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Internal Theft: Report of Ongoing Suspect Investigation / Interviews

Internal Theft: Report of Ongoing Suspect Investigation / Interviews, Case Studies, Summit Loss Prevention Consulting, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana (IN)

As discussed in the case study "The Disappearing Discs," one of the primary suspects in the theft of DVDs, video games and gaming systems was employee G.D. After initially appearing cooperative, he became increasingly more hostile to the proceedings. This report describes the step taken by investigators to secure an interview with G.D. and develop evidence for prosecution.

(Note: All names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.)

Summary of Events - June 26th – July 25th

On several occasions during the months of June and July 2002, our investigators have traveled to Burnside, IN to interview G.D. in an effort to obtain an admission statement concerning losses that he caused his employer, during the time frame when he was employed by compact disc manufacturer, and after he was terminated. 

Also, the investigators were attempting to obtain information from G.D. concerning the role other former employees played in theft from the company, and finally to recover restitution from him for his admitted losses. G.D. has been interviewed several times, and the results of those discussions are detailed below.

In addition, investigators have continued to pursue leads concerning possible theft and resale of Company product on, or near, the Indiana State campus, and at a variety neighborhood store.  This store is believed to be owned and operated by members of the Holmes family, who have a reputation for dealing in stolen merchandise in the area.

Prior Discussion with G.D.

G.D. was interviewed by investigators in late June, and at that time, he acknowledged his interest in cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation into loss issues related to the CD manufacturer. He verbally agreed to provide an admission statement for his own activities, make some significant restitution payment, and provide information concerning other individuals involved in causing losses to the company. G.D. stated he was willing to provide those items in exchange for a ‘Release from Prosecution’ agreement with company.  However, over the course of the next two weeks, investigators made numerous attempts at contacting G.D. with no success.  At least six messages were left on his answering machine with no return phone calls.  It was decided that another visit to his home was required.

Interview of 7/17/02 

Investigators traveled to Burnside, IN on 7/17/02.  G.D. was not at home upon their arrival, so surveillance was established. Photographs of the residence were taken and are included with this report.  At approximately 5:45 P.M., G.D. arrived home and was approached by investigators.  Initially, he was reluctant to discuss the issues at hand, but within 10 minutes he began to discuss his position.

G.D. was asked why he hadn’t returned any calls, but declined to offer any meaningful response. He was reminded of his earlier indication of willingness to cooperate, and asked if that position had changed. He replied that he wanted to review the offer for the Release with his attorney prior to signing it. G.D. was provided a copy of the Release for that purpose.

A one-week timeline was agreed to by G.D. as it relates to the attorney review process. He indicated he would contact the investigators, or have his attorney contact them, with any questions or clarification required. G.D. was informed that this offer was not open-ended, and that he needed to respect the time frame agreed to, or communicate why it couldn’t happen that quickly in a timely manner.

Response Message from G.D. 

G.D. failed to contact the investigators within the time frame established on 7/17/02. Numerous calls were made to his residence, in an effort to determine what his final position would be. Eventually, on 7/25/02, G.D. left a message on the investigator’s cell phone stating that he had decided not to cooperate as he stated he would. He offered no explanation for his change of position, and stated that he understood his decision could lead to possible criminal charges being brought against him in the future.

Surveillance of Variety Neighborhood Store 

This investigator traveled to the local variety store linked to the case on 6/26/02 to observe the activity in and around the location, as well as attempt to purchase any DVD’s or video games that might be available.

During the surveillance that was conducted, several license plates from vehicles parked in front of the store were run to determine ownership.  One plate, from a Ford Explorer, came back to a Sarah Holmes, and another plate, from a 2002 silver Dakota, came back from Federation Leasing in Indianapolis.  It has long been suspected that Larry Holmes has some connection with a Federation Leasing outlet because there have been numerous Federation vehicles in Holmes’ possession over the course of this entire investigation.  We will attempt to contact Federation Leasing’s Loss Prevention Department to further pursue this lead.

The investigator eventually entered the store and interacted with the salesperson for several minutes while looking at various merchandise. At one point, the salesperson was asked if there were any DVD’s or games for sale. The investigator stated that he had heard the store had some of those items for sale, but that he couldn’t locate any in the store. 

The salesperson replied that there were no games for sale, and that the only DVD's in the store were for employees to watch throughout the day. In fact, during the time the investigator was in the store, a DVD movie was being shown on a small TV in the corner. The investigator continued shopping for several more minutes and eventually asked about some shoes that were for sale.  The investigator then followed the salesperson into the back room when he went to look for additional shoes in stock, and noticed a stack of approximately 40 DVD’s, out of their cases, placed on a counter top. It was not possible to determine the titles of these due to where they were situated. The investigator asked who owned all the DVD’s and the salesperson responded that they were ‘just here for us to watch when its slow’. The salesperson did not seem phased at all by the inquiry, and the investigator eventually thanked him for his help and departed.

222 Pine Street – Holmes Residence 

This investigator next traveled to 222 Pine Street, which is a double dwelling. After only a few minutes of surveillance, a young black male and a young white male exited the house and got into a blue Mercury station wagon and departed. Photographs were taken of the vehicle and two men, and are included with this report. The plate number on the car came back to Sarah Holmes at that same address. The investigator followed at a distance and the car drove into the ISU campus.

As the vehicle was followed, it appeared the driver became suspicious, as he was observed to make two identical loops around the campus. After he drove by a main entrance the first time, the white passenger got out of the vehicle and began looking over his shoulder. The second time around, the driver parked and ran from the vehicle across the street. When the driver crossed the street, he stopped and stared back in the direction of the investigator  After a few moments, the black male made a gesture and walked away.

The investigator waited several minutes and then parked near the vehicle and looked inside it through the window. The investigator noticed an Indiana Driver’s License with the name Mark Holmes on it. The photo on the license matched the description of the black male driver. The investigator did not see any items in the vehicle that looked to be company property. It was obvious that the men were concerned about who was following them due to their erratic behavior. 

Follow-up – Conclusion 

Our investigators will pursue the Federation Leasing information and report on that as it develops.  Additional investigation work will focus on the Holmes family, L.D., and G.D., in a continued effort to make them aware that their activities are being monitored.  Any information of consequence will be forwarded to the client immediately.

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