West York Police Take Down Huge Retail Crime Ring

Police in West York have arrested 110 people in what is being called an organized retail crime ring, and say they have more arrests to make. The investigation began last October, when they were tipped that an inordinate number of specific items were being returned to stores without receipts on store gift cards. The items were being stolen by groups of 3 or 4 professional shoplifters, known as “boosters,” working in tandem.

The gift cards and items were taken to the operation’s organizer, James Giuffrida, who runs a graphics business in West York, Powerhouse Graphix. Giuffrida, 30, then sold the stolen gift cards and merchandise online. Police raided Giuffrida’s home in business in November, 2012, and siezed over 700 gift cards, hundreds of stolen items, hundreds of pieces of documentation of transactions involving the illegally obtained gift cards, over $12,000 cash, hundreds of counterfeit DVD’s and CD’s and over a dozen computers. Police have identified over 200 people involved in the ring, a list that continues to grow as retailers provide more information.

So far, police have determined the ring committed over 2,500retail thefts and/or fraudulent return incidents at 92 retailers at over 300 locations in York, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Lancaster Counties as well as northern Maryland. The estimated loss to retailers is approximately $750,000.

10 comments

  • Steve

    He would have been better off stealing a treadmill or whatever elephants use to excersise. Now tax payers will pay for his huge meals and water usage until he finally has a heart attack

  • tracey

    This has been going on in Florida for years since I have known the crime down there is so much more advanced and the police up here need to be trained on how crime really works. Certain parts of Pa is not up to date with the crime. I just have to laugh, and I watch the Orlando news all the time much more interesting and so much crime they do not repeat the same story over and over again you better catch it at that time.

  • Tarrah

    If you google the ring leaders name several things come up….the first article listed takes you to a York daily record story which has the names listed!

  • Chris

    I went to school with James. He was nothing but a punk then. I hope he stays in there for a nice long time. Serves him right. What a loser. Always was and always will be. HowIgnorantRU James is not that wise just was lucky. If he was wise he would have a good paying job that he would need to chance it all the time just to make a living. Oh well got to love Karma!

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