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ORC 12-1-15




The Cost of Serial Shoplifters in Colorado Springs is $20M yearly
Twenty million dollars is how much money retailers in Colorado Springs lose to serial shoplifters every year. Why should you care?  "It's an epidemic here in Colorado Springs," says Det. Judd Tyson. He heads up the organized retail crime unit for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Colorado Springs police just arrested a woman they suspect is a professional shoplifter. Right now she is behind bars, accused of ripping off more than $150,000 from stores just this year. She is being linked to an alleged shoplifting ring that was run out of a house in a quiet Springs neighborhood.

These are thieves that rip us off with the intent to resell," said Kris Staaf with Safeway. The major grocery chain sat down with us down to talk about the problem. They have a team of undercover investigators who walk the stores.

Part of the problem, cops say, is the penalty for shoplifting has gotten lighter. Before 2007, you'd be charged with a felony if you stole more than $500 in one hit. The law changed to $1,000 in 2013, and now, you have to steal more than $2,000 worth of merchandise before it's a felony.

Drugs for undies: Va. sees increase in thefts
Virginia authorities say they have noticed a rise in people trying to steal underwear in order to earn money to buy drugs. Criminals are lured to the underwear because the clothing is easy to hide and it can be resold for a good price, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. "It's been drug-related every time," Windle said. "It's generally heroin addicts that are stealing this because they can resell it easily on the street, they can resell it for a fairly significant amount, and it's fairly easy to conceal."

Bonita Springs, FL: ID thief with over $1M in fake credit cards busted
An ID thief in possession of over $1 million worth of cloned credit cards, along with a stash of marijuana, was busted early Wednesday morning during an I-75 traffic stop by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Ruben Rodriguez De Roux, was arrested and sent to the Lee County Jail. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, at approximately 3 a.m., Rodriguez De Roux was stopped by an LCSO deputy after committing several traffic violations on I-75 in Bonita Springs. During the stop, a K-9 dog sniffed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and the deputy found he's driving under a suspended license. It was also discovered that Rodriguez De Roux had 103 highly-advanced counterfeit cloned credit cards; each with $10,000 limits. The cards had magnetic strips re-encoded with credit card information from the victims, who had their accounts compromised through skimming devices. In this type of case, the victim is actually in possession of their own issued card, while criminals like Rodriguez De Roux possess the account information and utilize it for illegal purposes.

Fairfax, VA: Police "Christmas Anti-Theft Team" arrest 4 in $19,000 Apple Store credit-card scheme
Members of the Fairfax County Police Department's "Christmas Anti-Theft Team" on Nov. 23 apprehended four men who allegedly were working together to make fraudulent purchases with stolen credit-card information. Employees of the Apple store inside Tysons Corner Center contacted the team's officers at around 9:20 p.m. The officers determined there were two men inside the store who reportedly had purchased 21 iPhone 6s Plus phones, totaling more than $19,000 in value. The men used numerous credit cards to make the purchases. When some of the cards were declined, one of the men produced other credit cards to complete the purchases, police said.

Linden, NJ: Four men Grab & Run $6,100 worth of Levi's Jeans from Kohl's
Police are looking for four men believed to be responsible for stealing $6,100 worth of Levi's jeans from Kohl's on Route 1. Around 11:23 p.m. loss prevention workers at Kohl's learned 58 pairs of Levi's jeans, worth $6,100 had been stolen from the store. When they reviewed security footage they say a gray Toyota Sienna van pull up to the store and two men get out of the van and take out two shopping carts from inside the vehicle. Police said two other men also got out of the van and before all four men entered the store. Police said the four men put jeans into the two shopping carts and exited the store through a fire exit door where the van was parked. Police said this is second incident at this Kohl's store. The men are believed to be part of an organized retail theft ring, police said.

Utica, NY: Man dressed as a woman flees store with a $1,000 worth of North Face jackets from Dick's
At approximately 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, police responded to Dick's Sporting Goods for a retail fraud in progress. The caller said the suspect removed several North Face jackets from the rack, ran out of the store without paying, and got into a car driven by a white male. During review of the surveillance video, the asset protection officer told police that the female suspect may have been a male dressed as a woman, saying the suspect was "approximately 6 foot 5 inches tall with an athletic build," wearing women's clothing and possibly a wig.

Mukwonago, WI: Serial Baby Formula thief arrested; wanted by Several agencies in Waukesha County
A 34-year-old East Troy man stole 10 cans of baby formula, valued at $189.90 from Pick 'n Save, around 9:45 a.m. Nov. 24. He was arrested by Muskego police on Nov. 26 for a similar theft in Muskego. The man was a suspect in several other grocery thefts in the Waukesha area and he faces multiple charges of theft from several agencies.

Kenosha, WI: Kohl's bust Dyson Vacuum cleaner thief
A 34-year-old Zion, Ill., man was arrested Sunday afternoon for attempting to steal an expensive vacuum cleaner from Kohl's. According to the Kenosha Police report, around 1 p.m. Anthony Jett attempted to leave the store with a Dyson vacuum valued at $679.99. Kohl's loss prevention unit provided video evidence to investigators. Jett was arrested for felony retail theft and cited for possession of marijuana.

Fairfax, VA: Target busts 4 from Chicago in Coupon Fraud Scheme
Fairfax County Police say they arrested four suspects in a coupon scheme at the Target store at Springfield Town Center. Last Wednesday at about 6:17 p.m. Target Loss Prevention notified the police department's (CATT) Christmas Anti-Theft Team of a possible fraudulent coupon scheme in progress. CATT members responded, surveilled the four suspects and took them into custody, police said. The suspects; all from the Chicago area, were charged with larceny by false pretense. Their 2011 minivan, was seized by police.

Paducah, KY: Police investigating 3 Shoplifters hitting Ulta store
According to Paducah police, an employee at Ulta on Hinkleville Road said three suspects were seen on surveillance video taking several hundred dollars' worth of cologne and leaving the store without paying.

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