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ORC 7-2-2013



Gift cards for store merchandise: Stafford pair organized shoplifting scheme hitting TJ Maxx, Kmart and Target in Ocean County, Calif.  Police began the investigation May 18 when officers responded to a call at the TJ Maxx store on Washington Avenue. A store customer reported she was dragged across the parking lot when her purse was stolen, Fritz said. Fritz said police arrested Latronico and Quinones — then discovered the two may have been operating a shoplifting ring. "After selecting what they considered items of easy opportunity that were displayed in the store, they would conceal the items and bring them to the return counter for full retail credit on a store credit card,” Fritz said. They would then exchange the store credit cards at pawn shops the make the exchange. "They would pick random stores based on where high dollar items were located in easy places to select and conceal,” he said. (Source

Trio accused of Lexington County, S.C., ORC ring and they're looking for more suspects  Three people from Columbia have been arrested in connection with a shoplifting ring at the Sportsman’s Warehouse near Irmo, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Thomas Ryan Melton, 28, Edwina Marie Evans, 54, and Kim Ineze Evans, 51, were all arrested on shoplifting and criminal conspiracy charges. Police started investigating the ring Saturday when an employee at the sporting goods store told officers he suspected Edwina Evans stole fly fishing line and hooks that day. The suspect’s sister, Kim Evans was accused of later returning the items for a store gift card and also of stealing turkey calls from the store. Melton was thought to have been the getaway driver in Saturday’s shoplifting. Deputies are investigating whether anyone else might have been involved in the ring and are asking anyone who knows about shoplifting at the store to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (Source

4 member check fraud gang busted in Putnam County, Fla., hitting Publix and Hitchock's supermarkets  Four people have been arrested and charges are pending against a fifth in connection with a check fraud case, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.  Deputies said they've been investigating this case for the last two weeks, according to reports, Lindsay Smith, 28, Robert Ostrender, 24, Edward Zaccheo, 23, and Bobbie Martin, 44, have cashed fraudulent checks at Publix and Hitchock's supermarkets. Investigators said Smith obtained several checks from a friend's home without that person's knowledge, then shared the checks with Ostrender. Deputies said the two visited several unsuspecting merchants until they were able to cash the checks. (Source

Warren County indicts four Stealing Flat Screen TVs from Target store in Detroit  All four were each indicted on charges of fifth-degree felony theft. The two males entered the store and each grabbed two 42-inch LED TVs valued at $1,800 and ran out a fire exit door, where the two females waited in a truck. (Source

Four females steal $1500 worth of hair weaves from North Charleston, SC Beauty store.  Tuesday afternoon four women entered the Star Beauty Plus, two women kept the owner’s husband busy; one served as a look-out, while the fourth suspect went behind the register and grabbed 12 to 14 packages of hair extensions from a display. The store is equipped with 16 cameras. (Source

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