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ORC 2-26-14




5 arrested after shoplifting at the Winona Walmart, Minn.
Five people were arrested near Stewartville last week after allegedly shoplifting from the Winona Walmart more than 50 miles away. Officials at the Winona County Jail say about $8,000 worth of merchandise was taken from Walmart. (Source

$18,000 In Merchandise Stolen From JC Penney’s; Pair Arrested in Abington, Pa.  Officers responded at 3:13 a.m. Wednesday to a security alarm at the store. Police say a responding officer saw a gray Ford Focus traveling south on Easton Road, coming from the direction of the mall. The Ford was traveling at a high rate of speed without its headlights on. Police say in plain view in the vehicle was a pile of new clothing that still had the retail tags on them and a clear plastic container filled with new watches which also had retail tags on them. According to police, the retail tags were from JCPenney’s and the total value of the merchandise was over $18,612. Other officers responded to the mall and determined the glass doors at exterior and interior of the vestibule had been smashed out. Inside the JCPenney store, police say the rear sliding doors to the jewelry counters had been broken out and merchandise in them had been stolen. Police determined that the watches, other jewelry and clothing that were in the Ford Focus was merchandise that had been stolen from JCPenney’s. (Source

Female Thief Gets Away With $4,021 In Lingerie From Victoria's Secret in Chattanooga, TN  Police said a female thief, in two quick trips in and out of Victoria's Secret at Hamilton Place Mall, made off with $4,021 in lingerie. The manager said at a time when the store was extremely busy, a customer advised her that a female was loading a bag with merchandise. The woman got away. About 20 minutes later, the customer again contacted the manager, saying the woman was back with a different bag and was loading it with more loot. The manager walked over and spotted her leaving with three other females. (Source

Woman in theft ring banned from Target for decade
A Woodbury woman convicted of participating in a theft ring will be prohibited from entering Target stores for 10 years as part of a criminal sentence. Kristi Jean Hambleton, 24, was sentenced Feb. 6 in Washington County District Court to 10 years of probation and about four months in jail following a felony theft conviction. Hambleton was among several people tracked by authorities during two months in 2012, when $12,913 in merchandise was stolen from Target stores around the metro area. (Source

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