WV: 3 Arrested after 'Organized Retail Theft operation' is Shut Down; Kroger ORC
Team with an Assist
At least three
people were arrested and more arrests are expected after police raided two
locations in Huntington as a result of a yearlong investigation of a West
Huntington gas station officials allege was an "organized retail theft
operation." Several passers-by cheered seeing police swarming the
area. The multi-agency investigation alleges Basim Tallozi, Samir Tallozi and
Latischa Debord, 25, Basim Tallozi's girlfriend and others engaged in an
organized criminal enterprise since June 2014 involving benefit fraud by
exchanging cash for a fraction of the value of at least $5,000 in government
food benefit cards at the Save Way gas station. Beneficiaries of government food
benefit cards would be given a list of items to purchase from retail stores and
asked to return with the requested items with accompanying receipts. In return,
the beneficiaries would be given 50 percent of the value indicated on the
receipts. The items would be sold in the Save Way store. Basim Tallozi was
recently released from federal prison after being convicted in a large "Smoking
Aces" tobacco smuggling operation in Huntington, after admitting to transporting
17,112 cartons of cigarettes into the area.
County, WI: Man admits to stealing thousands of dollars worth of bottled
fragrances; JC Penney reports $93,000 shortage
40-year-old Markell Baker of Milwaukee faces a criminal charge of felony retail
theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of bottled fragrances
from the JCPenney store in the Village of Menomonee Falls. According to the
criminal complaint, an investigator for JCPenney notified police in February in
reference to a retail theft. He apparently became aware of a large shortage in
the fragrance inventory. It was short approximately $93,000.
Macon, GA: More than $11K worth of Levi's jeans
stolen from JCPenney
at Macon Mall
Over 150 pairs of Levi's jeans, totaling over $11,000, were stolen over the
course of two days from the JCPenney at the Macon Mall, according to a Bibb
Sheriff's Office incident report. It says a deputy responded to a call reporting
theft by shoplifting at the store on Friday. When he arrived, the loss
prevention officer told him the store had several cases of theft beginning on
Sept. 11. He said the thieves were not the same in each instance, but they were
stealing items the same way.
Salem, MA: Two arrested in Lowe's Chainsaw thefts
Two were arrested Monday after police said they stole chainsaws from a Lowe's
Home Improvement store. Joseph St. Laurent was caught by a police K9 late Monday
afternoon in Methuen, Mass., after he fled into the woods near the store.
Jennifer Tricca was waiting in a car in the store's parking. Police said
additional charges are expected.
Belknap County, NH: Grand
Jury indicts 2 on ORC Charges
Brandi Robie was indicted for organized retail theft for agreeing with Matthew
Robie to shoplift items from Wal-Mart or stealing items herself, and or that
Matthew Robie caused the store's cash register to reflect less than the stated
price for items and then removed them from the Tilton store. Matthew Robie was
also indicted for organized retail crime enterprise.
Huntsville, AL: Prosecutors say hundreds of identity theft victims likely in
"fraud factory" investigation
Only 10% of the evidence processed so far. Prosecutors overseeing the massive
fraud and identity theft ring found in Huntsville say there are likely hundreds
of victims in this case. "Neither of us have worked on a case where there will
be this many victims," Assistant District Attorney, Jay Town, tells WAAY 31
while sitting with his fellow Assistant District Attorney, Jeff McCluskey. he
pair says the shear volume of evidence so far, un-touched in the case is
staggering. "It would literally take a single investigator, I'd say, weeks and
weeks just doing nothing but working on this case," McCluskey said.
Investigators are working around the clock to try and figure out what was going
on in the upscale Huntsville home. Authorities say they have only processed
about 10% of the evidence so far.
Richmond, CA: 25 Arrested in
crime ring bust at Hotel -
guns, drugs, mail, and credit cards
A two-month investigation into activities at several hotel rooms led to the
arrest of 25 people, police announced Tuesday. The arrests were related to
charges that included gun trafficking, drug sales and mail theft and fraud.
Investigators obtained warrants for those rooms and others, and seized a credit
card manufacturing machine, stolen mail and credit information, illegal
narcotics, four handguns and an assault weapon.
Cranston, RI: Pair wanted
for trying to steal 'a large amount of medical supplies' from CVS
The police are seeking the public's help in locating two men suspected of trying
to shoplift "a large amount of medical supplies" from a CVS store on Reservoir
Avenue at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The police have warrants to arrest Eric Lemire,
26, and Calvin Freund, 40, both with last known addresses in the Pascoag section