York County man headed to prison for role in massive theft ring

The alleged mastermind of a large West York theft ring is headed to prison.  James Lee Giuffrida, 31, was handed a six and a half to 13 and a half year prison sentence in York County Court today. He was also given five years probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $55,000.  He plead guilty last May.

Giuffrida was arrested on November 2012 and charged with two counts of Organized Retail Theft, Retail Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Corrupt Organizations and Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities.

He was one of 133 co-defendants allegedly involved in the retail theft ring. Most have already plead guilty.

Investigators say the theft ring committed over 2,500 retail 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.