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ORC 3-25-13



Colorado Springs Computer store busted, center of Million dollar ORC ring.   Seven people were arrested Friday morning as a four-month undercover investigation yielded thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. Detectives first learned of stolen property being sold in a business back in Nov. 2012. The business, Just Computers, was selling shoplifted items, police said. It was also selling property stolen from vehicles, homes and businesses. The investigation started in December and involved the Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Fountain Police Department, El Paso County District Attorney’s Office, Safeway Corporation, Home Depot and the U.S. Postal Service. Police said the business Just Computers, led by owner Clay Schaner, would receive the stolen property and then resell it. According to police, Schaner conducted more than $1.3 million in Ebay sales in a four-year period. (Source

Nearly two dozen Retailers meet with Police in Clarksville, Tennessee to focus on ORC.  ORC groups targeting retailers are in and out of a store within two minutes; retailers in the Clarksville area believe they have stolen nearly $30,000 of merchandise. Clarksville Police are hoping more retailers will become part of this ORC Task Force and increase the sharing of information. (Source

Three arrested in Lane County, Oregon, outstanding warrants and theft from Walmart and Fred Meyer.  Over $1700 in merchandise from Walmart was recovered following the arrest of three suspects on Saturday. Fred Meyer Loss Prevention apprehended one suspect with $48 in merchandise which led to the Walmart recovery. A search of a Redmond motel room rented by one of the suspects also turned up a firearm and drug paraphernalia. (Source

Brothers in Utica busted for baby formula theft from CVS. 
Video surveillance images released to the public resulted in the arrest of two brothers in Utica for the theft of $500 in baby formula from CVS as well as $250 of liquor stolen from another area retailer. A tip following a media report resulted in warrants being issued for the two suspects. (Source

Norfolk suspect gets 10 yr. in prison for $1M gift card scheme 
A 21-year-old Norfolk man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison for a scheme in which he tried to obtain more than $1 million in major retailers' gift cards by posing as nonprofit organizations. Dominique A. Hankins ordered the cards from suppliers that sell them at discount to nonprofit organizations. Charitable organizations in turn sell the cards at face value to raise money, according to court documents. (Source

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