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Man admits to massive counterfeit exercise equipment scam out of Northern New York  Secret Service agents seized six tractor-trailer loads of exercise equipment from a warehouse in Champlain, N.Y., six years ago. The 3,200 items carried brand-name labels, including Fitness Quest's Ab Lounge XL exercise chairs, Perfect Pushup devices and Nautilus's Bowflex Exercise machines. But they were cheap knockoffs masquerading as the real thing -- the latest counterfeits in a Denver man's six-year scheme to profit off unsuspecting Internet shoppers, according to court papers and federal prosecutors. Walid Turk, 40, admitted in federal court today in Albany that he was getting them from manufacturers in China and selling them on the Internet as if they were the authentic items. Turk pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods from 2003 to 2008. He faces up to five years in prison when U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn sentences him in August. (Source

Three Suspects charged with using foil to bypass security at a Best Buy in Mt Juliet, TN  Mt. Juliet police charged three shoplifting suspects Tuesday after they were caught apparently wrapping merchandise in foil to bypass the security system at Best Buy. According to Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler, the suspects were spotted by the store's loss prevention team at around 3 p.m. as they apparently wrapped a cellphone and a set of Bose headphones in aluminum foil to conceal the items enough to bypass the security system when they left. He said store officials called the police, and when the suspects tried to leave the store, loss prevention staff and officers stopped them. Michael Binkley, 48, of Nashville, Amanda Jett, 18, of Hermitage, and Stephen Sandlin, 29, of Madison, were each charged with theft of merchandise and possession of tools to interfere with anti-theft security devices. (Source

Two Men Arrested in Bellefontaine, OH linked to thefts at 4 area Retailers  Bellefontaine Police Department found them with merchandise stolen from four south end merchants. Heath Michael Brisson, 33, at large, was charged with four counts of theft and a count each of resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Rickie J. Anderson, 51, at large, was charged with theft and complicity to theft. Around 1:30 p.m., officers were called to Label Shopper after the men took clothing from the store. They were stopped while walking in the 1200 block of south Detroit Street carrying a shopping bag. Mr. Brisson lied about his identity, and while officers were handcuffing Mr. Anderson, he took off running. Three men saw an officer fall during the foot chase and pursued the suspect, catching him at 1400 S. Detroit. Officers found merchandise from Label Shopper; Lowe’s Home Improvement; Big Lots.; and Low Phil’s Discount Tobacco. (Source

Detroit Lakes, MN woman gets prison for stealing five TV sets from Walmart 
A Detroit Lakes woman was sentenced for felony theft after stealing five television sets from the Detroit Lakes Walmart. 26-year old Corinne Ann DeVall was sentenced in the Becker County District Court to 12 months and one day in prison, stayed for five years. She will serve 71 days and pay a $1,000 fine and $790 in restitution. According to the complaint, DeVall was one of two women who were caught on surveillance video entering Walmart on the evening of June 6, 2013. The video showed them selecting five 24-inch TV’s, which they then placed in cart and pushed out the door, loading them into a van and driving away. (Source

N.Y. woman used 'booster bag' to steal $1000 of cologne from Abercrombie and Fitch in Natick, MA  Abercrombie & Fitch store security busted a New York woman on Monday who tried to steal more than $1,000 worth of cologne. Nays Figueroa, 40, stole nine bottles of Fierce cologne valued at $118 each at 5:20 p.m., according to a Natick Police on Tuesday. According to the report, store security began watching Figueroa and a man who came in with her. They recognized the man, who was not named or arrested, as being an accomplice in a theft at a Peabody Abercrombie & Fitch. The woman, identified as Figueroa, was carrying what appeared to be a "booster bag," or a bag lined with material to block security sensors. After filling the bag, Figueroa left but was stopped by store security and brought back into the store, where Natick Police arrested her. (Source

Two arrested with stealing $2,200 in razors from Sam's Club in Raleigh, NC
Police charged two men with stealing $2,200 worth of "Gillette razor packs" from a Sam's Club on Tuesday night. Michael Bryan Strickland and Robert Hartford Bain III both of Rocky Mount, were arrested about 9 p.m. at the Sam’s Club. Each was charged with felony larceny, shoplifting and organized retail theft by conspiring with the other. Both had been charged with misdemeanor larceny on April 19. Bain was arrested on a Nash County warrant charging he did not show up for a court date on a misdemeanor larceny charge in Nash County. (Source


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