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ORC 6-16-14



Ten Michael Kors bags stolen from Monroe, NC Belk store. 
Police in Monroe say a shoplifter stole 10 designer handbags and several bottles of cologne from Belk on Saturday afternoon. Around 1:30 Saturday, Monroe Police were called to the Belk store in Monroe after a loss prevention officer reported a large theft. The loss prevention officer told police a black male entered the store at the Dickerson Boulevard entrance and walked straight up to the cologne counter and lifted three bottles. The man then went to the purse area, pulled out a large bag and put 10 Michael Kors handbags and the bottles of cologne in the bag, then left the store the same way he came in. (Source

Ulta Beauty Employees Pepper Sprayed by fleeing $1000 shoplifter in Annapolis. 
Anne Arundel County Police are looking for two women accused of a shoplifting incident that involved two employees being pepper-sprayed. According to police, a woman shoplifted about $1,000 worth of fragrances from the Ulta Beauty cosmetics store in the Harbor Center shopping plaza in Annapolis around 3:37 p.m. Friday. After the woman left the store, an employee confronted her and tried to grab the bag with the stolen goods. Police say that's when another woman waiting outside the store pepper-sprayed the employee. The employee received treatment at the scene before being taken to a hospital for more treatment. The store manager was also pepper-sprayed but refused medical treatment. (Source

Sledgehammer-wielding thief makes off with watches from Saks in Troy, MI. 
A brazen thief used a short-handled sledgehammer to smash a jewelry case and make off with high-end watches from a crowded shopping mall Friday, according to police. The smash-and-grab robbery occurred at about 6 p.m. at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in the Somerset Collection on Big Beaver Road in Troy. Police initially responded to reports of gunfire at the mall from panicked shoppers, but it turned out to be a reaction to the sound of the hammer smashing the glass showcase, Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond said. The suspect made off with a number of high-end watches, said Redmond, who did not disclose the exact number or their value. The Saks store is known to carry watches worth more than $10,000 each. (Source

UK: The truth about Britain's black market traders: 
Derelict streets with rows of empty shops are hiding hundreds of stores selling fake designer goods where you can pick up 'Jimmy Choos' for £10. A hidden shopping mall selling fake designer goods has been discovered behind a row of derelict shops. The secret shopping village - on a once bustling street in Manchester - is packed with fake Louis Vuitton handbags, Nike football shirts, and Jimmy Choo shoes. Visitors to the black market in Bury New Road stock up in bulk and then sell the goods across the country. The 20 shops reportedly operate on a 'spotter system' - whereby a lookout will stand outside the shuttered shop front and use mobile phones to alert colleagues inside if police are near. While most of the business comes from those buying in bulk, individual shoppers also visit the underworld factory to buy fake handbags, sunglasses and sports gear. (Source

Alleged Best Buy serial shoplifter arrested.
A serial shoplifter is behind bars this afternoon, accused of stealing from local Best Buy stores at least six times since November of 2012. Police said Wallace Sanders Jr. would pick out video games, DVDs and tablets, hide them in his jacket and walk out of the store to a waiting get away car. He has been charged with stealing more than $9,000 worth of merchandise. (Source

Four arrested in investigation into 'shoplifting gang' in Toronto. 
Four women have been arrested in a police crackdown on shoplifting at a Toronto-area mall. Halton regional police say they joined loss prevention experts from Mexx, Banana Republic and The Gap stores to respond to "increased criminal activity" at the Toronto Premium Outlets mall in Halton Hills. A two-day operation was launched this week at the mall west of Toronto as a way of dealing with what police allege are "gangs of roving shoplifters" who have been plaguing many area malls. Police say the arrests were made after officers changed into street clothes and began patrolling various stores. (Source


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