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Two Arizona suspects held in $15K Organized retail crime case. 
Kevin Elliott and Kayla Vance are behind bars for stealing televisions from Sam’s Club, they are believed to be connected to thefts at multiple Sam’s Club stores. Surprise, Arizona Police served a search warrant at a home in Peoria and Green and Vance both were arrested. (Source

Marsh employee in Indianapolis accused of giving friends $6000 in Visa Gift cards.  A 20 year old Marsh Grocery store employee rang multiple transactions for two male customers who entered the store at 4:40am. The transactions were for 12 Visa Gift cards, total value of $5871.40, but no form of payment was ever received. By the time police were called, officers said several of the activated gift cards had already been spent or redeemed for cash. No charges were immediately filed, but officers were gathering the security camera video and other evidence so that criminal charges could be considered by prosecutors. (Source

Boston Retailers Push Bill to Crack Down on Organized Crime.
Retailers in Massachusetts have been trying to get a bill passed that would crack down on organized retail crime since 2007. Ryan Kearney, general counsel for the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, says the latest version of the bill has been slimmed down, including a proposed ban on the sale of certain items in flea markets and a proposed mandate for additional recordkeeping at the state Department of Revenue. The legislation, if signed into law, would strengthen the penalties for shoplifters if their actions are part of a broader, orchestrated effort. The bill would also turn several theft-related actions into crimes. It would impose criminal sanctions for people found guilty of using a device to block or deactivate theft-protection devices, shoplifters who use an emergency exit to avoid apprehension, and individuals who use counterfeit receipts or fake Universal Product Codes to cheat or defraud a merchant. (Source

Burglars steal $9,000 Worth of Jeans from a Corpus Christi store. Police are looking for two thieves that stole thousands of dollars worth of jeans from a local clothing store. The burglary happened last night at the Manhattan Plaza. Footage shows one guy break the glass door to get in. He then heads to the rack where the blue jeans are and begins handing them to another guy standing at the door. In all, 64 pairs of jeans, valued at over $9,000 were stolen. This was the third break-in to local retailers in the last two weeks. (Source

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