more people arrested in organized retail crime ring in West
York Borough, PA., now totaling 133 arrests
The West York Borough Police have charged twenty-two more
people for their involvement in a major organized retail crime ring.
The crimes were committed throughout York, Lancaster, Adams
and Perry counties. James Giuffrida of West York was the ring-leader and was previously
arrested. Officials say the number of arrests is now 133. On
November 12, the West York Borough Police shut down James Giuffrida
and the retail crime ring, which he operated out of his 'Power House
Graphix' storefront at 1415 West Market Street. Here thieves
could trade stolen merchandise in for gift cards.
ORC female suspect arrested in Colorado Springs after asking
for public's help last week & posted on the Daily April 26. The
woman accused of selling fraudulent gift cards to a quadriplegic
victim has been arrested, according to Colorado Springs police.
Amber Smidt was wanted on charges in connection with the $1.3
million stolen merchandise investigation from earlier this year.
Police said she arrived on the scene of the initial search warrant
of the investigation wanting to sell gift cards to the store. Police
said the gift cards were acquired through stolen merchandise at J.C.
Penney's. According to police, Schaner conducted more than $1.3
million in Ebay sales in a four-year period. Schaner, police said,
was the primary conduit for the stolen property. Other suspects were
traveling from Castle Rock, Denver and Pueblo to conduct the sales,
police said. From where was the merchandise coming? Police said it
was being stolen from retail outlets by crews of shoplifters.
Specifics of the shoplifting are still under investigation. Police
said Schaner was working in conjunction with at least three others,
including his son, Clinton. Police said tens of thousands of dollars
in stolen property was recovered on Friday. Police are now working
to return the property. According to police, an audit revealed
nearly $120,000 in stolen property during the search warrant. More
arrests are expected as the investigation continues, police said.
duo busted hitting Wal-Mart stores in Alabama
Traffic stop leads to arrest of two suspects with stolen
merchandise from three Wal-Mart stores in Ocean Springs,
Ala., Daphne, Ala., and Foley, Ala. Investigators also
learned Lloyd has outstanding warrants out of Pensacola,
Fla., and the Lamar County Sheriff's Department for other
felony offenses. The two were charged with felony
shoplifting for the thefts in Ocean Springs.
formula theft rings increasing in Milwaukee and across the country
A rash of recent thefts in the Milwaukee area and even across the
country, appear to have escalated in terms of the boldness and
brazenness — or maybe desperation — of the offenders. The most
recent large-scale bust happened in April when police say Ebony
Sims, 26, and Johnetta Webb, 23, both from Milwaukee, loaded 69 cans
of formula into plastic totes they had grabbed off the shelves at
Walmart in Greenfield and waltzed out of the store. Two days later,
the same couple tried again, this time planning a “push out” of
about 60 cans before ditching the cans when alerted by an accomplice
that police were outside waiting for them. In Greenfield alone,
police investigated 11 baby formula thefts totaling nearly 250
canisters worth more than $4,500 in the first four months of 2013.
Over the last several months. Wauwatosa and Brookfield, two of
Milwaukee's largest suburbs, also have been hit particularly hard.
In November, two Milwaukee sisters, 12 and 14 years old, pushed out
a cart with $500 in formula and diapers out Pick ‘n Save’s door.
Just this week, authorities near Portland shut down a baby formula
theft ring that had resulted in the theft of nearly $12,000 in
formula. That pales in comparison to a theft ring that reportedly
stole $2.5 million in baby formula from stores in California and
Oregon until getting busted by police in December 2010.
Organized retail theft on the rise in Durham
Organized retail theft is on the rise in Durham, N.C. Speaking at
Northgate Mall to members of Durham Businesses Against Crime,
Investigator Mark Feskanich of the Durham Police Department said he
recently talked to a shoplifter who generated $91,000 in a
seven-year period in Durham and surrounding counties. Police
investigators have been stepping up efforts to put a dent in
organized retail theft, and it’s paying off. People have been
breaking into places like Kroger and Food Lion and stealing as many
cartons of cigarettes as they can,” Feskanich said. Police recently
arrested people suspected of fencing stolen goods, including owners
of mini-marts, a towing business, tobacco store, tire store and
apartment complex. Sgt. Rodney Hunter, an investigations supervisor,
said the retail theft crackdown has been aided by citizen tips and
cooperation from business owners. (Source
Coral woman arrested in a major baby formula theft operation:
stealing up to $1800 per day. Cape Coral Police have
arrested a woman in connection with theft of baby formula from
several stores in Lee and Charlotte counties over the last two
months.Jenny Fasching, 31, is charged with several counts of Grand
Theft for allegedly stealing $13,000 worth of infant formula from
area Publix and Walmart stores. From mid-March thru late April,
Fasching would steal the infant formula, sometimes as much as $1,800
worth at a time, and sell it on internet sites such as Craigslist.
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