Multi-State Retail Theft Crime Ring Bust in Marion County
Published June 4th, 2014
Two men arrested for stealing a couple hundred dollars of toiletries from a CVS in Marion County opened up an investigation to a multi-state retail theft crime ring.
Willie Willis and Charlie Pitts are thought to be low level players involved in stealing thousands of dollars of household and personal hygiene items and then re-selling them for a lower price.
Both men told detectives they have traveled around Central and North Central Florida and parts of South Georgia committing this kind of retail theft.
The sheriff's office is currently working with area stores to prevent this crime ring from succeeding.
"It's about having one one-on-one relationships with businesses here in the community. I think here, that it's certainly going to help reduce crime and apprehend the ones that are out there creating such activity," said Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair.
"It's huge. It impacts the community, it impacts our crime rate, it impacts everything," said Lieutenant Brian Dotten with MCSO's Property Crimes division.
Detectives say this could possibly be a multi-million dollar crime ring.
Authorities say crimes of this nature drive up the prices of these products for the consumer.
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