Overland Park Police sponsor a monthly Organized Retail Crime (ORC) meeting. These meetings are attended by retail stores’ loss prevention officers, store managers, and law enforcement officers representing Overland Park Police, Kansas City Missouri Police, Olathe Police and agents from the US Secret Service and US Postal Inspectors.
At the July 15, 2010 meeting a slide program was presented that pictured suspects who are active in retail store thefts in the metropolitan area. Among the individuals highlighted was one man known to be a prolific thief.
Shortly after this meeting ended a loss prevention officer from Wal-Mart was driving on Kansas 7 Highway near Bonner Springs when the meeting’s featured “thief” pulled up next to him in traffic. The Wal-Mart employee immediately suspected the man was headed toward one of his stores and contacted fellow loss prevention officers at the Wal-Mart in Leavenworth to alert them. They in turn notified the Leavenworth Police. Sure enough the thief entered the store and Leavenworth Police attempted to arrest the suspect for a previous felony theft. The suspect fled and a police pursuit ensured. The man was eventually arrested and taken into custody.
This was an excellent example of how these Organized Retail Crime meetings assist retail stores, law enforcement and all of us who must pay for losses caused by career criminals who are stealing each day throughout are metropolitan area.