CRJ105 – Week 9 Scenario
Organized or Otherwise?
“This week is a
great week to
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Sergeant: I hope you had a restful weekend
because it looks like we're going to have a busy
week. We have the opportunity to add to your
growing foundation of knowledge on crime and
criminal behavior. Over the past several weeks,
you've seen a wide variety of crimes and criminals,
as well as some dealings with victims. This week is a
good week to discuss organized crime, as it affects
our district. We've been experiencing activity lately
that leads us to believe that at least one group, if not
more, is developing quite an enterprise and we want
to get a handle on this before it spirals out of control.
Sergeant: Let's begin by reviewing what the
textbook definition of Organized Crime is. It can be
defined as "any group having some manner of a
formalized structure and whose primary objective is
to obtain money through illegal activities."
This particular organized crime group has been
involved in a number of burglaries and stolen
property operations in the area. We believe that this
group may be tied to one of the local gangs;
however, we can't support that.
The group employs younger males and females to
break into homes and steal stuff. The group then
takes the merchandise to a contact in the area, who
pays the males and females a small fee for it.
Their contact person deals directly with people in the
area that are known to buy stolen merchandise-we
call them "fences." This contact person then sells the
merchandise to the fence, or fences depending on
how much they have on hand, and pockets the
profit. The fences are all independent to the best of
The fences then put the stolen merchandise back
into the community through legitimate businesses in
the area for their cut of the proceeds.
I know this might be a little confusing, but these
offenders have been operating in the same way for
quite a while. What are your thoughts?
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