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ORC 9-21-16




Huntington, 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.

Waukesha 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.

UPDATE: 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 of Burrillville.


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