ORC Ring Targeting Home Improvement Stores Busted; $65,000 Recovered, 4 Suspects Still Sought

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Greenville, South Carolina, police announced on Wednesday that six people had been arrested and officers were searching for four more after dismantling a shoplifting ring targeting Upstate home improvement stores. Police said they worked with Home Depot investigations and Lowe’s loss prevention to make the bust. Police said approximately $76,000 worth of merchandise was stolen between October 19, 2018 and January 1, 2019 from multiple stores across the Upstate. As of Wednesday, approximately $65,000 of the stolen merchandise has been recovered.

Police said the operation ringleader was Thomas Brenore Sullivan. Under Sullivan’s direction, police said the theft ring worked in groups to shoplift merchandise from the stores and take the stolen items to Sullivan’s house. Sullivan is accused of giving the other suspects money and/or drugs for the stolen merchandise. The items would then routinely be taken to local flea markets and sold to unsuspecting buyers. Click here to see mug shots of the six suspects who have already been arrested and the four police are still searching for. Police said the suspects were identified from video surveillance footage from the retail stores. Anyone with information regarding the four suspects still at-large are encouraged to contact Greenville County CrimeStoppers at 23-CRIME.    [Source: Fox Carolina]

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