IN YORK COUNTY, THE ALLEGED RING LEADER OF A MAJOR RETAIL THEFT OPERATION WAS TO STAND TRIAL TODAY… BUT IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. NEWS 8’S YORK COUNTY REPORTER ED WEINSTOCK IS OUTSIDE THE JUDICIAL CENTER WITH THE STORY. ED.JAMES GIUFFRIDA PLEADED NO CONTEST TO ALL THE CHARGES .PROSECUTOR SAY HE HAD NO COMMENT DURING HIS APPEARANCE BUT HE MAY BE FACING A LONG PRISON SENTENCE. POLICE SAY THE SCAM COST SUSQUEHANNA 3 3 5:41:02 JONATHAN BLAKE/PROSECUTORéPROSECTORS SAY JAMES GIUFFRIDA WAS THE RING LEADER OF AN ELABORATE THEFT SCAM THAT USED MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE TO STEAL FOR HIM3:49:21. AUTHORITIES SAY THE GANG STOLE MERCHANDIZE FROM BIG BOX STORES LIKE TARGET. KOHL’S HOME DEPOT, WALMART AND LOWES.. BUT THEY DIDN’T KEEP IT. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY BROUGHT IT RIGHT BACK TO THE STORE.WITHOUT A RECEIPT THE THEIVES WERE ISSUED A STORE CREDIT IN THE FORM OF GIFT CARDS. THE GIFT CARDS WERE THEN TURNED OVER TO GIUFRIDA. WHO BOUGHT THEM FROM THE THEIVES AT A BIG DISCOUNT,,THEN PROSECUTORS SAY GIUFFRIDA RESOLD THE GIFT CARDS ON THE INTERNET FOR A MUCH BIGGER PROFIT PROSECTORS SAY SOME 250 STORES ACROSS THE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY AND MARYLAND WERE TARGETTED OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR IN 20128:50:49:27