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ORC Leaders Series

Coming Soon - Kevin Plante, Director, Loss Prevention Reporting and Analytics, CVS
Over the past 25+ years, Kevin has held a number of senior-level LP positions with national retailers ranging from Pep Boys to Staples to his current role at CVS. He has also worked tirelessly to help promote collaboration and partnerships within the LP industry through his founding of the New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance and his involvement with the Retailers Association of Massachusetts as Chairman of their LP Committee since 2005.

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Canada's ORC Leaders Highlighted - To Be Announced Soon

Bloods-linked gang members charged with running $414K identity-theft ring
Hitting Barney's & Saks Fifth Ave in NYC & Reselling Luxury Goods

More than three dozen members of a Bloods-affiliated gang were charged Tuesday with running a $414,000 identity-theft ring focused on making purchases with stolen credit card accounts at Barneys, prosecutors said Tuesday.

In all, 39 gang members, who called themselves the "Pop Out Boys," used stolen bank information it pulled from the Dark Web to create their own credit cards to shop at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue
, said NYPD Inspector Joseph Dowling. Their gang name referred to their flashy lifestyle. "They sort of pop out, wearing expensive clothes, a lot of popping the cork on champagne bottles," Dowling said.

Detectives executed eight search warrants, finding five handguns and five "credit card mills," which included computers, credit-card making equipment and cash, Dowling said.

"In at least one case, an individual is accused of making nearly twenty trips to the same luxury department store to buy designer clothes and merchandise," DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.

The suspects bought and resold Goyard handbags and other luxury items, then used the cash to fund nightclub outings and trips to Miami, California and Georgia, police said.

Detectives caught wind of the alleged fraud while investigating another case at Barneys. They saw some of the defendants shopping with a stack of credit cards, Dowling said.

Montebello, CA: Police make arrests in $500,000 Shoplifting Ring targeting Victoria's Secret, JC Penney
Two people were arrested and two others were cited for allegedly taking part in a shoplifting ring that targeted Southern California Victoria's Secret and JC Penney stores, making off with more than $500,000 in merchandise, Montebello police said Tuesday. Gabriel Contreras, 23, of Highland, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and grand theft, and Riverside resident Guadalupe Rocio Morales, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, according to police. The arrests were the result of a three-week investigation conducted by Montebello police in conjunction with loss-prevention agents from Victoria's Secret and JC Penney, according to Montebello police Lt. Andrew Vuncanon. A search of Morales' home turned up a significant amount of clothing, handbags, makeup, perfume and lotions believed to be stolen from Victoria's Secret and JC Penney worth an estimated $489,000, Vuncanon said. The investigation led authorities to another Riverside home where they recovered an additional $20,000 worth of stolen property from Victoria's Secret and JC Penney. Two women were detained at the home and cited to appear in court for allegedly possessing the stolen clothing and property.

ORC Trio busted hitting CVS in Milford, Conn.
Three people have been arrested after Milford Police were called to a CVS for a shoplifting and caught the shoplifters in the act. Police have charged 26 year old Michelle Ripani of Meriden, 28 year old Michael Lusardo of Hamden and 31 year old Dean Goss of Hamden with shoplifting. Ripani and Lusardo are also charged with larceny 6th and conspiracy to commit larceny 6th. Goss is also charged with conspiracy to commit larceny 6th.

According to police, 33 cases of Red Bull energy drinks, 13 cans of baby forumula and 5 pars of jeans totaling over $800 that were taken from the store were found in their vehicle.

Heroin behind ORC ammo theft at Gander Mountain
"I picked up the habit and became a heroin addict," Paul Goetz-Hoke, 28, explained as his reason for stealing over $14,000 in gun ammunition from Gander Mountain in January. Goetz-Hoke pleaded guilty to first degree retail theft and organized crime - both five-year felonies. He will be sentenced June 6.

The boxes of Blazer brass, valued at $120 a box, and Winchester shells worth $49.99 a box were then taken to Coldwater Gun and Pawn and sold for cash so he could buy drugs. Goetz-Hoke told the store his father had a storage unit where he had hoarded the ammunition which he now was selling off. Branch County prosecutor Ralph Kimble said the pawn shop owner still was suspicious and came to him. Police were asked to investigate. Coldwater Police uncovered the thefts from Gander Mountain.

Also arrested was Kayla Wagoner, 21, who acted as a look out and distraction so Goetz-Hoke could take the boxes of shells.
Credit card fraud ring busted; hit local post offices - Bulk Buying Gift Cards
Six men who allegedly belonged to a multi-state credit card fraud ring that struck a series of Westchester post offices were arrested on felony charges in Manhattan Tuesday.

Eric Robinson, Eldridge Mitchell, Jhaymes Bethel Brown, Jr. and Kordell Nesbitt are accused of using American Express, Visa and MasterCard gift cards to defraud victims out of more than $150,000. They went to various post offices in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, where they purchased American Express, Visa, and MasterCard gift cards ("Gift Cards"). Typically, the defendants bought or attempted to buy several $500 Gift Cards at one time.

As a result, the victims whose bank account information had been stolen and encoded onto the fraudulent credit cards were left to pay for the gift cards, which cost up to $500. Frequently, the stolen bank account information was for bank accounts maintained in foreign countries.

Woodburn, OR: Couple accused of Stealing Thousands of dollars in Merchandise from Woodburn Premium Outlets
An out-of-state couple was arrested earlier this month for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from various stores at Woodburn Premium Outlets. Mayra Gutierrez-Leon, 29, and Eddwin Ricardo Bejerano-Barrios, 28, both of Los Angeles, were arrested at the mall April 8, after Woodburn police received reports from several different store witnesses and video surveillance showing the couple stealing clothing. After contacting the suspects and searching their vehicle, officers allegedly recovered additional stolen merchandise valued over $5,000. Recovered clothing merchandise was returned to various stores at the mall, but the Woodburn Police Department is working to return additional stolen merchandise to stores not located at the mall. The couple was found in possession of tools used to remove clothing alarm sensors and "booster" bags that had been modified to attempt to defeat store alarm pedestals. According to police, the couple was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility and lodged on one charge each of organized retail theft, a class B felony.

Troy, MI: Retail fraud suspect caught after multi-city police chase
A man from Detroit has been charged with first degree retail fraud and eluding a police officer after he was arrested following a police chase through several communities. On Friday, Troy officers were sent to the Walmart on Maple on a report from their loss prevention that they attempted to stop a suspect for stealing $2,536 worth of store merchandise. The driver, a 32 year old man from Detroit was arrested and charged with first degree retail fraud and eluding a police officer.

Fredrick, MD: 2 charged after Police recover $1,000 of stolen merchandise from Wegmans & vehicle

Toms River, NJ: ID Sought In $1,000 Shop Rite Baby Formula Theft

Boynton Beach, FL: Two women used pepper spray on a loss prevention officer at a store in the 300 block of North Congress Avenue, then took off with merchandise


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