States go to war on Cigarette Smuggling, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia have stepped up law enforcement efforts with the hope of recouping taxes lost to smugglers.It is believed that the states loose $5 billion dollars annually in tax revenue. It is beleived that those responsible for the smuggling are part of organized groups of international and local criminals.
West New York man pleade guilty in connection to a organized theft ring
West New York man pleade guilty in connection to a organized theft ring targeting Home Depot stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Julio Arriola Suarez admitted to thefts over $100,000.
I-75 arrests in Collier and Lee counties reveal subjects from Miami
I-75 arrests in Collier and Lee counties reveal subjects from Miami who were in possession of stolen credit cards. Large amounts of cigarettes were also discovered during these arrests.The cigarettes were purchased with debit cards that were purchased by using credit cards that were in victims names.
Northeast Ohio jewelry stores lose $74,000 in customer jewelry stolen during UPS deliveries
May 24, 2012, Northeast Ohio jewelry stores lose $74,000 in customer jewelry stolen during UPS deliveries, jewelry was being repaired and had repair slips in boxes, repairs were stolen suring shipping.
Police are looking for three men who robbed two jewelry couriers
March 16, 2012, Arcadia, CA., Police are looking for three men who robbed two jewelry couriers, suspects fled in a silver or white vehicle.
Hypnotized women in Boston,MA. hands over $160K in jewels and cash to thieves
May 14, 2012,Hypnotized women in Boston,MA. hands over $160K in jewels and cash to thieves, Asian females target elederly victims,similar cimes have occurred in New York City.
Police are searching for three subjects who stole $500,000
March 9, 2012, Eveshan, NJ, Police are searching for three subjects who stole $500,000 in watches in less than a minute in a smash and grab at Jay Roberts Jewelry store.Subjects are described as three black males with dark clothing and bandanas covering their faces.
Shoplifting gangs target Colorado stores, Half a billion dollars in Colorado alone
February 9, 2012, Shoplifting gangs target Colorado stores, Half a billion dollars in Colorado alone, 30-50 billion nationwide. Colorado lawmakers lay out plans to change the law and crack down on these organized shoplifting gangs.
Seven arrested in 4.6 million dollar jewelry theft
Seven arrested in 4.6 million dollar jewelry theft ring based in Richmond, Virginia, leader identified as Alexander Cuadros-Garcia, other group members are Leonardo Ortiz, Lucesita Argueta, (aka "Lucy") Francisco Javier Montesrein-Rodriguez, Raul Antonio Escobar-Martinez, Jose Alfredo Rivero-Garcia, and Juanita Diaz. Subjects are linked to the South American Theft Groups who target traveling jewelry salesmen.
Booster Bags growing in use among organized retail crime groups in South Florida
Booster Bags growing in use among organized retail crime groups in South Florida, Booster bags are made of aluminum foil and are covered on the inside with duck tape, new booster bag dection systems from Denamrk coming to the United States, these system are already being used in Europe with great success.
Blood and DNA evidence left behind in jewelry store "Smash and Grabs"
Blood and DNA evidence left behind in jewelry store "Smash and Grabs" in Hobart, Indiana and Houston, Texas. more than a half a dozen jewelry stores hit in the Houston area, in the Hobart hit it appears that the suspects may have escaped in a Maroon Dodge Caravan or an Olsmobile minivan.
Venezuela Passes Anti-Terrorism Law
Venezuela Passes Anti-Terrorism Law, Venezuela's congress has approved a law aimed at fighting Organized Crime and terrorism, this would include Organized Retail Crimes as well as money laundering.
Four suspects break into a jewelry store
Four suspects break into a jewelry store in Anoka, MN, merchandise left in showcases overnight is stolen, may be linked to other hits in Wayzata, MN.
Jewel thieves operate in South Florida's underworld
A quiet Saturday night. A dark sports utility vehicle eases into the parking lot of a Jupiter private school. The crew goes to work, unscrewing the bulbs of the motion-sensor floodlights and cutting a hole in the school's chain-link fence. They slice the phone and cable lines on a nearby pole.
The target is on the other side: Provident Jewelry store. Whether the crew knows it or not, they are about to pull off one of the largest jewel heists in South Florida history.
