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ORC 2-25-13



Two shopkeepers busted running ORC ring in York City, Pa. 
Police bust two shopkeepers in York City for operating a retail theft ring out of a corner bodega along the 200 block South Penn Street. Li Jang Wang, 61, and Yu Ping Xu, 57, are facing numerous charges including organized retail theft, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. The pair is accused of paying thieves money for stolen merchandise and then reselling it to customers out of “Yongs” bodega. (Source

Best Buy Pittsburg ORC ring still at large 
The ORC gang that hit the Best Buy stores before the holidays in Ross Township, in the Pittsburg, Pa., area are still at large and the police are still working the case. (Source

Target shoplifting crew sought in San Pedro  Police are working to identify a shoplifting crew that filled up two shopping carts full of merchandise at a Target store in San Pedro and made off with the loot in a carefully orchestrated crime. The entire crime - from entering the store to filling up the carts to speeding away in the parking lot - was captured by store surveillance cameras. "I just need someone who can identify one or any or all of them," Los Angeles police Detective Don Eldridge said. "They hit another one in Hawthorne just before they hit that Target in Pedro." Eldridge asked anyone with information about the group to call him at 310-726-7853. (Source

Victoria’s Secret store hit again in Gastonia, NC; losing another $2000.  The same store that was hit last Tuesday was struck again on Saturday evening. This time the thieves were able to steal 168 pair of underwear valued at $2100. The theft last Tuesday netted the thieves $2500 of merchandise. (Source

Georgia Police looking for a iPad thief hitting Walmart for thousands.  The suspect, Ebony Washington purchases the iPad with cash and leaves the store, only to return a few minutes later for a return. Unfortunately, inside the re-sealed iPad box is a pad of notebook paper instead of the iPad. The suspect has hit Walmart store in Douglasville and Newnan twice, along with stores in College Park, Dunwoody, Marietta, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Dallas and Austell. Washington is wanted of 21 outstanding warrants from New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Georgia. (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. Here are the last of the remaining states. Click here to see all what's been published.

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)
Vermont $10,471,453,069 0.24% $72,702,929 6.00% $4,362,176
Virginia $119,784,372,151 2.77% $831,658,662 4.00% $33,266,346
Washington $97,463,755,385 2.26% $676,687,409 6.50% $43,984,682
West Virginia $24,338,144,567 0.56% $168,978,878 6.00% $10,138,733
Wisconsin $76,251,637,365 1.76% $529,412,423 5.00% $26,470,621
Wyoming $9,824,004,472 0.23% $68,207,716 4.00% $2,728,309

*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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