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ORC 9-12-16




The 2016 U.S. ORC Effort Census


Given the fact that ORC now exceeds internal theft it's critical that we provide the retailers, state legislatures and the federal government with an accurate picture of the size of the effort that the 50+ ORC Associations have now grown to be.

So far, with only a few responding, we have over 7,000 executives from the retail industry and law enforcement community working together to help fight this epidemic.

With over 653 law enforcement agencies and 125 retailers and financial institutions working together this effort represents the largest collaborative effort in the history of retail. Contact Sean Colarossi at or Gordon Smith at

What's the census of your ORC Association?

Let us know so we can educate America and help pass more ORC legislation


We would like to thank the following ORC Organizations that have already responded:

Northern Nevada Organized Retail
Crime Alliance

Missouri Organized Retail
Crimes Association


Nassau County, NY: CVS busts ORC Shoplifter who hit 2 stores for over $6,000
Jeffrey Greene, 54, of Hempstead, was arrested Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, and charged with grand larceny and petit larceny charges in connection with the theft of more than $6,000 in merchandise from CVS stores in Rockville Centre and Freeport, Nassau County police. A Hempstead man is scheduled for arraignment Sunday on grand larceny and petit larceny charges for stealing a bag of assorted merchandise worth more than $1,200 from a CVS in Rockville Centre on Saturday, Nassau County police said.

Queensbury, NY: Woman pleads guilty to $2,500 theft from French Mountain Commons Outlets
A Troy woman who police said was part of a group that stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from stores in the Million Dollar Half-Mile outlet centers pleaded guilty to a felony charge Wednesday in Warren County Court. Rosalie Johnson, 47, also known as Rosalie Jackson, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for April thefts from stores in French Mountain Commons. Police said she was in a car that contained about $2,500 worth of stolen items, which police stopped after getting a shoplifting complaint from an unspecified store. Johnson has three prior felony convictions, all for theft or forgery-related crimes, and faces up to 4 years in state prison when sentenced by Warren County Judge John Hall.

Orem, UT: Archery Store employee busted in $6,000 theft; selling products online
A Provo man was arrested Thursday afternoon on reports that he stole archery equipment then attempted to sell it online. Police reports state a manager of Jake's Archery in Orem received a tip from a man who reported he saw some archery equipment on the KSL classifieds that may have been stolen. The man told the manager that he had looked at some bows in a box with a Jake's Archery shipping label. The store manager recognized the KSL seller as her employee, Joseph Espinoza. The store manager purchased the bows back from the man, totaling nearly $6,000. Police believe tens of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment were likely stolen by Espinoza.

Mentor, OH: Over 50 arrested in Heroin Operation; many tied to ORC
Mentor Police have arrested more than 50 people through a special detail focused on heroin-related crime. The department said its undercover theft operation recently had a state grant renewed after seeing substantial success in curbing the crimes. "They'll take anything," Chief Kevin Knight said. A variety of things have reportedly been stolen, from jewelry and electronics, to light bulbs, baby formula and lobster tails. Most recently, 22 clothing items, mostly jeans, were stolen from a Mentor Target. Police say the shoplifters, Kayla Wenz and Matthew Lanning, admitted their drug-fueled intentions.

Lake Havasu, AZ: Jody G. Shettleroe, 58, was arrested Sept. 8 on charges of organized retail theft
Police say Shettleroe was found to be concealing items at a McCulloch Boulevard store in an elastic band he modified for the purpose of storing items he intended to steal from the store. Shettleroe admitted that he intended to sell the items. The total value of the allegedly stolen items was $26.43.

Centralia, WA: Chadrick Singleton, 26, charged with 2nd degree Organized Retail Theft, sentenced to 3 months in jail, $1,600 in fees


Credit Card Fraud

Grand Rapids, MI: FBI says, Suspects tied to $300K credit-card scheme at Walmart & Sam's Club
While investigating a disorderly-person complaint, Kent County sheriff's deputies wound up arresting suspects linked to $300,000 in fraud at Walmart and Sam's Club stores, the FBI said. The suspects, Cuban citizens living in Miami, are believed to have targeted Sam's Club stores in Alpine Township, Cascade Township, Holland, Lansing and Muskegon. They bought $40,000 in merchandise using stolen credit-card account numbers. Two of the suspects have ties with a $300,000 fraud scheme in Texas in which gift cards, or stored-value cards, are re-encoded with stolen account numbers to make fraudulent purchases at retailers such as Walmart and Sam's Club. A motel worker had recovered a "wad" of gift-card packaging and broken cards from the stairway trash. Police found three other such cards on a bed. Multiple cards with compromised data were found in the other room. Between June 10 and 13, the group used 87 account numbers under the names of Perez and two others, possibly fictitious, to make $40,167 in purchases, the FBI said.




Fremont, CA: Target thieves sets fire as a diversion

ORC 9-12-16
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