$2M in Merchandise Recovered; 3 Arrested in ‘Sophisticated’ ORC Ring

Three Chicago-area men face multiple charges related to a “sophisticated” retail theft ring that was operating for at least 11 months, according to Wilmette police. The Wilmette Police Department, with help from Evanston police and the CVS Organized Retail Crime Team, recently concluded an 11-month undercover investigation into a fencing ring for stolen merchandise operating in Chicago.

The investigation began after retail thefts in Wilmette involving suspects taking in stolen retail products, including over-the-counter medications, which they would then sell via online stores.

On Monday, several Chicago-area police agencies, CVS Organized Retail Theft Crime Team and the Illinois Department of Revenue Criminal Investigations Division, executed 11 search warrants in Chicago and one in Oak Park, resulting in the recovery of an estimated $2 million worth of retail products and evidence of a sophisticated criminal enterprise, the release said. Retail thieves brought stolen merchandise from…  ABC7 News

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