When West York Police announced the arrests of James Lee Giuffrida and his co-defendants in January 2013, they laid out how the alleged highly organized theft network operated since 2009.
Police allege ring members, who worked in crews, stole merchandise from 92 businesses at more than 300 locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The items were then sold to Giuffrida, who in turn sold them, mainly on the Internet, police said.
Crews also exchanged the items for store gift cards, which Giuffrida also bought and then sold at a profit, police said.
Each member of the crew had a particular role and targeted several stores in a week, according to Giuffrida's charging documents.
One crew member would drive the rest of the crew to a store where another member, dubbed a "booster," would steal an item. Another person, called a "refunder," would either return the item to that store or go to another store where it was returned in exchange for gift cards, police have said.
Detective Dave Kahley, who headed the investigation, had said police knew of an estimated $750,000 in thefts and fraudulent merchandise exchanges.
When police served a search warrant at Giuffrida's business, the defunct Powerhouse Graphix, at a rented storefront at 1415 W. Market St., they found more than 140 packs of batteries, more than 70 packs of printer ink cartridges and more than 50 pairs of designer glasses and sunglasses, according to Giuffrida's charging documents.
Police said they found 257 gift cards with a combined value of $72,370 and another 456 gift cards with no value indicated on them. They also recovered $12,000 cash.
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