in the UK begin to "dismantle the criminal empire built by the UK's most
notorious shoplifting gang" Jean McGovern and Annette Daniel
orchestrated high-value stealing sprees across the country, including a 35,000
pound raid on luxury store Harrods. Their faces became so well known to security
guards the pair used wigs and hats as disguises, and even covered up with
burkhas. Both are behind bars, having been caged last month for targeting Harvey
Nichols in Edinburgh and taking designer bags, clothes and make-up. It’s now
emerged Crown Office officials have moved against McGovern, 47, and are believed
to be using proceeds of crime laws to target her home in the Springburn area of
Glasgow. On Friday, the 52-year-old appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court and
admitted stealing almost £1000 of clothes from designer shop Hollister on
October 1 — while she was on bail. Her co-accused, 20-year-old Declan Paxton,
from Ruchill, Glasgow, also pled guilty to the charge. Sentence was deferred,
with Daniel remanded in custody and Paxton released on bail. McGovern, due to
be released from prison next month, is the cousin of murderer Paul McGovern, 40,
and drug dealer Tony McGovern, 35, who was shot dead in 2000.
ORC gang of 6 busted hitting Paramus Mall
The mall’s loss prevention officers alerted Paramus Police Officer David
Bentacourt to the six last Saturday. Bentacourt found the subjects in the mall’s
parking lot entering a Nissan Murano, where he and another officer found
fragrance bottles from Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Armani and Coco Chanel, Paramus Police
Deputy Chief Robert Guidetti said in a news release. The officers said they also
discovered clothing from Burberry, a foil-lined bag, which is commonly used by
organized theft crews to steal merchandise without activating alarms, and a stun
gun, in the suspects vehicle last Saturday. Virginia Bland, 45, Ashley Davis,
18, Mariah Young, 20, and Khalif McDaniels, 24, all of Newark, were arrested
along with Hasonna Porter, 40, of Irvington and Elaine McDaniels, 49, of East
Orange. They were charged with possession of stolen property and possession of
burglary tools. Porter also was charged with possession of a stun gun.
Two arrested for ORC in Lewis County, WA.
Aaron E. Kyllonen, 27, of Longview, and Kinzy R. Murray, 19, of Kelso, were both
arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for suspicion of organized retail
theft after they both were caught working together to shoplift from multiple
outlet stores on the 100 block of West High Street shortly before 5 p.m.
California ORC trio sentenced in theft from Oregon stores
Hitting Nordstrom stores with stolen credit cards a a search of the vehicle and
the trios’ hotel room, police reported recovering $20,000 in property, $5,000 to
$10,000 in gift cards, $1,500 in cash and more than 100 counterfeit cards. The
property reportedly included high-end clothing, money orders and Apple iPads,
iPad Minis and iPhones. On April 1, Linda Vongphakdy pleaded guilty to one count
of aggravated identity theft and two counts of first-degree theft. On April 2,
Matthews pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated identity theft, one count
of aggravated first-degree theft, one count of organized retail theft and two
counts of first-degree theft. On May 1, Melissa Vongphakdy pleaded guilty to one
count of aggravated identity theft and two counts of first-degree theft.
Matthews was sentenced to two years of probation; if Matthews violates
probation, he faces two years and four months of prison. Matthews was ordered to
pay $1,400 in fines, $929 in attorney’s fees and forfeit all property seized.
Linda Vongphakdy was sentenced to 60 days in jail, followed by two years of
formal probation. She faces a possible one year and eight months in prison if
she violates probation. Linda Vongphakdy was fined $600 and assessed $900 in
attorney’s fees. If she returns to California, she is required to meet with an
investigator in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and provide
truthful, accurate information, according to Matthew Hall, deputy district
attorney for Washington County. Melissa Vongphakdy was sentenced to one year and
eight months in prison, followed by two years of post-prison supervision. She
was assessed fines and fees. (Source
Shoplifting incident leads to police chase three men who had hit Nike Outlet in
Sevierville, Tenn. Officers responded to a call from the Nike Outlet
just before 11 a.m. Friday morning, that three men fled the store with bags full
of unpaid merchandise. Police saw the suspects' vehicle driving recklessly on
the Parkway. At one point an officer, who was standing on a sidewalk along the
Parkway, had to get out of the way as the vehicle jumped the curb toward him.
Authorities captured the suspects after a brief chase and search.
Bend man charged in Sam’s Club felony thefts in Hobart Felony theft
charges have been filed against a South Bend man who allegedly stole thousands
of dollars worth of merchandise during the winter from the Sam’s Club store on
U.S. 30. Clifford D. Bonds, 23, who has three prior felony theft convictions,
and an accomplice went to the store Feb. 27 and March 6 and stole computers the
first time and flat-screen televisions the second, according to police.
Detective James Gonzales said Bonds was observed on surveillance video loading
merchandise onto a cart and leaving through an emergency exit where a pickup
truck was waiting. Bonds and the driver can be seen loading the stolen goods
into the truck. During a continuing education class, Gonzales spoke to a South
Bend police detective who was also attending and showed him a photo of the
thief. The detective identified Bonds, having dealt with him several times.