The Hurricane Police Department arrested two immigrants
and seized more than $25,000 in cigarettes, electronics
and gift cards, all of which investigators believe were
obtained as part of an international conspiracy fueled
by identity theft Those arrested were Diallo
Lamine, 31, and Barrie Samson Mohamed, 29. Both were
charged with felony conspiracy and detained at the
Western Regional Jail. Video surveillance identified two
assailants enter Walmart and purchase gift cards.
Investigators then became aware of similar activity at
the nearby Go-Mart and Rite-Aid. Criminal complaints
charge Lamine presented a fictitious, Pennsylvania
driver’s license in his attempt to make a debit-card
purchase at Rite-Aid. Hurricane Police Capt. S.J. Sisk
said investigators located Lamine and Mohamed at the
nearby Walmart. It was there he estimates they
confiscated 200 cartons of cigarettes, video games and
electronics, along with 75 gift cards. The Hurricane
Police Department is receiving assistance from the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office also has been contacted in
what Sisk anticipates will become a federal prosecution.
In addition to the conspiracy charges, Lamine faces an
additional count of felony identity theft and Mohamed
was charged with misdemeanor obstruction.
New England Organized Crime Alliance launches with
strong support from Law Enforcement
Jason Adams, national manager for ORC for Gap, announced
the formation of the public-private partnership Sept. 19
at the New England Organized Retail Crime Symposium
here. Adams is co-chair of the group, along with Carol
Fitzgerald, a crime analyst with the Leominster, Mass.,
Police Department. Retailers and law enforcement from
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts,
Connecticut and Rhode Island have joined together to
share intelligence and combine efforts to fight ORC.
Take a few minute and view the new NEORCA web site at
Three additional athletes at Vermont’s Castleton College
arrested in Dick’s Sporting Good theft
Police have charged three more Castleton College sports
players in connection with an alleged retail theft
scheme. Investigators say two soccer players and a
football player now join three other football players in
a criminal investigation involving stolen merchandise
from Dick's Sporting Goods in Rutland. Tuesday police
charged 19-year-old Eric Cross, 21--year-old Dominic
Heller and 28-year-old Zachary Howe with retail theft.
They're due in court in November.
Arlington Heights man arrested in bar code switching
case at The Home Depot
Waldemar Bajorski, 57, of Arlington Heights, was charged
with retail theft on Sept. 13. Police said Bajorski
created barcodes at his home and placed them on
merchandise inside The Home Depot store on Civic Center
Drive. He allegedly paid just $11.10 for three items
that police said were worth $138.94. According to
police, Bajorski was in possession of 19 additional
barcodes similar to the ones used in the alleged theft.
He has an Oct. 9 court date. (Source
Boca Raton Mall shoplifters caught with shoplifting
Two women armed with foil and tin snips were arrested
leaving the Town Center at Boca Raton, the excuse given
for a loot of stolen goods..the merchandise was in the
rental car when they picked it up. Kensherri E. Ferguson
and Krystal Denise Copeland were both arrested by Boca
Raton Police following a traffic stop. Copeland is
charged with possessing a shoplifting device, while
Ferguson is charged with using a shoplifting device.
Video surveillance from Victoria's Secret showed
Ferguson and Copeland entering separately and making
returns individually. Ferguson has been nabbed 10 times
since 2005, the majority of her arrests being
theft-related, according to records.
Police arrest Cadott women in Walmart theft
Two Cadott women were arrested last week on charges of
felony theft from the Walmart in Lake Hallie. Lori A.
Thiede, 50, and Clarinda J. Warner, 33, were taken to
Chippewa County jail following their Sept.17 arrest.
According to the Lake Hallie Police, Thiede and Warner
were arrested after Walmart employee’s contacted police
about a theft in progress. Thiede and Warner allegedly
tried to take a cart full of unpaid merchandise valued
at $543.57. Thiede was arrested when she was attempting
to leave in a vehicle and Warner was arrested after she
tried to flee on foot. On July 17, the women were
arrested for attempting to steal two Samsung 60-inch LED
televisions with a combined value of $2,296. Both TVs
were recovered. (Source
Suspect leaves ID after fleeing from attempted theft at
Two females and a male got away after an attempted theft
Monday at Walmart, but one of the females left her purse
with identifying information behind, along with the
merchandise the three were trying to take. Officer Steve
Woodard was dispatched to the store and learned the
three had been working together to conceal merchandise.
Employees tried to stop one of the females, who
abandoned her shopping cart before fleeing.
Washington Township man charged in scam to return stolen
bras to Kohl's
A Washington Township man was arrested for returning
stolen bras to a Kohl’s store in exchange for store
credit. Michael Pederson, 24, is accused of sending an
unidentified female into the Kohl's on Aug. 3 and Sept.
4 with stolen bras with no receipt to get $182 in store
credit. Pederson attempted to return more stolen items
with no receipt on Sept. 6, but store employees were
suspicious and refused the return, authorities added.
The employees then contacted the store’s loss prevention
officer, who investigated and eventually contacted
police. Pederson was issued a summons, and is awaiting a
court appearance. (Source
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