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Trio Nabbed in ORC Bust

Three Stockton, California, residents were apprehended Wednesday by Manteca police on suspicion of conspiracy and grand theft against Kohl’s after security staff recognized an organized retail crime (ORC) about to take place, police reported.

In recent weeks, officers have started directed patrols where they coordinate theft operations with retailers’ loss prevention staff members. This has resulted in numerous arrests on charges of theft, burglary, identity theft and credit card fraud.

In Wednesday’s operation, the three suspects were allegedly caught with about $1,000 worth of merchandise. Officers arrested Joseph Atalig, 25; Victoria Pichardo, 27; and Guy Franco, 57, all reportedly from Stockton, who were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of conspiracy and grand theft and are being held in lieu of $150,000 bail each, according to police…

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