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Broward Sheriff's ORC unit bust major identity theft ring operating in South Florida - took 2 yrs. to bust  This case began as a routine fraud case two years ago then spiraled into a lengthy investigation. Eight people have been indicted on federal charges and six are in custody, according to BSO Sergeant Rich Rossman, of the Organized Retail Crime Unit. This was their business,” Rossman told CBS 4′s Carey Codd. “I get up and go to work for the Sheriff’s Office they get up commit identity theft, credit card fraud, just fraud in general.” The group steals the identities of dozens of people and using credit cards in victim’s names. The federal indictment says the majority of the crimes took place at WalMart store. Rossman says Ware and his group had inside help. They had people on the inside obtaining pertinent information — Social Security numbers, dates of birth all of the various things that would be necessary to commit identity theft, credit card fraud,” Rossman said. They’re real bad guys that we’ve just taken off the streets,” Rossman said. (Source

D.C. police arrest members of rap group in retail store ORC thefts targeting cellphones  The brazen thefts over the past 16 months cost shops $77,000 and were carried out as customers browsed, authorities said Thursday, noting that some phones were taken by stealth — under the noses of distracted clerks — while others were forcefully ripped off shelves. Arrested were members and associates of a group called Jet Gang, including rappers known as G-Five Weezy and Astronaut Mac. Earlier this week, police raided an electronics store on H Street NW and arrested the owner on charges that he trafficked in stolen phones and computers. Police said they built their case after noticing a pattern targeting primarily T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T stores, reviewed video surveillance and recruited an informant who had participated in some of the thefts. (Source

Police trying to ID trio that stole 21 smartphones from Walmart in Gastonia, NC  Police say two men and a woman were caught on surveillance video when 21 smart phones, with a total retail value of $14,150, were stolen from the electronics department. The stolen phones included the Samsung Galaxy S4 & S3, the HTC One, and the iPhone 4S. The incident occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. on September 23 at the Walmart. (Source

Female ORC trio, one with 37 arrests, hit Wal-Mart in Fort Myers, FL
Three women are being sought in three separate thefts that occurred within an hour at the North Fort Myers Walmart. Two of the women are alleged to have loaded a grocery cart with a variety of housewares while the third suspect kept watch so they could leave the store without paying. The women entered the store twice more, repeating the thefts, which totaled 83 items worth nearly $2,000. One of the suspects was identified as Shanice Stewart, 25, who had been banned from that Walmart store and another on Colonial Boulevard due to past thefts. Crime Stoppers said Stewart has been arrested 37 times in Lee County, mostly for theft and dealing in stolen property. Deputies say she was previously arrested over the summer after she had one of her children steal a woman’s wallet at a Fort Myers store and then went on a shopping spree at Edison Mall. (Source

Visalia, California Police arrest suspect tied to Sally Beauty Supply theft
A man was arrested Thursday in connection with a burglary at Sally's Beauty Supply in Visalia. Visalia Police responded to a burglary at the store on Monday. Police were able to identify the 32-year-old suspect because a witness recorded the suspect's vehicle on his cellphone as it fled before officers arrived. The suspect is possibly tied to another burglary in Coalinga. (Source

Suspects arrested for COACH store robbery in Bakersfield
Police said two local women didn't let anything get in their way when it came to the latest in designer handbags. Two suspects entered the Coach store in the Valley Plaza mall at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday and began selecting purses. A clerk walked over to assist them. One of the women threatened her with pepper spray. The two continued selecting purses and ran from the store. Police later found the two in a stolen vehicle near California and Oleander avenues. Nineteen Coach purses were recovered. La Cora Johnson and Lakisha Toles were arrested on suspicion of crimes including robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle. (Source


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