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Guilty plea in cloned credit card fraud case as Coquitlam Mounties show off crook's tools  A Port Coquitlam credit card thief will spend the rest of the year in jail after pleading guilty. On Jan. 16 of this year local RCMP raided the suspects Port Coquitlam home where he lived with his mother and found what was described as a “credit card factory” in court by the Crown, investigators seized a number of items that included credit card printers, a laminator, gold foil and an embosser. Police also found forged postal keys, stolen computers and six stolen point-of-sale terminals, commonly known as Pinpads. (Source

Saskatoon Police investigate Jewelry store robbed by knife-wielding man 
Employees of a downtown jewelry store were threatened by a man with a knife during a robbery Tuesday afternoon. Saskatoon police say the man entered the store in the 100 block of Third Avenue South shortly before 4 p.m., grabbed several pieces of jewelry and fled the scene. The male suspect is described as being of First Nations descent, approximately 20 to 25 years old, 5-foot-7, with an average build and a ponytail. He was wearing a ball cap with white writing and carrying a blue and yellow backpack. (Source

Suspect uses stun gun on employee in Toronto cell-phone store robbery  Toronto Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a cell phone store in Toronto this past May.  Authorities allege the suspect entered The Mobile Store at St. Clair Avenue West and Runnymede Road on May 28 at 11:45 a.m. posing as a customer when he pulled out a stun gun and used it on an employee behind the counter. The man managed to flee the store with a bag of electronics and a large sum of money. (Source

Costa Rican cops arrest four Canadians linked to cloned card scams 
Suspects allegedly stole at least $48,000 from bank accounts in Canada. The suspects were caught with card-cloning devices and some 200 credit cards, all from Canadian citizens, police said. The OIJ report indicates that officials from a state-owned bank detected suspicious cash withdrawals at ATMs with cards issued abroad. Some of the ATMs retained cards, allowing bank security staff to alert OIJ's Fraud Section. Investigators began tracking the men last week. All of the apparent victims of the scam are Canadian citizens, and police believe the amount stolen is likely higher than the confiscated cash. The suspects were taken into custody, and police are reviewing their legal statuses in the country. (Source

Police dismantle fraud and identity-theft ring in Calgary
Two people are facing almost 100 charges in what police are calling a sophisticated fraud and identity theft ring. Police believe two people were involved in numerous fraud offences, including identity theft, identity fraud, and manufacturing counterfeit documents against at least 15 victims. A search warrant was executed on the evening of July 4, 2013 on a residence in Discovery Ridge where police seized manufacturing equipment used for the production of counterfeit items. Credit card point of sale pin pads were among the seized equipment. The Calgary Police Service Economic Crimes Unit laid 97 charges against two people. (Source

Smash and grab hits jewelry store in Calgary early Friday morning  Calgary Police are on the hunt for whoever’s responsible for an early morning smash and grab at a jewelry store. Duty Inspector Keith Cane said they received from a person who witnessed the robbery just before 5 a.m. Friday. “They observed a truck, possibly a Ford truck, being reversed into the front of the business, smashing the front of the store out, and then the passenger jumped out of the vehicle, entered the premises, and apparently grabbed some merchandise, jumped back into the vehicle, and the vehicle fled,” he says. No word yet on what was taken from the Gold Craft jewelry store in the 1800 block of Sirocco Drive S.W. Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a truck with some significant damage to the back of the vehicle. (Source

Retail Fast Facts: August 2013

• Total monthly retail sales changed by 0.5 per cent over the comparable month last year.
• Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by -0.5 per cent over the comparable month last year. (Source


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