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Ohio police get briefing on organized retail crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police officers around Ohio are getting a briefing Friday on ways to fight organized retail crime such as large-scale shoplifting rings.

The Ohio Regional Organized Crime Coalition was formed last year to help police identify thieves who have organized themselves to steal from businesses in the state.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is among the speakers at the event at the Columbus Police Academy.

Investigators say organized retail crime is different than individual shoplifting because gangs team up to steal large amounts of merchandise, which is often resold.

The crimes can also include robberies, counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud, prescription fraud and identity theft.

The crime coalition includes police investigators and companies fighting retail crime.

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