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This female gang terrorized England for over 200 years
'The Forty Elephants'

A ruthless British street gang existed in the 1700s - 1950s; known for their theft, blackmail, burglaries, kidnappings, and ruthless beatings. They were called "The Forty Elephants," one of the most organized gangs of criminal history. They were all women.

They worked with male gangs, usually the "Elephant and Castle Gang," but they were far more organized and widespread. The Forty Elephants (also known as Forty Thieves) operated out of a series of cells which spider webbed across London to other cities. The "Queen" ran the entire operation. They were responsible for the largest shoplifting operation of their time. The first public awareness of the gang was in an 1873 newspaper; law enforcement officials suspected the operation had a history back to the 1700s. Few crossed the Forty Elephants, but many fell victim.

ORC in the UK by Traveling Romanian Gangs
UK Sheriff says Romanian shoplifters targeting Stirling city centre

A Stirling sheriff has claimed that Romanian shoplifters targeting city centre stores have become a "particular problem".

Sheriff Wyllie Robertson made the comments last Wednesday morning at Stirling Sheriff Court after handing down prison terms to three Romanian men involved in two separate offences at the Thistles Shopping Centre. "There is a particular problem in this jurisdiction with individuals from Romania committing shoplifting in the Thistles Centre. It is necessary to impose an exemplar sentence." "It is clear from what has been said that this was a deliberate and organised venture and you went there armed with equipment to avoid detection." There is a difficulty with Romanians coming to Stirling and shoplifting as a business.

Scottsdale, AZ: Police catch four Glendale roommates shoplifting at Macy's, $1,000 recovery
Four roommates are in custody after they were caught shoplifting from a Scottsdale Macy's store. Police say that on May 1 four Glendale roommates went into the Macy's store. They were observed by off-duty officers as each of them went into the dressing rooms with merchandise and came out with items placed in bags. They reportedly left the store without paying for the items. Police say that the two women were found to have "theft prevention" devices in their purses. The value of the clothing stolen by the four was about $1,000. All four have been charged with organized retail theft, shoplifting and removal of theft detection devices.

Gastonia, NC: Man charged with Felony Heroin possession,
warrants for ORC in 3 counties

A Gastonia man has been charged with felony heroin possession and running from officers. Joshua Kain Brooks, 28, was arrested on Sunday after officers responded to a call about shots being fired. When they arrived at the scene, officers saw Brooks running away. Brooks was found hiding from officers in a crawlspace underneath a vacant home. Officers allegedly found a pill bottle containing nine individually wrapped pieces of black tar heroin and one syringe. Brooks was charged with felony possession with intent to sell heroin and resisting an officer. He was also served with outstanding felony warrants for organized retail theft, larceny and possession of stolen goods from Gaston County, Randolph County and Moore County.

Huntsville, AL: Man, woman stuff clothes inside their own clothing at T.J Maxx
Two people recently walked out of a store looking stuffed but it wasn't a restaurant, it was a clothing store. We need your help identifying them caught in the act, stuffing and stealing items. The man and woman are seen walking into the T.J. Maxx on Airport Road on April 16. Huntsville police say the two stuffed more than 20 polo shirts underneath their own clothes. The two are seen on store surveillance stuffing merchandise in their pants and underneath their shirts. The woman also used a huge handbag to hide some items as well. You can see them adjusting their clothes just before they made their way out. The loss prevention officer had a camera on them the whole time.

Westampton, PA: Pamela Lynn Zahn was recently arrested after stealing more than $500 worth of merchandise from Kohl's
Store personnel told police that Zahn grabbed electronics and jewelry When store employees searched her purse, police say, they found a glass crack pipe.

Livonia, MI: Boxes of Energy drinks stolen from Walgreens
Livonia police were dispatched around 1:45 p.m. May 9 to the Walgreens store on Newburgh, where they were told a suspect had stolen some $60 worth of energy drinks. Assistant manager told police she'd seen a white male with brown hair, wearing an orange hoodie and denim shorts walk out of the store with multiple boxes of energy drinks.

Norwalk, CT: Gerald Patrick, 35, was charged with possession of a shoplifting device, sixth-degree larceny, and organized retail theft

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