Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR)
Seventh annual conference set for Oct. 24-27
CLEAR released its latest newsletter last month,
reporting on top ORC cases and providing information about their seventh annual
training conference set to take place Oct. 24-27 in Reno, Nevada.
To view the newsletter, which is also available at the
CLEAR was formed in November 2008 by a group
of Law Enforcement and Retail Loss Prevention professionals that saw the need
for the formation of a partnership.
following are some of the goals and objectives of this partnership:
To encourage mutual cooperation between all law
enforcement agencies and retail corporations throughout the United States toward
the goal of detection, prevention, and investigation of property crimes and the
apprehension of the perpetrators.
promote and encourage municipal, county, state, and federal organizations to
create and support enforcement and detection units to combat property such as
but not limit to; organized retail crime, fencing of stolen property, cargo
theft, identity theft and fraud,burglary, theft, and organized property crime
For more information about this important
organization, click here.
OH: Mentor Police Department Retail Theft Crime Deterrence Program paying
The results are in for the first half of
the 2016 Retail Theft Crime Deterrence Program, begun last year with the
help of a $18,000 State of Ohio grant. The program has netted nearly as many
arrests in the first six months of this year as in all of 2015. That also
goes for the number of criminal charges brought, totaling 125 so far in 2016
vs. 149 last year.
One similar stat is the large percentage of drug
addicts committing the crimes. Last year, it was 41 offenders out of the 67
arrested and this year it is 38 out of 56. "Mentor PD has done a great job
of developing relationships with loss prevention staff at various retail
establishments in the city, targeting theft offenses," Lake County Narcotics
Director David Frisone said. "Many of these thefts are committed to convert
stolen merchandise into cash-for-drug purchases.
The Retail Theft
Crime Deterrence Program was started in answer to a rise in drug-related
The first two years are being paid for with a 75
percent matching grant of about $25,000 from the Office of Criminal Justice
Services. The police department applied for a continuation of this funding
for 2017 and could be awarded a 50 percent match in November. The program
involves four officers - two assigned to work an undercover surveillance
detail and two from the department's Crime Prevention Unit.
Boston, MA: Police
Officer to voluntarily resign to avoid prison; caught with $5,000 of Gift
Cards from Shoplifting Ring
A nine-year Boston
police veteran will resign voluntarily and avoid prison if a federal judge
accepts the terms of his guilty plea to access device fraud at a hearing
this afternoon. Officer Eddie B. Odney, 38, earned $97,642 last year when he
purchased $5,000 worth of gift cards from a shoplifting ring "that he knew
were obtained from the return of stolen merchandise at various retail
stores," federal prosecutors said in their charging document.
Provo, UT: Utah County's Most Wanted: Serial
shoplifter wanted after stealing home security system
The Utah County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking
Colby Shepherd. Shepherd's warrant stems from an incident in March. The Home
Depot loss prevention officers observed Shepherd shoplifting in Provo. This
was Shepherd's third arrest for shoplifting since January 2015, making it a
third-degree felony. Shepherd was admitted into mental health court and in
July, as a part of his terms of mental health court, he took a plea in
Crown Point, IN: Woman
accused of stealing $900 of diapers from Meijers
Loss Prevention caught Rachel Martin, who had her 2-year-old son with
her, allegedly stealing three boxes of diapers worth $95 on Friday
afternoon. Martin was viewed on store surveillance allegedly stealing
diapers on nine previous trips to the store beginning June 21. The value of
those stolen diapers was $845.
Brunswick, GA: CVS
Pharmacist charged with 12 counts of theft of oxycodone, morphine, Dilaudid,
Adderall, and other narcotics
CVS, more than 3000 pills worth about $5456 were missing in total. Store
surveillance footage showed Tiffany Quick stealing pills and then ingesting
and injecting them at the pharmacy.
Augusta, GA: Suspect
A shoplifter who
stole 48 items escaped store security Saturday. Deputies say Robert Jason
Buckner, 35, was seen placing children's clothing into a plastic tote and
then tried to leave through the store's garden entrance. When Buckner was
approached by security, he ran.
Muskegon, MI: Ana Rosati, 12 months
jail with credit for time served, 24 months probation for Organized Retail
Crime, second-time habitual offender, 1,098 fees/costs, transfer to Swift
and Sure Sanctions Probation Program