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California Trio busted near Washington Square Mall in Beaverton, Ore. with 100 counterfeit credit cards, $20,000 in merchandise, $10k in gift cards  Beaverton police arrested three people who they said used counterfeit credit cards to steal thousands of dollars in clothes and electronics from stores along the Interstate 5 corridor on Sunday. Montral Matthews, 27, Melissa Vongphakdy, 22, and Linda Vongphakdy, 24, were arrested on Monday near the Washington Square mall. Police said the three are from California. According to police spokesman Mike Rowe, investigators recovered an estimated $20,000 in property from a hotel room where the three were staying. The property included high-end clothes, iPads, iPhones and iPad minis. Police also recovered between $5,000 and $10,000 in gift cards. The suspects had more than 100 counterfeit credit cards on them, Rowe said. Investigators learned the suspects hit stores in Springfield, Salem, Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton earlier Sunday before they were arrested. Nordstrom notified police about a theft on Sunday and gave them a description of the suspects' vehicle. (Source

Louisville Woman & 4 others busted for ORC - stealing merchandise - returning for gift cards - selling for cash - hitting Home Depot & Staples  According to an arrest report, Danielle Mauk was stopped by Home Depot loss prevention Thursday. When they searched her purse they found $265.65 of merchandise. Louisville Metro police said Mauk and four other people were involved in a scheme where they would steal merchandise, return the items to the store in exchange for gift cards, and then sell the cards for cash. The five individuals have apparently sold over 100 cards and the value of those cards far exceeds $15,000. Mauk admitted to using two other identities to make the fraudulent returns as well as to sell the gift cards. Mauk also had a Staples gift card with her which she admitted to getting earlier that day. (Source

Ireland: ‘Sophisticated’ shoplifting gang only in county due to getting lost 
A “sophisticated” gang of Romanian shoplifters has been jailed after being caught with almost 3,000 pounds ($4950 USD) worth of stolen cosmetics, jewelry and fragrances. Defense solicitor Emer Cox told Fermanagh Court the four men and a woman had never intended to come to Northern Ireland but got lost and ended up on the Fermanagh side of the Border. (Source

Police in Frackville, PA seek a Levi thief from Sears in the Schuylkill Mall
Police are looking for a Hazleton man, most recently wanted in connection with a theft of clothing at the Schuylkill Mall near Frackville, who also has warrants out of Luzerne County and New Jersey. State police at Frackville said James E. Davis Jr., 21, is accused of stealing eight pairs of Levis 569 blue jeans from a clothes rack at Sears in the mall at about 3 p.m. Monday. After stealing the merchandise, troopers said Davis went into the parking lot and got into a black Chevrolet Avalanche. (Source

Duluth woman pleads not guilty to $800,000 jewelry theft charge
Ashley Marie Wiskow, 29, faces charges that she stole up to $800,000 worth of goods from Security Jewelers, where she worked. Ashley Wiskow was charged Nov. 15 with a single felony theft count. The criminal complaint alleges that Wiskow stole and pawned off jewelry from the store over a two-year period. The complaint places the total value of the merchandise at nearly $800,000, but store owner Jack Seiler believes the amount to be closer to $100,000. (Source

California Highway Patrol Helicopter helps police nab Livermore theft suspects: over $6000 of merchandise recovered  A California Highway Patrol helicopter circled over Stockton for more than an hour Tuesday night while officers on the ground searched for three people who committed grand theft earlier in the evening in Livermore. Livermore police officers responded to the scene and impounded a car. Inside, they found more than $6,000 worth of stolen merchandise. (Source

3 charged with $80K burglary of a Boost Mobile store in Louisville, KY  Donavan Cantrell, 19, and two juveniles were arrested January 28 for the burglary which happened two days earlier. An arrest report states that Cantrell and the two juveniles broke into Boost Mobile around 11:45 p.m. January 26 and stole all the merchandise in the store. (Source


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