They pry open the rear door of an empty suite two doors down from the store. They bust through the drywall to get to the middle suite. Then they force their way into the attic, cutting alarm wires and breaking through the jewelry store's ceiling.
Awaiting them is a Class 2 vault, at least 10 inches of reinforced concrete that even under laboratory conditions takes at least an hour to bust through with high-tech tools and torches.
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The crew has time. When store employees come to work Monday, there's a hole in the vault. Roughly 1,600 pieces of jewelry and watches are missing. Retail value: $15 million.
In the concrete rubble, there's a nearly empty bottle of cheap wine.
The burglars may have been celebrating early.
Theft groups target jewelers
Jewel heists are a staple of cinema — intricately planned crimes performed with panache by debonair types like Cary Grant and George Clooney. That glamorized world of gentlemen thieves doesn't exist, but organized jewel-theft rings in South Florida are a reality.
State authorities believe that one group of Cuban immigrants pulled off more than 20 jewelry store and pawn shop burglaries in 18 months. They specialized in rooftop jobs, busting through the ceiling.
Then there are Colombian gangs that rob traveling jewelry salesmen, sometimes spending days shadowing their targets. Other brazen groups use distraction techniques, with up to 10 people at once going into the store during business hours.
When it comes to unloading stolen jewelry, Miami is one of the most popular cities in the country to fence the hot goods, according to the multi-agency South American Theft Group Task Force, based out of the FBI's South Florida office.
Within a matter of hours after jewels are stolen, the thieves often meet with fences, according to task force members. Diamonds can be untraceable once they are popped out of their settings. Gold can be melted.
The recovery of stolen jewelry is extremely unlikely. Steve Wexler, the president of Wexler Insurance Agency, one of the largest jewelers' insurance agencies in the country, said it has been his experience that the recovery rate is less than 1 percent.
Hot diamonds end up in the stream of commerce and can even find their way back to retail stores, Wexler said. It is estimated fences typically pay thieves about 25 percent of the wholesale price of the stolen jewelry, he said.
"Where the money is going depends on the individual involved," said Dave Carrazana, an Aventura police officer part of the task force. "Some look into the future and some live for today. A lot will spend their money foolishly. Others have sent money back to Colombia and established businesses in Colombia to realize legalized profits."
Carrazana said he believes there are more than 1,000 members of such organized theft groups operating in the United States. Members often learn the crime trade from their family members, starting off with shoplifting before graduating into stealing jewels, he said.
Tip leads to "El Loco"
The thieves who broke into Provident Jewelry on the weekend of Jan. 22, 2011, were pros. They used a combination of a jackhammer-style tool and a high-temperature cutting torch to penetrate the vault.
They disabled all 16 cameras as well as the surveillance system's digital video recorders. The two main circuit boards for the alarm system were found in a garbage bag.
Jupiter police got their first break in the case about three weeks later when one of the missing 100 loose stones ended up at the Gemological Institute of America in New York City to be examined. That led investigators to a Miami pawn shop where the loose diamonds were being sold.
Then came a tip from someone described in court records as simply "a confidential street source." The source said Pedro Luis Enriquez, aka "El Loco," played a role in the burglary. Enriquez, 40, had been languishing in theMiami-Dade CountyJail since Jan. 27, 2011, on outstanding warrants unrelated to the heist.
Jupiter police learned the Hialeah man had at least 25 prior arrests, including a handful for burglary and theft.
Investigators went to theMiami-Dade CountyJail to look at the property on Enriquez when he was arrested. They found a solid piece of evidence — a $8,000 bracelet from Provident, court records show.
A review of Enriquez's phone calls from the jail revealed that he had talked about winning the lottery and having people take care of watches and diamonds. Court records show his cellphone records also were pulled for the weekend of the heist.
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At 2:38 a.m. that Sunday, Enriquez sent a text message to a friend: BINGO.
A day later, he sent another text message: SUPER BINGOOOOO.
Jupiter police Detective Eric Frank believes at least three people participated in the heist, but only Enriquez has been charged in the case. Enriquez is now in the Palm Beach County Jail on $600,000 bond, awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to grand theft and smash-and-grab burglary charges.
