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Mesa, Ariz., Fencing operation - pawn shop busted selling stolen merchandise - 16 arrested - more details and video tomorrow - Sources say $1.5M value exclusively to the Daily  East Valley police said they've completed an operation called Operation Bond Ammo resulting in numerous arrests and the recovery of hundreds of guns as well as thousands of stolen items. According to police, the recovered items were stolen from individuals and retailers. They said the Organized Retail Crime Association helped police identify items stolen from Target, Walmart and Kroger. (Source (Source

Counterfeit credit/debit card fraud ring busted in Nashville
Several suspects are arrested Monday after they attempted to purchase gift cards from various Wal Marts by swiping encoded credit/debit cards, according to an affidavit. Police received information that the suspects were encoding the card numbers at a south Nashville motel and followed them. Arrested are 26-year-old Olayinka Gangura, 32-year-old Olakunle Ijiti, 24-year-old Doris Turay and 25-year-old Samuel Cole for criminal simulation. Police say they observed Bangura attempting to purchase three $400 gift cards at the Wal Mart at 4040 Nolensville Pike by swiping several cards from her purse. Another suspect purchased two $400 gift cards from the Wal Mart at 5531 Edmondson Pike. Numerous counterfeit/encoded credit/debit cards were recovered by police at the suspects' hotel. Two laptops, a card encoder and several gift cards were also confiscated. (Source

Philadelphia Female Fraudster - Refunder gets 23 month prison sentence
Stealing credit cards from restaurant customers the suspect along with an unidentified suspect would buy and return merchandise at King of Prussia Mall stores. (Source

West Valley, Utah Police thank public for identifying Lenscrafter theft suspects  West Valley police are thanking the public for helping them identify two people suspected of stealing from a Lenscrafter store. On April 11, police asked the public for help identifying the men who stole $2,700 worth of merchandise from the store. Tipsters contacted police with possible identities of the two men and even provided screen shots of one man’s Facebook page where police said he was offering stolen sunglasses for sale. Police arrested Joseph Welch, 33, during a traffic stop April 12. Police said they located some of the stolen merchandise with Welch. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of felony theft and multiple outstanding warrants. (Source

Secret Service tracks sophisticated Wal-Mart fraud
Using phony barcode stickers and counterfeit receipts, five people stole merchandise from Wal-Mart stores from Florida to Texas and conned the retail giant out of more than $100,000 in bogus refunds, authorities say. The group built on common forms of organized retail theft – known as “UPC switching” – involving fake universal product codes to bring a new level of sophistication to theft by cracking the stores’ receipt codes and forging receipts to get cash refunds. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said the group employed tactics she has not seen before. She said the company is always looking for ways to prevent theft and would investigate any changes needed to combat the methods in this case. The conspirators would hone in on items that were generally similar but often had much different prices – things like extension cords, water filters, golf balls and lawn chemicals. They would buy a high-priced extension cord, for example, and buy or steal numerous lower-priced extension cords. Then they’d copy the high-priced barcode and make stickers to cover the barcodes of the cheaper extension cords. (Source

Two Women Charged in the theft of over $800 in merchandise from Belk in Jackson, TN  Jackson Police have charged two Ripley women with shoplifting over $800 worth of merchandise from Belk and seized an SUV in an ongoing theft investigation. Officers found Midkiff's 2005 Chevy Trailblazer on the parking lot. Officers noticed that there appeared to be stolen merchandise from Kirkland's, J.C. Penny and Kohl's inside the SUV. Kelly Midkiff, 40, and Dawanda Pickett, 45, were both arraigned Monday morning in Jackson City Court for felony theft. (Source


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