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Raleigh police bust major ORC theft ring hitting Sam's Club & selling loot at local flea market  Investigators believe they have stopped a major theft ring involving nearly 2,000 items stolen from a Raleigh Sam’s Club to be sold at a local flea market. Edgar Armando Alvarez, 38, is accused of leading the organized retail theft ring where thieves took merchandise from area stores, sold them to Alvarez for cash, who then sells them at Watson’s Flea Market. Authorities were tipped about the ring after Travis Ashley Seamster, 30, and Dana Brooke Whitley, 33, were arrested on April 18 on shoplifting and armed robbery charges. A security guard at the Sam's Club confronted a man and a woman about shoplifting and the man pulled a knife before the pair dropped the merchandise and ran. Seamster told investigators he sold stolen merchandise to Alvarez for cash multiple times within the past year, and did so under the watch of Raleigh detectives in April. “The cooperating defendant delivered numerous new hammers, tape measures and gloves for $160,” the warrant said. Alvarez, who was arrested after the transaction, is charged with organized retail theft, possession of stolen goods/property and receiving stolen goods/property. Police seized over 1,900 items from Alvarez’ home on April 19. All the items were taken from the Sam’s Club on South Saunders Street, including: tools, electronics, H&B, clothing, auto supplies and jewelry. Police believe Alvarez stored the stolen goods in his home before selling them at the flea market. (Source

International Cybercriminal 'Eskalibur' gets 14 yrs in prison for stealing and selling 118,000 credit cards that were used in South Florida stores  The stolen credit card numbers were used to buy merchandise in South Florida stores, but U.S. Secret Service agents traced the fraud to a man in Ukraine who used the online nickname "Eskalibur." On Tuesday, a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced Egor Shevelev, the man behind the mythical name, to 14 years in prison for trafficking more than 118,000 stolen and fraudulent credit card numbers. Shevelev, 27, was one of the world's top online salesmen of stolen credit card numbers and operated a cyberfraud that crossed international borders, targeting victims in South Florida and New York, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In February, Shevelev admitted that he was one of the ringleaders of the multimillion-dollar fraud, which he operated from his apartment in Kiev. Prosecutors said the potential loss was more than $59 million, but the actual loss to hundreds of victims has been impossible to calculate. (Source

Five member crew hitting stores with stolen & counterfeit credit cards in Bay County and entire Panhandle  Five people are suspected of being responsible for thousands of dollars in losses due to the theft of credit card numbers and the use of counterfeit credit cards in Bay County and, possibly, the entire Panhandle, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. While investigating the theft and fraudulent use of a credit card by a victim in Bay County, BCSO investigators developed information that a group of suspects were involved. The suspects, three men and two women, are believed to have conducted numerous transactions in mid-March using counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen numbers. The group has been captured on security cameras in businesses using the fraudulent cards. Anyone with information on these suspects is asked to contact Investigator Craig Romans by telephone at (850) 248-2075 or email at (Source

Smyrna police looking for male-female duo ORC suspects hitting stores in Cobb, Fulton, Dunwoody, and Smyrna, Ga.  Authorities identified the two shoplifters as Anthony Barnes, 24, and Nashara Arnold, 24. The duo is accused of going into Cobb Blvd.'s T.J. Maxx department store and stealing over $1,300 in clothing. In addition to several stores in Cobb, the suspects reportedly hit stores in Fulton and Dunwoody as well. According to Officer Barnes, the duo would steal clothing from one store and take the merchandise to another store and return it for cash. (Source

One woman crime wave in Columbus, Ohio stealing thousands using motorized cart - 11 counts so far  "She's very open about it. She'll open merchandise in the store. She'll open cigarettes in the store. She'll even smoke in the store while she's stealing. She'll go to the shoe department, she'll steal one new shoe, place it on herself and leave. And leave the box behind with the other shoe." Juanita Praither isn't your typical shopper, but authorities say she's managed to grab thousands of dollars in merchandise -- and, not pay a single penny. Police believe Praither takes items she can quickly turn into cash. Hedrick says Praither's been busted shoplifting several times at several stores on the same day, but that she's skipped all her court appearances. (Source


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