Two Arrested in Retail Theft Scheme


 The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Orlando Regional Operations Center announces the arrest yesterday of Jesus L. Gil, 45, and Vivian C. Galarraga, 37, both of Orlando, Fla. for their involvement in an organized retail theft scheme operating in the central Florida area.  Both were charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, a third degree felony.

 The investigation began in January when FDLE was contacted by loss prevention officials at Target.  Agents allege that Gil and Galarraga targeted Wal-Mart and Target stores in Orange County and placed altered Universal Product Code (UPC) price stickers over legitimate store price stickers on boxes of sports cards.  The two would then proceed through the store check out where the items would be scanned and the altered stickers triggered a lower price on the store register.  The subjects then paid for the cards, unlawfully obtaining them at a cheaper cost than the original price set by the retailer.  Investigators believe the two would then resell the cards on online auction sites. 


Both subjects were booked in the Brevard County Jail and are being held on $12,000 bond.


The investigation is continuing.


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