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ORC 12-16-15




Alaska Organized Retail Crime Alliance showcases its alliance with local Retailers
Area residents learned that names, phone numbers, work histories and credentials are only a click away during a background check workshop held Tuesday. Hosted by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Alaska State Troopers Director Colonel James Cockrell and Lt. Dane Gilmore, the workshop held at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center addressed the various methods of checking an individual or company's background for law enforcement, business and personal use. Leon Morgan of the Alaska Information Analysis Center demonstrated how to use the Alaska Organized Retail Crime Alliance, a site dedicated to information sharing for businesses and law enforcement groups to prevent retail crimes. The site is accessible only to registered businesses who have proved that they are working with local police to monitor and stop thefts and other retail crimes. "Retail loss prevention officers, or managers within, like, a Target or a Fred Meyer or something, that have access to pretty good surveillance systems, can post incidents onto the site in almost a real-time environment," Morgan said. Once registered, businesses can post pictures and other details when they are victims of theft for other retailers and police groups to see. The goal is for those entities to be able to track repeat offenders or be on the lookout for those who commit crimes and migrate to other towns, Morgan explained.

Galloway Twp, NJ: 13 indicted in $100,000 South Jersey shoplifting ring targeting Marshalls and TJ Maxx
A total of 13 people are accused of taking part in a shoplifting ring that operated in southern New Jersey, netting more than $100,000 worth of clothing items. Police say the ringleaders were Alicia Blackburne, 27, and Robert Campbell, 29, both of Galloway Township. The New Jersey Attorney General's office says the ring would target Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Monmouth counties. Investigators say Campbell would drive Blackburne to one of the stores, where she would allegedly put items into a large shoulder bag and head to a bathroom. While in there, she would allegedly remove all security devices and leave the store. The stolen items would then be handed off to a third person, the AG's office said, who would go back to the store and return the items for a gift card. Then, the ringleaders would allegedly take those gift cards to a pawn shop, where they would receive half the amount in cash.

Louisville, KY: Kroger ORC Unit works with Kentucky State Police and Louisville Metro in Fencing raid
Police Officers raided a neighborhood corner store Tuesday, where they said stolen items were being sold. Unmarked white cars pulled up to the corner of Denmark Street and Cliff Avenue a little before 10 a.m. Tuesday. A Kroger representative said stolen baby formula and energy drinks were being re-sold at the store in the Oakdale neighborhood. Kroger said when items like the ones found Tuesday are stolen, it costs them millions of dollars. A representative for the grocery chain said it's tough to pinpoint exactly how much money is lost. He said, in a statement, "Organized retail crime is a significant issue for our industry, when it goes unchecked it costs everyone through higher prices. At Kroger we have made it a priority to stop these individuals." They said no one has been arrested, but the investigation is ongoing.

Circleville, OH: Indictment against multi-county 'Band of Thieves'; ATM Smash and Grab and Organized Crime
The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office helped make the case against a group of seven people indicted last week as part of a multi-county theft ring. The group, dubbed the "Band of Thieves" by investigators, are charged with crimes in Clark, Darke, Delaware, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Preble and Shelby counties. The 74-count indictment against the suspects was handed down by the Clark County Grand Jury on Dec. 8 and includes a break-in at Bubba's Corner in Pickaway County. Charges in the indictments include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, burglary, breaking and entering, safe cracking, vandalism, theft and receiving stolen property.

Napa, CA: Police Arrest 2 Suspected Of Stealing Pricey Wine From Stores
Napa police arrested two San Jose residents Monday on suspicion of stealing $4,000 worth of expensive wine from stores in Napa and in several different counties. Police responded around 7:10 p.m. Monday to a report of a wine theft at the Nob Hill food store, Lt. Debbie Peecook said. A store employee detained one of the suspects but two others fled in a vehicle, Peecook said. A Napa County sheriff's deputy who stopped the vehicle and found 14 bottles of wine allegedly stolen from the food store and 60 more bottles of wine valued at more than $4,000 in the vehicle.

Watertown, NY: $3,000 Shoplifting spree at Salmon Run Mall ends with 1 to 3 years in prison
Najah M. Fields, 21, Syracuse, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She had been charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of merchandise during a shoplifting spree at multiple businesses at the Salmon Run Mall. She is expected to be sentenced Jan. 8 to one to three years in prison.

Peoria, IL: Gander Mountain reports the theft of $1,500 in merchandise
Four women reportedly stole $1,500 worth of clothing from a store Friday evening. About 8:20 p.m. Friday, four women in their 20s dressed in dark clothing entered Gander Mountain, went up to a clothing display and started putting various types of clothing into their large handbags, according to a police report. They then left the store and entered a black, four door sedan without paying for the merchandise. The clothing was damaged and torn in their attempts to remove security devices.

Tampa, FL: Two suspects sought in drone theft from University Mall shop
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance images of two men shoplifting a drone worth about $800 from a North Tampa hobby shop. About 7:06 p.m. Friday, the men went into My Tobbies, inside University Mall.

Des Moines, IA: Four women busted at Kohl's in Ames, IA
The four women were arrested Monday after two of the women entered the store and walked out with various clothing items valued at just under $200. All four women were charged with third-degree theft. Webster and Sumlin were also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of a theft detection removal device.



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