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Five Arrested in Organized Retail Crime

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Items recovered from the shoplifting crime ring (Photo: Delaware State Police) Items recovered from the shoplifting crime ring (Photo: Delaware State Police)
Tiffany A. Barnes and Amber R. Smith (Photo: Delaware State Police) Tiffany A. Barnes and Amber R. Smith (Photo: Delaware State Police)
Tyler Floyd and David A. Floyd (Photo: Delaware State Police) Tyler Floyd and David A. Floyd (Photo: Delaware State Police)
Jorge Ruiz (Photo: Delaware State Police) Jorge Ruiz (Photo: Delaware State Police)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Five people are arrested and charged in connection with an organized shoplifting ring in Sussex County, according to Delaware State Police.

Troopers say around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, they received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of Seaside Outlets with people possibly shoplifting items from nearby stores. Upon the troopers' arrival to the area, authorities say a red Chevrolet car was found and matched the description give to the dispatcher. Police say they then contacted four people inside the vehicle and also found several bags of suspected merchandise in the back seat. 

Police searched the vehicle and confirmed the items were stolen merchandise from several retail stores in the Seaside and Bayside Outlets, including Express, Nike, J. Crew, Under Armor, Orvis, Sperry, American Eagle, Nautica, and Pacific Sunwear, according to police, totaling a value of more than $2,600. Police say they also found three metal wire cutters used to cut the anti-theft devices that are attached to the clothing. Police say they also found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Police say four people, all from Blades, Delaware were arrested. They were identified as Tiffany A. Barnes, 24, Amber R. Smith, 32, Tyler Floyd, 23, and David A. Floyd, 46. They were all charged with possession of shoplifter tools, theft and organized retail crime over $1500, which are felony charges, second-degree conspiracy, nine counts of shoplifting under $1500, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.  Authorities say all four were arraigned and remanded to the Delaware Department of Correction on $12,400 secured bond.
 
Police say further investigation revealed the four suspects would return to their home in Blades where Jorge Ruiz, 53, would buy the stolen merchandise in return for a deduction in their rent.  Police say he would then resell the items to other people who would frequent the residence.  A search warrant was conducted on the house, which is located in the 300 block of South Cannon Street, where Ruiz was taken into custody, police say.  Troopers say they found other items totaling more than $4,600 along with over $1,400 in suspected proceeds from the sales at that home.
 
Jorge Ruiz was charged with theft and organized retail crime over $1500, which is a felony, and second-degree conspiracy.  Police say he was was also arraigned and released after posting $5,000 secured bond.

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