FDLE Says Central Florida Suspects in Retail Theft Ring Stole More than $150,000 from Home Depot and Target Stores
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrest of three Central Florida suspects in an organized retail theft ring today.
They stole more than $150,000 dollars worth of goods from Home Depot and Target stores across the state.
The FDLE says the three suspects conducted more than 100 thefts in 23 Florida counties including Orange County using a barcode switch scam.
Special Agent in Charge of FDLE Orlando Lee Massie says the suspects would print out fake barcode stickers for the items and buy them at a reduced price only to resell them later online for the full retail price.
“It’s fitting that we make these arrests just before Black Friday because there’s no question that the magnitude of these thefts and thefts like these cost not only the retailers but also shoppers in increased prices.”
FDLE Special Agent Supervisor Daniel Warren says the suspects stole items like wireless smart dimmer switches, home wi-fi systems, and even breast pumps from Home Depot and Target stores in Orlando.
Nice Work FDLE Orlando!
FDLE arrests three for multi-state crime spree
2 additional suspects remain at large
These criminals are suspected of stealing thousands from retailers throughout the Southeast U.S.https://t.co/ao9HmQGDKL pic.twitter.com/SFZitHl27I
— FDLE (@fdlepio) November 25, 2019
“To make up for that loss there may be some level of a price increase that has to go in for all that loss. So you, me included in this, we all pay a couple extra dollars in there because of the volume of loss that’s gone along with it.”
Warren says the alleged ringleader Usman Ali of Pembroke Pines has been charged with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and grand theft.
Suspects Rand Clark and Gwendolyn Walker of Orlando face charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering.
FDLE is still searching for suspects Harold Wilson and Keith Conyers.
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