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ORC 11-30-15




Quincy, MA: Man charged under new Retail Crime Law
Prosecutors say a Quincy man may have made Massachusetts criminal law history when he became one of the first people charged under a new state law targeting organized retail crime. Prosecutors say Feng Deng, 71, was one of three people who had been running a storefront business in downtown Boston that made tens of thousands of dollars reselling variety of products that had been stolen from other downtown businesses by a ring of shoplifters. Boston police raided the business, called My-Tan Fashion, on Tuesday and seized more than 5,000 items with an estimated retail value of more than $100,000, according to the Suffolk County district attorney's office.

Deng and his two alleged accomplices, 49-year-old Cindy Tran of Malden and 54-year-old Phuong Quach of Dorchester, were arraigned on charges of receiving stolen property worth more than $250, distributing counterfeit goods and the new charge of leading a retail crime operation, which was created under a state law passed in April. Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael Coyne ordered all three defendants to give up their passports and set bail at $500 for Quach and $300 for Feng and Tran.

Calgary, CN: Shoplifting can net Calgary criminals up to $15K a day, police say
Calgary police and retailers are joining forces to combat organized retail crime, that drops tens of thousands of dollars into the drug trade every single day. "It is a growing problem in Calgary and Canada as a whole, costing Canadian retailers an estimated $4.6 billion each year," Calgary police Cst. Andrew Critchley said at a news conference Wednesday. The money goes directly to the drug trade, Critchley said, and the dollar amounts in Calgary can be massive. "We have identified people that can steal up to $10,000 to $15,000 a day, six or seven days a week." The general manager of loss prevention with London Drugs says higher prices are only one consequence.

Woodbury, MN: Thieves spray tear gas during $9,000 Twin Cities' Victoria's Secret theft
Thieves used tear gas to escape a Victoria's Secret store Thanksgiving Day, forcing an evacuation of the store. Police responded to the Woodbury Lakes shopping center lingerie store at 9 p.m. after a sales clerk followed two females who each grabbed a pile of merchandise and ran out of the store. As the employee followed, she was attacked with what was believed to be pepper spray. After police testing, the spray was found to be a tear gas compound, according to Michelle Okada, public information officer for Woodbury Public Safety. Employees estimated nearly $9,000 of damages, including the merchandise taken and damage from the spray.

Lafourche Parish, LA: Deputies arrest one man, search for others
in $6,000 retail theft ring
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced that they have made an arrest in an investigation into a suspected retail theft ring. Webre says deputies have recovered over $6000 in stolen merchandise from several Walmart stores in South Louisiana. They have also arrested one suspect, Edward Lawson and issued a warrant for a second suspect, Willie Holmes. According to deputies, they began an investigation earlier this month into two incidents at the Walmart Supercenter in Raceland. On, Saturday, November 14, three men were seen leaving the store with over $800 worth of merchandise without paying for it. Two of the men seen leaving the store were later identified as Lawson and Holmes. In another incident on Wednesday, November 18, a male suspect attempted to steal over $300 worth of merchandise from the store. During the investigation, deputies learned that a group of individuals, including Lawson and Holmes, had committed several thefts at Walmart stores across South Louisiana.

Corpus Christi, TX: Three arrested at Academy Sports, hitting store and cars in the parking lot
Three suspects accused of theft were to taking items from some holiday shopper's cars, as well as stealing items from a local department store. The two men and a woman were arrested in the Academy parking lot off of South Padre Island Drive around 3:15 p.m. According to police, the three are accused of trying to take items from cars but were caught trying to take two Yeti coolers from the Academy store. Police say the three were charged with theft and are investigating other items found outside the store that could have been taken from different locations.

Plainville, MA: Dewalt tool thief may have hit Lowe's in CT, RI, and MA
The Plainville Police Department is investigating a theft at Lowe's that occurred on October 29th. A male subject entered the store just before 5:30 p.m., filled a cart full of Dewalt Tools, and exited the store without paying for the items. Several Lowe's in Southern New England have been hit by the same subjects, in the same vehicle, a light blue/teal colored Chevy Cavalier 4 door. Stolen plates have been put on the vehicle to deter identification. Massachusetts plates and Rhode Island plates have been used. Lowe's in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut have all been victims of the thefts, which range in the thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise being stolen. Police say the suspects are in and out of the stores in two to three minutes.

Mesa, AZ: Salt River and Mesa Police target shoplifters on Black Friday
Mesa Police released footage of a woman allegedly stealing over $1,200 in electronics from a store. Her arrest came as part of the annual Fade to Black Friday ant-shoplifting effort. Mesa and Salt River police departments joined forces to help East Valley retailers combat holiday shoplifting during the third annual operation Fade to Black Friday. Shoplifting harms businesses large and small, and the cost of the loss is often passed on to consumers, Mesa police Lt. Scott Martin said. The effort launched last week in preparation for the bustling Black Friday sales and shopping season. Mesa police said officers involved in the operation already arrested 35 people for shoplifting and recovered more that $4,000 in stolen merchandise. Many of the people arrested had prior criminal history, including theft and drug possession, police said. Last week's shoplifting arrests included a woman who stole over $1,000 in electronics using a plastic tub and a man who hid gloves, women's leggings, baby shoes and a book in his loose-fitting pants, according to police reports.

Mt Juliet, TN: Undercover cop helps nab Belk shoplifters
Two women were taken into custody Friday morning after an undercover officer reportedly spotted them shoplifting. According to a release, the undercover officer spotted Beverly Johnson, 55, and Laquinta Sanders, 28, entering Belk at Providence Marketplace just before 9 a.m. with a large empty handbag. The officer alerted the retailer of the suspicious behavior and the two women were reportedly captured on surveillance video removing a plastic Belk bag from a purse and allegedly stuffing it with clothing, perfume and jewelry.

Tilton, NH: Police seek man in $2,500 theft of baby formula
Police said they're looking for a man who stole thousands of dollars of baby formula from Walmart stores in Laconia and Tilton. The product was stolen during several trips over the past week, and police said they're using surveillance photos to try to catch the man. Investigators said the man walked into the stores, filled carts to the brim and walked out. "Somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,500 worth of baby formula," Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said. "The suspect took all of the baby formula." Police said surveillance photos show the face of the man, who could have felony charges.

Johnson City, TN: Woman arrested for Felony Theft at J C Penney's; steals over $500 worth of makeup
Johnson City Police have arrested a woman for shoplifting at the Johnson City Mall. Saturday, Officers responded to the store and arrested 29 year-old Lena Wright of Bristol, VA. Officers discovered that Wright had entered the store and concealed $533 of makeup items.

Athens, GA: Female Shoplifters make several trips in-out of Ollie's

Columbus, OH: Over $1,000 of Kohl's merchandise recovered as 2 suspects flee

Troy, MI: 2 arrested in Victoria's Secret $800 theft attempt

ORC 11-30-15
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