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ORC 6-27-13



Two men charged in U.S. Federal court for $220,000 theft from Walgreen Distribution Center in Deforest, WI.  Two men were charged in federal court for the theft of a trailer of merchandise from the Walgreen Distribution Center last year. The indictment also charges the two with transporting more than $220,000 worth of merchandise stolen from the distribution center from Wisconsin to Illinois. If convicted the two could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each of the two charges. (Source

Two charged with Identity Theft at Nordstrom in Palo Alto. 
The female suspect first approached a cash register to return an unspecified item and received over $1,000 back, Nordstrom’s policy does not require a customer to have a receipt to make a return. Then the male suspect went to another register and attempted a return, but was flagged due to prior fraud in the store. Upon exiting the store the two were stopped by police, a search of their person and vehicle turned up a stolen credit card. Both were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose. The female was arrested on alleged attempted burglary, possession of stolen property, two counts of identity theft and one count of violating post release community supervision. (Source

Ohio man accused of stealing over $60,000 of merchandise from a CPS delivery terminal.  Stephen C. Bugg, 44, of Elyria, is facing a fourth-degree felony charge for the theft $61,000 worth of guitars, music equipment and clothing from a Liverpool Township warehouse. Bugg is accused of helping to steal at least 20 electric guitars — each valued at between $1,700 and $7,000 — and 25 pairs of shoes or boots, socks and dozens of sweatshirts and T-shirts from CPS Delivery Systems. Other suspects are being investigated in the CPS Delivery case, and dozens more e-readers appear to be missing from the warehouse. (Source

ORC couple hits Babies R Us and Toys R Us over 50 times in Broward and Miami-Dade counties A couple suspected in more than 50 elaborate thefts of children's products worth $36,000 was arrested Tuesday as they shopped with two children, Broward Sheriff's detectives said. Yanderi Soto, 30, and Edgar Portela, 30, are facing charges for an organized scheme to defraud and criminal conspiracy. Surveillance videos from several Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us stores in Broward and Miami-Dade showed Soto often pushing a baby stroller through the doors and around the stores. The couple would buy the big-ticket items and leave. They would return to the store at a later date, select the same items from the store shelves, and return those new items using the receipt from the previous purchase, detectives said. They also used old baby registries to return items they picked up off the store shelves. The pair would then list the stolen items for sale online, officials said. Both Portela and Soto have arrest records that include charges of grand theft, burglary and fraud, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. On Tuesday, security officers at Babies 'R' Us recognized the couple entering the store in Pembroke Pines and called sheriff's detectives who showed up to make the arrests. (Source

Three women arrested for theft of $1000 of merchandise from a Stuart, Florida Walmart; not their first time.  According to Stuart Police, one of the suspects claimed the trio has shoplifted in the same fashion before. The group placed the merchandise into the cart, then when they got to the exit of the store produced an old receipt from their purse and walk out like they paid for the merchandise. Along with the shopping cart full of merchandise they were apprehended with, a search of the vehicle’s car uncovered additional merchandise. (Source

West Virginia mother gets six months for felony theft with her 12 year old daughter.  Tabetha L. Jones was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of fifth-degree felony theft under the agreement that she would pay restitution for all of the thefts-$4,820.59. Jones had been charged with the theft of thousands of dollars of merchandise from Walmart on at least four separate occasions, using her daughter and another young girl who was 13 years old as look outs. (Source

Flea Market busts 9 people for selling counterfeit merchandise in Tulare County, Calif.  Investigators seized more than $154,000 in pirated movies and music in Tulare County. Investigators say seven vendors were selling the goods. (Source


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