERATION CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?" Investigators say the suspects, who range in age from 17 to 24, have been stealing cellphones. They have warrants for four more individuals. "These are not just kids stealing cellphones. This is organized street crimes. Instances these kids have driving 3-4 hours in a stolen car or in a rental car with a switched tag to commit these crimes," said Detective Sharon Ring, with OPD's Gang Unit.

Thomasville, NC: Verizon store robbed; 4 charged,
More than 60 stolen iPhones seized
Four people face charges after customers were forced into a bathroom during an armed robbery at a Verizon store, police said. Natasha Nicole Heaton, 30, of Sophia; Isaiah Dashon Smith, 24, of High Point; and Mark Anthony Walker, 44, of High Point, all face charges following an incident around 8:45 p.m. Monday at Cellular Sales at 1042 Randolph St. in Thomasville. The store is an authorized Verizon Wireless retailer. Thomasville police said Tuesday they're looking for a fourth suspect, though no further information about that suspect has been released. No one was injured in the incident, and no shots were fired, police said.

Lexington Co, KY: Investigators seek Multiple Credit Card Fraud suspects: over $11,0000 in charges
Multiple suspects are wanted for allegedly spending more that $11,000 on fraudulent credit cards. According to Lexington County Sheriff's Department officials, two men and two women have been using stolen credit cards at multiple stores across the Lexington area. One of the male suspects has tattoos on his arms and the backs of his hands. One of the female suspects is a brunette and the other is a blonde. The brunette has tattoos on her right calf, left thigh and right chest. Store security cameras captured the four suspects on video making a series of fraudulent purchases over the course of multiple days.

Tulsa man charged with 68 counts of identity theft
Police say Wisam Hibri, 33, stole 841 documents from the U.S. Department of Justice. Officers arrested Hibri Monday afternoon near 91st and Yale at a home in South Tulsa. Police found stolen checks, stolen mail, more driver's licenses, printers and computers. A larger identity theft ring helped police track down Hibri. Hibri has spent several years in prison for similar crimes. Tulsa police arrested a man on 68 counts of identity theft Monday.

UK London: Smash & Grab Gang caught due to bravery of have-a-go hero
Baby-faced gang behind a 500,000 pound smash-and-grab spree caught when one of the machete-wielding robbers was tackled by a have-a-go hero after raid on diamond store. Moped gang carried out series of raids in London and Manchester. They targeted London jeweler last year where a brave manager intervened. One of them was later arrested and others detained after investigation. They have now admitted conspiracy to rob and face lengthy jail terms.


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