Two recent stories come together in this article that reports on rampant Tide thefts in Tulsa, OK and the creation of an Organized Retail Crime task force in that city. The city is losing $2 million dollars a year in tax revenue due to the proliferation of ORC gangs stealing household items such as laundry detergent, razors, heartburn medicines, and teeth-whitening strips. Who knows when these reports will end, or what will be the next hot ticket item?
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April 11, 2012
The Tulsa police department has recently formed a new Organized Retail Crime Unit to fight the dozens of groups they believe are operating in and around the city. Major retailers such as Target and Best Buy are also sharing information with one another and law enforcement officials regarding suspects, vehicles, “hot” merchandise and the like in order to reduce the impact these criminals are having on their bottom line. Putting pressure on repeat shoplifters is just the first step in an ongoing process to eliminate the issue, because let’s face it, there will sadly always be folks who want something for nothing.
December 30, 2011
Three suspects have been charged with stealing more than $100,000 worth of merchandise in the Tulsa, OK, area, with more arrests possible as the investigation continues. One of the suspects was renting a house that recently went up in flames, but no definite connection has been made between the arson and the thefts so far. The Tulsa Fire Department is urging individuals who know anything about the fire to share their information. Similarly, the Tulsa Police Department wants the public to know that organized shoplifting is a real problem in the community, and that they have recently created an Organized Retail Crime Task Force in order to combat the issue. Every item stolen from a retailer helps drive price increases for law-abiding citizens, so stopping ORC is important for stores and honest customers alike.