Georgia's ORC Effort - Past, Present, and Future
By Katie Tuttle
GRAORCA into GRALPC
In February of 2012, Rick Freese, who at the
time was a field LP executive with Target,
approached the GRALPC with a plan to implement
an Organized Retail Crime Alliance (ORCA) in the
Atlanta market. “It quickly made perfect sense
to all involved that Atlanta needed an ORCA and
that it was a perfect complement to the
already-established Council, and the objectives
aligned with our mission statement,” said
With the blessing of Rick McAllister, the
President of the Georgia Retail Association, the
GRAORCA was founded days later. Freese
immediately took a seat at the Council and
sub-chaired the GRAORCA.
Freese and Rory Stallard, Market Investigations
Manager at Toys “R” Us, got things moving
quickly, enlisting members and establishing
monthly meetings at Alpharetta PD headquarters.
Within a matter of weeks, the group closed their
first ORC investigation.
“We were able to shut down an ORC enterprise
that involved merchandise for drugs which netted
three arrests and impacted $350,000 in laundry
detergent losses from four Metro retailers,”
said Stallard. “Due to the collaboration of
multiple retailers and multijurisdictional LE
involvement and cooperation, we were able to
quickly investigate and successfully close this
Since then, the GRAORCA has grown considerably.
“What started as one or two retailers has
evolved into multiple retailers and several law
enforcement agencies,” said Stallard.
Freese, who recently left the Council and joined
a new company, began the process of shopping for
a database that would better enable GRAORCA
members to share intelligence with law
Sherri Dindal, Central Investigations with Home
Depot, whose recent experience while at Mejer
included playing a leadership role in the
implementation of a similar database project in
Ohio, volunteered to assist in the efforts
underway in Georgia. Soon thereafter, and
working with the Council, Netsential was chosen
to develop the GRAORCA database.
GRAORCA.ORG was officially introduced out at the
GRALPC’s Law Enforcement Only Conference in
September, and upwards of 100 Law Enforcement
and LP professionals immediately signed up for
Dindal said the database is a great way to
quickly send information.
“It also allows law enforcement to look at
trending and patterns,” she said. “It allows
members to share information across the entire
state; it’s not pinned down to a certain area or
Dindal said it is the group’s hope that they’ll
be able to drive a lot more information to the
website, so that more and more Loss Prevention
and Law Enforcement professionals will naturally
gravitate to the database.
Despite the push for GRAORCA.org, Dindal said
they still plan on using the website and the
monthly meetings equally.
“We can still benefit from both,” said Dindal.
“Having the face-to-face and having the
opportunity to network is still critically
important to our success.”
Overall, the group of retailers can see only
positives from the creation of GRAORCA;
positives for the retailers, the law enforcement
members, and the general public.
“It’s a collaborative organization that allows
us to go out and solve crimes together,” said
Continued tomorrow: final segment
Shoplifting gangs stealing $252,541 U.S. of goods an hour in
Ireland There has been a surge in thefts of luxury
goods including designer clothing, expensive toiletries and
toys this year. Shoplifting will cost retailers $358M U.S.
this year, with $72M U.S. of goods being stolen at Christmas
alone, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association
said. There was also a rise in gangs checking out more
remote shopping centres in places such as Nenagh and Roscrea,
and then sending down a couple of cars to do a quick
shoplifting blitz. "A lot of these people are well known to
stores in Dublin so they are turning to more remote outlets
where they can go in and out very quickly and hit a load of
places," said Mr Fielding. Alcohol, electronic goods,
toiletries, clothes and food were the most common items
targeted, with a surge in targeted thefts of luxury brands
this year. (Source
New Hampshire Police working with Retailers on Shoplifter
Website. The No Cost web site has
received the attention on Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Kmart and Walmart
in the Rochester area. The website is designed to share
information about shoplifting incidents including
descriptions of suspect and vehicles. With the increase of
Organized Retail Theft, the city has also seen a 37%
increase in shoplifting cases, a 24% increase in shoplifting
Four boys and a man on a shoplifting spree arrested in
Portland; $6000 in merchandise recovered.
Four boys all under the age of 18 were found
in a car with a man in his 20’s after hitting the Hollister
and Tommy Hilfiger stores in Portland and Troutdale. Upon a
search of the car, $6000 worth of merchandise was recovered.
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