77-year-old Waukesha man accused of leading large retail theft ring

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by Chris Patterson

WAUKESHA -- 77-year-old Raymond Hatch is accused of organizing a large retail theft ring in Southeast Wisconsin. Hatch allegedly sold items stolen from large retailers on websites like eBay and Amazon.

According to the criminal complaint Hatch would give people a list of items he needed, and they would steal them for him from stores like Walmart and Target. Informants told police that would repeatedly tell them to "just be careful".

Hatch admitted to police he saw 50-100 people a week in Milwaukee, but tells police he thought a majority of the items given to him to resell were stolen. The complaint says police have audio of Hatch telling one person to "Take as many of those as you can get". The complaint says he was referring to Mucinex, Rogaine and Abreva.

Hatch's wife tells police her husband never told her the items he obtained were stolen. She did say she had suspicions, but her husband never admitted anything to her.

The criminal complaint says Hatch admitted to doing $100,000 in sales, making $15,000-$30,000 in profits.

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