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ORC 11-11-15




'PRC' Report

Organized Retail Crime's Publicly Reported Cases Report

Yesterday we showed you the full scale report of average dollar amounts per ORC Case from 2012 through 2015. Here is how 2012 stacks up against last year. In 2014 alone, total cases increased 132%, dollars reported increased 367% and average dollar amount per case increased 95%. Will this upward trend continue for 2015?


*2015 data only through September 30th

San Antonio, TX: Another suspect charged in $1M UPS theft ring bust
Authorities say a 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a theft ring responsible for $1 million worth of stolen merchandise from UPS. Peter Garnica is now being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and felony cargo theft. Garnica was an employee at the UPS warehouse on Northeast Side. Several people have already been arrested in this case, including Juan Betancourt and Michael Rozier. Betancourt was a shift manager at the warehouse. Investigators say he confessed to telling two employees which items to steal. Garnica and Rozier worked at the shipping dock. We're told UPS contacted police in June, but the thefts may have started in December.

Oakwood, GA: Smash & Grab burglary of thousands in Jewelry from Nest Feathers
Armed with a sledgehammer and a trash can, a man is caught on surveillance video breaking into a Hall County store and stealing tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry. It happened at Nest Feathers in Oakwood. Just days ago, the display cases were filled with Pandora jewelry. But in the early hours of Sunday morning, a crook made off with $62,000 of the sparkling gems. Surveillance video shows a man with a sledgehammer breaking through the front door and going straight to the Pandora jewelry.

Short Hills, NJ: Thieves Rob Neiman-Marcus, Over $24,000 in Merchandise
On November 7, 2015 Millburn Police Officer Kaiser responded to Neiman Marcus at The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report that occurred on November 6, 2015. Neiman Marcus personnel report a white female described as having brown hair, wearing jeans, black/white striped sweater, red jacket vest, and red shoes concealed 3 Chanel handbags, 2 Chanel sweaters, and 1 Chanel necklace valued at $24,050 and left the store without making payment. The incident is under investigation by the Millburn Police Detective Bureau.

Fountain, CO: Couple accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of TVs from a Fountain Sam's Club
A couple accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of TVs from a Fountain Sam's Club last month have been caught. Fountain police say 31-year-old Sam Reardon and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Nicole Nielsen, were arrested this week on multiple charges. Reardon and Nielsen are accused of stealing several TV and other merchandise from the Sam's Club on Oct. 14. Police have not mentioned many details about the crime, but say charges against them include felony theft, conspiracy and false information to a pawnbroker. Investigators obtained arrest warrants for the couple on Monday. Reardon and Nielsen were then arrested in their Colorado Springs home, the Fountain Police Department announced Tuesday evening.

Deerfield Beach, FL: Thieves smash into cellphone store,
$20,000 of merchandise stolen
Authorities are investigating after thieves smashed out the window of a cellphone store Wednesday morning in Deerfield Beach. The burglary was reported in a shopping plaza at 3450 W. Hillsboro Blvd. An employee at the store told Local 10 News that 10 Hoverstance boards were stolen, as well as cellphones and iPads. He said about $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken. Authorities have not released a description of the thieves at this time.

Annapolis, MD: Formed Waiter accepts plea deal in $10,000
credit card fraud scheme
According to Anamanya's plea agreement, while working as a waiter at an Annapolis restaurant, Anamanya was approached by two co-conspirators and agreed to use a credit card reading device, known as a "skimmer," to steal credit and debit card information. A few days later, Anamanya met with his co-conspirators and gave them the skimmer he had used in return for another skimmer. From July through October 2009, Anamanya repeated this process, compromising the credit card information of approximately 12 individuals. The total loss reasonably attributable to Anamanya's conduct was $10,153.81. Four other co-conspirators have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing.

Spanish Fort, AL: Over $3,000 of stolen merchandise leads to high-speed chase
Four suspects have been arrested after Spanish Fort police say the suspects led them on a high speed chase across the bay that ended in Prichard. Officials say the theft of over $3,300 worth of merchandise from two department stores sparked a high-speed police chase Monday night which began in Baldwin County and ended in the Prichard area. According to officials, the chase started at the Eastern Shore Centre after four suspects: 21-year-old Jaqayla Deldra McCants, 19-year-old Brittany Shareese Moore, 23-year-old Katrina M. Ankum and 21-year-old Siyunia Jakala McCants, stole $3,352 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret and Dillard's.

Johnson City, TN: Academy Sports busts 3 in ORC ring hitting for over $1,000
On November 6, the Johnson City Police Department arrested 28-year-old Matthew S. Buckingham and 35-year-old Kimberly H. McNees. Buckingham was charged with shoplifting over $1,000 and McNees was charged with theft of property over $500. On November 10, the Johnson City Police Department arrested 32-year-old Christopher B. Boyd and charged him with theft of property under $500. On November 3, employees of Academy Sports reported that merchandise had been stolen from the store and returned later the same day on each day, October 31 - November 3. Further investigation revealed that Buckingham stole the merchandise, then McNees and Boyd would return the merchandise for gift cards.

Wilkes Barre, PA: Over $2,000 in items reported stolen from Macy's
Police are investigating a theft from Macy's in the Wyoming Valley Mall that resulted in over $2,000 in items being taken from the store. Store security reported to police that on at 5:16 p.m. on Monday that two black women and one black man had stolen multiple Michael Kors and North Face clothing items. The women were allegedly seen running from the store with two sweatshirts each, valued at $200. The man was also seen carrying jackets valued at $1,949. Total value of the theft is $2,149.

St Mary's MD: Employee theft scheme alleged at St. Mary's Target

ORC 11-11-15
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