What is Organized Retail Crime?

Organized retail crime (ORC) refers to professional shoplifting or other theft occurring in retail stores. These criminals are increasingly turning to online marketplaces to quickly and discretely move mass quantities of stolen merchandise. Unfortunately, these criminal rings are growing more brazen and violent, putting the safety of customers and store employees in jeopardy. Organized rings are often involved in other crimes within the community, including narcotics, money laundering and human trafficking.
The Evolution of Organized Retail Crime in Retail Today

The Evolution of Organized Retail Crime in Retail Today

The organized retail crime phenomenon has become even more organized, and the thefts and frauds committed have become more complex and lucrative.

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Bezos admits stolen and counterfeit goods being sold on Amazon, unsure of the seller verification process

Bezos admits stolen and counterfeit goods being sold on Amazon, unsure of the seller verification process

Amazon CEO Bezos admits, that stolen and counterfeit products are being sold across Amazon’s marketplace.

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Baby formula theft ring busted after suspects hit stores from Portland to Salem, police say

Baby formula theft ring busted after suspects hit stores from Portland to Salem, police say

Pair stole about $11,537 worth of infant formula from Safeway stores in Oregon and in Washington state on nearly 100 occasions between last November and March, investigators allege.

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Police: 70-year-old woman ran million-dollar theft ring that paid heroin addicts to steal

Police: 70-year-old woman ran million-dollar theft ring that paid heroin addicts to steal

Investigators said heroin addicts were being paid to steal from places like Target, Home Depot, Kroger and Meijer, as part of a fencing operation with the stolen goods then being sold out of Cas Bar.

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At Home Depot and other retailers, a tug-of-war with shoplifters

At Home Depot and other retailers, a tug-of-war with shoplifters

Despite a decades-long downturn in U.S. crime rates, retailers say they're struggling to curb shoplifting even as they train more cameras on visitors.

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9 accused in organized $102K theft from Safeway

9 accused in organized $102K theft from Safeway

Recently, KOIN 6 News rode along with the Gresham Police Department and ORC investigators from Safeway as they took down a team of 9 people suspected of stealing more than $102,000 in product from Safeway.

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Impact of Counterfeit and Stolen Goods

Impact of Counterfeit and Stolen Goods

The ease of selling illicit goods to unsuspecting consumers has attracted organized criminal networks that are becoming more aggressive, manipulative and brazen as a growing number of Americans shop online amid the pandemic.

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The INFORM Consumers Act

The INFORM Consumers Act

The time is now for Congress to modernize consumer protection laws by requiring online marketplaces to collect and verify basic seller information, and for sellers to provide that information to consumers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes a counterfeit product? Why aren’t major online marketplaces doing more? Answers to common questions around the issue of organized retail crime.

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