Mob investigation: 73-year-old admits role in $1 million cigarette-theft scheme
- Mob run cargo theft-right out of the 'Goodfellas' movie One of eight
people arrested in alleged scheme to steal and sell $1 million worth of
cigarettes has pleaded guilty. Augie” Guido, 73, pleaded guilty before U.S.
District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to conspiracy to commit
cargo theft. Guido and seven other people — with nicknames including "Jimmy Boy"
and "Charlie Tuna" — were charged in December of 2012 for their alleged roles in
the scheme after an informant wearing a wire helped the FBI catch the crew,
Fishman has said. Guido was released on a $100,000 bond after his arrest.
Cooperating with the FBI, the informant took part in a sting operation in which
he and the eight men stole a tractor-trailer loaded with 270 cases of
counterfeit Pall Mall and Lucky 7 cigarettes from a warehouse in Edison, the
U.S. Attorney's office said. Federal agents placed video cameras and other
evidence-gathering equipment in the area, it said. In June, the informant met
with some of the men to discuss the planned theft of the trailer — another
recorded meeting — the U.S. Attorney's Office said. "Defendant Guido noted the
lock was a 'piece of (expletive)' and advised the others than they needed ski
masks and baseball caps," the U.S. Attorney's Office wrote in its announcement
about the sting. Then, on July 31, law enforcement officers saw and
video-recorded some of them men, wearing masks, breaking into the warehouse and
driving away with the trailer, which they dropped off at a warehouse in Perth
Amboy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In March 2011, the informant
paid one of the men, James "Jimmy Boy" Dellaratta, 70, $500 — representing a
portion of the sales from the cigarettes, the U.S. Attorney's office said. In
February of 2012, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant of the
Perth Amboy warehouse and found 52 full boxes, with each box containing about 50
cartons of the cigarettes, it said. In a separate sting in June of 2011, the
informant told the defendants that 25 32-inch televisions had been stolen, and
the TVs were transported to New York by Guido and Torlone, the U.S. Attorney's
office said. (Source
Mount Holly, Pa., female sentenced to 3 yrs for $800,000 "forced" sales on
declined credit or debit cards at retailers Temeshia McDonald would
have a cashier process the purchase, then present an expired or counterfeit
payment card that would be declined, officials said. She would then say she was
the victim of identity theft, pretend to call the card company to obtain an
authorization code, and give the cashier a number. The code, although phony,
would override the denial and force the sale once it was entered into the
terminal, officials said. By the time - hours or days later - store employees
realized they were duped, McDonald was on to her next shopping spree, according
to court records. Court records show her cutting a wide swath with her shopping
sprees - she struck at shops in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Cherry Hill Mall, other
suburban stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and Christiana Mall in Newark,
Del. Authorities did not elaborate, but said proceeds from the fraud were used
to pay for "plastic surgery, to make a down payment on a 2012 Cadillac CTS
Coupe, and to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise at high-end women's
clothing stores. (Source
ORC Booze felon dies after being caught shoplifting at Safeway in Belfair, Wash.
Mason County sheriff's deputies say a man dropped dead moments after he was
caught stealing booze from a Belfair Safeway. Deputies were called to the
Safeway on Sunday at 5 p.m. after store employees saw a man trying to steal a
shopping cart full of alcohol and various other items. While waiting for police,
a Safeway loss-prevention officer confronted the shoplifter outside of the store
and told him to stop, according to sheriff's office. Instead of giving up, the
shoplifter ditched the cart and took off running. When a deputy got to the
store, the Safeway employee pointed out which direction the suspect was headed.
The deputy searched the area and found the accused shoplifter on the ground. The
man was non-responsive and wasn't breathing, according to the sheriff's office.
With help from the loss-prevention officer, the deputy performed CPR on the man
while waiting for a medic aid unit to arrive. The accused shoplifter was
transported to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, but he did not survive. The man,
who has not been identified, had multiple felony warrants for his arrest and had
previous felony convictions, according to the sheriff's office.
Louisville, KY man arrested for stealing nearly $3000 of North Face jackets from
Macy’s Cortez Ricketts was taken into police custody on Feb. 10 for
allegedly stealing items from a Macy's store on Shelbyville Rd. On Feb. 5,
Ricketts was observed stealing $796 worth of North Face coats, approached by
Loss Prevention and escaped. Back on Jan 25, Ricketts was observed stealing 12
North Face jackets valued at $1920, Loss Prevention was only able to obtain the
get-a-way vehicle’s information. (Source
Six arrested for stealing nearly $1,600 in merchandise from a Massillon, OH
Walmart Four adults and two juveniles were arrested Monday evening in
connection with the theft of nearly $1,600 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart.
Three shopping carts were filled with merchandise from the store, including
food, clothing, and a stereo system. The items were taken out the door without
an attempt to pay for them. The stolen goods were being placed into a vehicle
when the six were stopped and arrested by Massillon police officers.
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