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ORC 2-19-13



ORC Bill in Nevada introduced focuses on Habitual Offenders and major Retail Crimes.  One piece of legislation that cracks down on organized retail theft and another aimed at refining the filing of habitual offender status in criminal cases are now before the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary. Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Richard Carrillo presented AB102, the organized retail theft bill, to the committee Monday. Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Paul Aizley followed suit with AB97 on when prosecutors file for habitual offender status. The ORC legislation presented Monday, AB102, seeks to change the definition of organized retail theft. Organized retail theft is currently defined as an operation by three or more people who steal at least $3,500 worth of merchandise in a 90-day period. This bill seeks to change that statue to cover individuals who steal merchandise with the intent to sell the items, and it aims to lower the threshold to $2,500. (Source (Source

ORC trio busted hitting a Walmart store in Ark. 
Dyersburg Police investigators have charged three suspects from Arkansas in connection with the theft of computer equipment from the Walmart Supercenter in Dyersburg. Thefts occurred on three different occasions from the same location. Investigators obtained the store's video surveillance that captured three individuals leaving the store, and provided the video to local and Memphis media outlets. DPD Sgt. Jim Joyner received a tip from an individual that recognized the three suspects from a television newscast from Memphis and reported that the trio was from Osceola, Ark. (Source

Organized Retail Crime:
Estimated Lost Sales Tax Revenue by State

The Food Marketing Institute has released a report containing Organized Retail Crime: Estimated Lost Sales Tax Revenue by State. Over the next several days the Daily will publish these figures. Stay tuned to see your state estimate!

State Annual Sales - Retail Trade and Food Services (2009) State % of Annual Retail Sales Est. Amount of Stolen Merchandise Attributed to ORC (by State) State Sales Tax Rates Est. Lost Sales Tax Revenue Attributed to ORC (by State)
Michigan $128,858,685,148 2.98% $894,661,297 6.00% $53,679,678
Minnesota $76,968,685,292 1.78% $534,390,862 6.88% $36,739,372
Mississippi $37,955,730,168 0.88% $263,525,293 7.00% $18,446,771
Missouri $86,050,744,105 1.99% $597,447,275 4.23% $25,242,147
Nebraska $26,964,339,736 0.62% $187,212,458 5.50% $10,296,685

*Note: States with no state sales tax were omitted (AK, DE, MT, NH, and OR)

For more information on organized retail crime, visit FMI's issue page.

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