"It's still very much an active investigation and we're still hunting for the other players," Frank said. Enriquez did not come up as a primary player in known theft groups, he said.
State authorities announced in June they had busted up a high-end burglary ring responsible for breaking into 20 jewelry stores and pawn shops, netting more than $6 million in merchandise. The group, composed of at least nine Cuban immigrants, lived in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, but would travel as far as Connecticut to pull off burglaries from December 2008 to July 2010, court records show.
The group operated in crews of four to seven people, typically entering through the roof, disabling security systems and burning holes through safes, according to investigators. While they took jewelry and watches, they would not steal guns.
While they were sophisticated enough to make off with about $1 million in merchandise from jewelry stores in Davie and Greensboro, N.C., there were miscues, according to court documents. In the Greensboro burglary, one of the crew members left his cellphone behind, leading authorities to track the phone's path as well as who he called.
Eight of the alleged ring members are in custody, awaiting trial in Clay County for the burglaries. A ninth is a fugitive.
Crews younger, more violent
Robert Taylor, founder of the nonprofit South American Theft Group Intelligence Network, said he firmly believes that theft crews are on the rise. Using multiple passports, group members can slide across the borders easily, said Taylor, whose groups acts as a clearinghouse for law enforcement.
Most of the crews are from Colombia with some from Peru or Ecuador, said Lou Mitchell, the FBI supervisory special agent overseeing the South American Theft Group Task Force formed nine years ago. Task force members talked to the Sun Sentinel in general about the groups, but declined to discuss specific cases.
"They commit crimes all over the country," Mitchell said. "When they first started in the United States, there was more of an art on how take property. A lot of times the victims wouldn't know [their jewels were missing] until they went back to their hotel room or left a restaurant. Crews now are younger, more impatient and willing to use violence."
The groups are sophisticated: they deploy lookouts, counter surveillance and multiple cars on a job. They will follow a traveling salesman across state lines on a stakeout, waiting for the moment to pounce.
"They are willing to surveil people for days and watch how police officers patrol a plaza and what kind of unmarked vehicles they may be driving," said Carrazana, the Aventura officer who is part of the task force.
In less than two months in the spring of 2008, there were three robberies targeting jewelry salesmen in Broward County. One thief chased a dealer with a knife at a Miramar gas station. In a Pembroke Pines parking lot, men with guns smashed out a New York diamond dealer's car windows and took $500,000 in jewels.
No fixed dollar amounts have been placed on how much in jewelry is stolen by such organized groups every year, but it is likely to be in the tens of millions, Taylor said.
Pursuit for stolen jewels continues
Rob Samuels, president of Provident Jewelry, said that one year later, the store at 828 W. Indiantown Road has recovered nicely. Gross sales in 2011 actually were up 20 percent despite the store being closed for six weeks, he said.
While insurance covered the losses, employees still monitor the Internet to see if stolen items crop up. Two watches being sold by a South Florida business were recovered and an employee recently found a third one being advertised.
"We're still looking and every time we find something we are hopeful that the trail goes backward and gets more perpetrators and leads to more recovery," he said.
Enriquez isn't talking. After his April arrest, investigators tried to question him about the burglary, according to court records.
He smiled slightly when he was told about the evidence against him. He then said he wanted to talk to his lawyer.
- More then 50 Organized Retail Theft Members were arrested on November 20, 2011 in Chicago Police sting operations.
- Fort Myers, Florida Hallmark store hit for $24,000 in Crystal and Jewelry, store does not have a surveillance system.
- Smash & Grab robbery at Macy's in Baldwin Hills Plaza, Los Angeles, Ca., Four men carrying baseball bats stormed the store on Monday, November 21, 2011, Jewelry cases were smashed, security guard catches one suspect, contact LAPD at 877 527-3247 if you have any information.
- 28 suspects linked to identity theft ring operating out of Smith & Wollensky's, Capital Grill and Wolfgang Steak in New York,also linked to operations at Morton's in Stamford, Conn. and the Bicycle Club in New Jersey. A number of the customers were using the American Express Black card, suspect Gregory Portacio is on the run, anyone with any information can contact the United States Secret Service.
