ROCC'n the IAFCI
Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas Chapter Annual Seminars
Members of ROCC (Retail Organized Crime Coalition) were present at both the
IAFCI - Mid Atlantic and Carolinas Chapter annual training conferences last week
in Virginia Beach, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC. The conferences were attended by
loss prevention and financial institution investigators & leaders, federal &
local law enforcement as well as prosecutors. ROCC and the solutions it offers
to LP and law enforcement were discussed with the attendees. ROCC is the avenue
connecting LP investigators with federal agencies at the headquarter level -
combating chronic retail organized crime and financial fraud through case
referrals and training.
A few highlights...
Stephen Benjamin, CVS Health Regional Investigations Manager, received
the prestigious Financial Crimes Investigator of the Year at the
Carolinas Chapter with Tony Sheppard, ROCC board member and national
manager of investigations - CVS, present. Pictured below from left to
right are; Tony Sheppard, Stephen Benjamin and John Bridge - award
submitter and Senior Inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service.
at the IAFCI Carolinas Chapter were asked to participate in the South
Carolina Marine Corps Toys for Tots program producing overwhelming
support for underprivileged children located in South Carolina.
A dynamic group of speakers presented on topics including:
● Retail organized crime
● Cyber Crime - including a live dark web presentation related to sites
selling breached bank cards
● Human trafficking
● Social networks as a terror recruitment tool
● Exploitation of Wifi enabled devices
Want to learn more about ROCC, upcoming IAFCI training events or membership?
Please contact Glenn Justus at
IAFCI home page for more details.
County, CA: A Benicia man is being held without bail in the Sonoma County jail
after Sonoma Police discovered a carload of stolen merchandise inside the stolen
car the man was driving
And the man's female companion is being held on $10,000 bail. According to Sgt.
Orlando Rodriguez, shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, deputies were sent to
an address on West MacArthur concerning a suspicious couple who offered to sell
a man a new Honda generator and/or a new leaf blower. The couple then wanted to
know if there was a Lowe's in town. The man told them there wasn't a Lowe's, but
there was a Friedman's Home Improvement. After the couple left, the man called
the sheriff's office to report the incident. Deputies responded to Friedman's
where they found the black Audi SUV that the man described. The vehicle had been
reported stolen out of San Francisco on Nov. 7. The deputies located the man and
woman in the parking lot. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found stolen
property - including tools with tags and anti-theft devices still attached,
North Face clothing and the $1,200 Honda generator - in the back seat and in the
cargo area. Both Barnett and Jones have priors for theft and possession of
stolen property and both are on probation for property crimes offenses. There is
also a recommendation to the district attorney to charge the pair with
possession of burglary tools.
LaPorte, TX: Four busted in AT&T Burglary, charged with felony 'Engaging in
Organized Criminal Activity'
Four men were recently arrested for their alleged involvement in a La Porte cell
phone store burglary on Oct. 21. According to La Porte Police officials, patrol
officers were dispatched to the AT&T store located in the 8700 block of Spencer
Highway around 2:15 a.m. to investigate a possible burglary. Officers quickly
arrived on the scene and discovered the store had been burglarized but the
suspects had fled. "Fortunately, the AT&T corporation, using their own
technology, was able to aid police in locating the vehicle in which the suspects
escaped. La Porte Crime Scene units, processing the store later located a hole
in the wall which they believe was created by the suspects as they entered an
adjacent vacant unit within the strip center.
Hazel Dell, WA: Serial thief arrested; assaulted a Loss Prevention
agent at Walmart
A man suspected of shoplifting at the Wal-Mart was arrested Friday after
allegedly injuring an employee while fleeing the store. Gary Lee Johnson, 53, of
Portland made his first appearance in court Monday, charged with first-degree
burglary. Officers responded following a report of a man running out of the
Hazel Dell Wal-Mart after committing a theft. Security staff at Wal-Mart showed
officers video footage of Johnson allegedly taking a car battery to the return
counter for a refund. Although the serial number on the battery did not match
the receipt, the store refunded the money. When confronted at the return
counter, Johnson allegedly wriggled free of a store employee's grasp and vaulted
over the return counter toward the door. As he leaped over the counter, another
employee tried to grab him but slid and fell, scraping his knee and cutting his
finger deep enough to need stitches. Store employees said Johnson had been
banned from any Wal-Mart store by a June court order. In court records,
investigators said Johnson has been involved in three other store thefts in the
past six months, two at Wal-Marts in Clark County and another at a Fred Meyer in
Evesham, NJ: Shoplifting trio strikes twice at Burlington Coat
A trio of shoplifters stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise after hitting
the same store twice in a three-week period, according to police. Police believe
the male and two female suspects depicted in surveillance photos stole
approximately $500 worth of merchandise on two occasions at the Burlington Coat
Factory on 101 S. Route 73 in Marlton. They were spotted on Oct. 22 and again on
Petaluma, CA: Two Unidentified men hit same store twice in an hour: over $1,000
Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a man entered the store, located at on North McDowell
Boulevard, and stole merchandise. A few hours later, a different man entered the
same store and also stole merchandise, police said. The combined thefts amount
to about $1,000 in stolen items.
PA: ORC suspect hurls a bunch of bananas at Walmart Loss Prevention
Police say a 32-year-old Carbon County man allegedly hurled a bunch of bananas
at store security Sunday as he tried to steal a TV and a vacuum cleaner.
Authorities arrested the suspect's brother a day later on his own retail theft
charges. Mahoning Township police report that Michael Rehrig tried to leave
Walmart shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, when he was confronted by store
security. Rehrig allegedly threw a bunch of bananas at a loss prevention officer
and fled with about $539 in merchandise that included a 40-inch television and a
vacuum. Authorities say Rehrig was also involved in two thefts at the store on
Saturday that netted three 40-inch TVs. He was arraigned Sunday on three counts
of retail theft and two counts of criminal conspiracy.