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ORC Ring member sentenced to 5 years in prison for "engaging in pattern of corrupt activity" in Delaware County
The last of four people involved in a retail theft ring has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in Delaware County Common Pleas Court to a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Jamey Rose, 35, of Marion, pleaded guilty to a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony. Rose was part of a group that would go to retail stores and steal a variety of valuable items and then either sell the items directly for drugs or give them to someone who would return the items for in-store credit. Prosecutors said the stores targeted by the group included grocery stores, pet stores, home improvement stores, and several large retail or box stores.

Amber Rose, 37, of Prospect, Ohio, was sentenced to four years in prison on Dec. 28, 2015. Ian Thacker, 33, of Marion, was also sentenced to five years in prison on Oct. 19, 2015. Jill Columber, 44, of Richwood, Ohio, was sentenced to three years of probation on Nov. 23, 2015.

Traffic stop nails ORC trio hitting Best Buys stores in Pennsylvania - $17,000 recovered in electronics
Aantwon Justin Williams, 24, of Wilmington, New Jersey; Jasmond J. Welcome, 28, of Chester; and Charles E. Chevalier, 25, of Philadelphia, were charged with one count each of felony receiving stolen property and misdemeanor unlawful possession of retail theft instrument after they were caught with nearly $17,000 worth of high-end electronics that police said were stolen from multiple Best Buy Stores in western and central Pennsylvania.

Houston, TX: Gang of 10 Men Smash & Grab Gun Store, escape with cache of weapons
Houston police now say at least 10 men were involved in a smash and grab-style burglary at Carter's Country gun store in southwest Houston early this morning. Authorities say a man used a black Ford F150, and hooked it up to some tools to rip off the front door. The burglars took several high-powered rifles. Police say the thieves went inside the store and smashed cases and grabbed guns off the wall. An officer also said this location has been burglarized several times, most recently two months ago.

Las Cruces, CA: Group, possibly a family, sought in Target shoplifting
The incident occurred the evening of Feb. 15 at the Las Cruces Target, police detectives learned the group entered the store together and loaded merchandise into two shopping carts. They then rolled the carts past all checkouts and left the store with an estimated $4,175 worth of merchandise. Target surveillance cameras captured images of a group of five individuals suspected of working together. The group appears to include an adult woman, two young men and one woman in their teens or early 20s, and a young girl who is possibly 8 to 12 years old.

Petaluma, CA: Police seeks $3,500 Ulta Beauty shoplifting suspects
Petaluma Police are searching for two women suspected of stealing $3,500 worth of merchandise from the Ulta Beauty store in Petaluma on Feb 21. On Feb. 21 at approximately 11:27 a.m., police said two unknown females entered the East Washington Street store and selected numerous items from their display areas. Both subjects fled the store on foot with the stolen merchandise.

Frederick, MD: New website closed to public, Protects Retailers; The new "Retail Business Watch Site" aims to reduce shoplifting
There's a new website in Virginia that created a network of businesses that all want to get shoplifting under control. According to Capt. Alek Beeman, the growing issue of burglary and robbery sprees isn't slowing down in Frederick County; the sheriff's office is investigating another string of thefts from just last week. "As a matter of fact, I heard them giving out a [be on the lookout] for the same car on my way home on Friday. They have suspects and a vehicle description, but they haven't caught him yet," Beeman said. This is a scenario where the new "Retail Business Watch Site" -- recently launched by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office -- comes in handy.

Kings Plaza Kiosk worker & girlfriend hit for $100,000 in gift cards using stolen credit cards

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