- Jamaican lottery scam subject released on 15 million dollars bail, Sean Lawrence is accused of being the mastermind behind lotto scams in the United States and has earned over 1 billion dollars as a result of these scams.
- Jewelry store owner in Provo, Utah says he lost over $500,000 worth of diamonds in a hostage robbery, Suspects spoke a foreign language, suspects left in owners jeep, the stores surveillance video was taken.
- Boca Raton, Florida, Police have arrested the owner of Citi Pawn, for purchasing 3 Million Dollars in Dental hygiene products believed to have been stolen from Publix, CVS, and Walgreens pharmacies in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami stores.These products are stolen from the stores by organized booster gangs.
- Thieves steal 2.8 Million in jewelry from Milano's Fine Jewelry in Cummings, Ga., Suspects bypassed the security system at night and entered thru adjacent stores by cutting holes in the walls.
- Target Security Officer, and former FBI agent dies after confrontation with booster in Tampa, Florida.
- Knoxville, Tennessee police officers are forced to shoot and kill booster subject in the Wal-Mart loss prevention holding area. Police were called to the Wal-Mart when loss prevention notified them of two subjects in custody, police were in the process of arresting them when one of the subjects pulled a gun.
- El Paseo Jewelry store target of Brazen heist, second robbery at Leeds & Son in three months. Two masked men armed with long guns, wearing bullet-resistant vests stormed the store, employees and patrons were ordered to the floor while subjects stole merchandise, security guard fired one shot, vehicle used was a stolen white Honda found about a mile from the scene.Riverside County Sheriff's office is investigating.
- FBI and Philadelphia Police are searching for jewelry store bandits who pulled off an intricate overnight, rooftop heist that netted them over
$200,000 in jewelry. Subjects breached a metal hatch on the roof to gain entry. Subjects then went from adjacent stores into the jewelry store and then into the stores safe.
- Jewelry salesman stabbed at the Hilton Hotel in Newark, Ca., Suspects (3) are described as Hispanic males in their 20's, with short cropped hair and dark bandannas covering their faces, vehicle was a black Toyota Camry, subject fought with subjects and they fled without the jewelry
- Police in Jamaica arrest 14 subjects linked to the infamous lottery scam. This was a joint operation with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Postal Security and members of the Jamaica Customs Enforcement Team.
- Realtors and Homeowners beware of thieves when showing homes, when leaving your home so that a Realtor can show it to a prospective buyer, hide or remove valuables, as soon as you return home check to see if anything is missing. Incidents of missing jewelry have been reported thru out the United States on houses that are listed or have "For Sale"
signs in their yards.
- CVS Pharmacy robbed in Deltona, Florida on September 6, 2011, Suspect is a white male, wearing a long sleeved black t-shirt and dark jeans, white shoes with black on the sides, a white hat with black lettering on the left side and dark colored sunglasses.
- Sophisticated ORC ring nets 11 arrests in Phoenix, AZ, Investigation with the Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale Police departments has shut down an organized retail theft group, this group targeted the Paradise Valley Mall. Subjects conducted intelligence assessments of the target stores prior to the actual thefts, this method of operation is a trait of the South and North American ORC theft groups.
In Marbella,Spain a diamond thief is caught after stealing a purse containing a large diamond ring, suspect is caught and then swallows the ring. Subject was taken to a medical center where he was X-rayed and the diamond ring was located in his stomach.
Training & Events
Thursday, December 6, 2012
MECTF Quarterly Meeting, December 6, 2012 at Johnson and Wales University, 9:00am --12:00pm, 1701 NE 127th Street, Miami, Florida, reply o Investigative Support Assisitant Olga L. Vasco at her e-mail: email@example.com
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
NW3C & Phillip Morris are conducting a one day workshop on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in Boca Raton and Tampa, Florida. The event starts at 9:00 am until 4:30pm.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Boca Raton workshop will be on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Boca Raton Police Training Facility, 6500 North Congress Avenue,
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Polk County Sheriffs Operations Center
1891 Jim Keene Blvd,
Winter Haven, FL
Procap Room (1st Floor)
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department will be hosting the workshop in Tampa on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department,
Falkenburg Road Jail Assembly Room,
520 N. Falkenburg Road,
Tampa, Florida 33619.
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