Transcript for Busting an Organized Shoplifting Ring
It is 813 billion dollar -- -- -- publishers across America and cost includes. 35 million dollars a day to retailers. And the numbers keep growing as seen on these YouTube flash -- videos. -- brazen enough to steal anything and everything. But while shoplifting out in the open is one way to do it down in Polk County Florida there's a much more sophisticated and all right doctor -- story what you were watching investigators say he's an organized shoplifting ring in actually. This case the suspect. Moment to afford a cage policy is about in the dressing room -- department store Florida trio -- seniors. We've -- in the store last year we were given access to unfold this investigation. To a crime that starts. The slight of hand and ends up costing all of us and big money -- -- that policy is their prime suspect. -- -- -- The booster and they believe she could be the key to bringing down a multilayered Florida shoplifting ring. Red meat packing up another individual we have one art fans don't want suspect that's what Sargent Jim must -- from the boulder county sheriff's office. The space nearly a month -- changing -- pushed. From sports to store. All right toward accomplishing right now westbound -- for now numbers and playing -- west down on High Court. -- exactly sure where she's going to let. Following. Over the last three years shoplifting has become a growing national problem. Stewart talked up merchandise to offset the losses -- cost you your household roughly 400 dollars a year sounds like. It's you may know this woman driving poking around -- that yellow beetle right they're pulling in now. Big calls -- -- and we're Lauren her face because she's actually a police informant kiwis told cops that -- MO is to enter the -- -- with. Two of everything. And then once inside and conceal one of each item under her street clothes boys residents -- school. We watched as -- security monitored what they say it was one of those illegal returns going down. -- -- -- -- Police say suspected returners cash this stolen goods in for store credit in the form of gift cards. They believe those gift cards will later turn up -- popular online auction sites. Seems like the gift cards are pretty much money right -- -- It's cold. After weeks following. An out of -- -- and ninety mile stretch from Orlando. Way to Tel plus -- is finally written to a rest. Investigators say -- -- puffy betting they can round up -- -- -- answers to bring down the whole booster race. No security team is in place both of us were there inside distort monitoring coffee -- the police informant -- -- surveillance cameras. And radio make their -- its officers outside waiting in the parking lot. An unmarked police -- he's waiting. Something. Vehicles and as they exit the parking -- of police pull up right behind him Pee-Wee who's been wearing a wire for weeks now fakes being terrified. -- This particular bales is right across the street from their own sheriff's substation so. They -- over -- if you -- right into the station's parking lot. -- is escorted inside. Directly into an interrogation -- They need to turn -- because they believe as the head of the ring she's the only one who can lead them. Everyone involved. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Understand -- you cooperate risk. We're gonna help you that you got food rock cooperated if you want to let me -- Waste my time equals and police say the rest of the suspected accomplices likely don't even know who each other -- -- and looked every person you. You so that you also -- Today. After a few hours confronting her police say -- finally seems to crack. These guys' faces flipped -- and they've managed to get critical everybody her virtual Rolodex and she's gonna go to them one -- -- -- and try to sell something. Any discussion of -- all of them eventually. Over the next 24 hours -- works it works well for the police he is the only birth rate -- -- -- The thought -- helping and set up. Ended -- round up alleged accomplices. -- as she sits up to Boston. Seemed surprised at what she's been doing it's considered a serious crime I never thought -- What I'd -- -- this series. Is there -- scenes. Actually is organized crime. Buffy who later received a two year prison term plus ten years of probation. Stewart -- helping to roundup of suspected -- But for now. He's got a black -- on red pants. Our next hour hey these are the people puffy -- she needs to return. Still -- Police say they have -- that 33 year old Erica. He's also want to -- power opium. -- She would later plead guilty and was given 24 months of probation. I don't want him in my -- -- Police say -- only made about five or ten bucks for each return. Let's do it next to suspected Spencer they're the people who pumping Delta's buyout goes into parts from her for about fifty cents on the dollar. The uniform barrier around. Police say one of -- Spencer's also sells her boosted merchandise at a neighborhood store so they -- -- -- -- -- -- -- more. I miss it and -- the stuff. Police have -- -- to kill rape AKK -- and items -- stolen. Six. Yeah. It's Stalin and all -- funny. The next -- the police raided stores. -- County -- search warrant. It's designed to most of that merchandise up for sale I don't know what was told him that I want to remembers when it helps keep in mind that -- store. News video and audio yeah -- film world. Visit us. He was later convicted of dealing in stolen property and sentenced to 36 months in prison. Any time did you have any idea at all that was. The mirror and mean. In the three weeks we followed them the -- county sheriff's office arrested puffy in sixteen of her suspected associates. And were able to stop what they say it's one of the largest organized retail crime rings operating in Central Florida. For Nightline I'm Matt -- in Lakeland Florida.
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