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ORC 6-18-14



Second woman arrested in Lehigh County's largest shoplifting case; over $30,000 stolen from Target  The second of three woman accused of systematically shoplifting from Target stores in the Lehigh Valley and four other counties has been arrested. Latoya Payne, of Staten Island, New York, faces a long list of charges, including felony organized retail theft in connection with what District Attorney Jim Martin previously called the single largest retail theft case ever prosecuted in Lehigh County. Prosecutors said Payne, Torral Scott and a third woman identified as "Dess" stole ink cartridges, hard drives and other merchandise 11 times at six Target stores in Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Berks, York and Dauphin counties between June 27, 2012, and Oct. 13, 2012. All told, $30,241 worth of merchandise was taken from the Targets and $6,562 worth of merchandise was attempted to be stolen, records say. Scott, 40, was convicted by a jury and sentenced earlier this year to six to 16 years in state prison and ordered to pay $28,307 in restitution to Target. Scott, of Forest Hills, New York, has filed appeals in her case. (Source

70 charges laid after cheque fraud investigation in Calgary, Alberta, CN; nearly $200,000  In December 2012, a bank investigator contacted police about information linking two people to files with a loss of about $188,000. It’s alleged the pair targeted a number of financial institutions and recruited account holders who own construction, janitorial services, automotive, trucking and import companies. By using their accounts, cheques were deposited into a different account, then the money was withdrawn by the accused. All cases resulted in overdrafts, meaning the banks could not recover the money. The bank accounts were in Ontario, and the account holders would travel to Calgary to open new accounts before returning to Ontario. (Source

Mother-daughter duo accused in Walmart theft in St. Albans, VT  Police in St. Albans say around 7 p.m. on Monday they responded to Wal-Mart for a report of shoplifting in progress. Upon arrival, St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said officers discovered that 48-year-old Barbara Lynch of North Hero and her daughter, 29-year-old Clara Tatro, had taken approximately $1,500 worth of merchandise from the store. (Source

Third woman faces ORC charges in string of Copper Thefts from Menards, Lowes and Home Depot The third woman accused of being involved with a string of copper thefts from Traverse City area stores was arraigned Tuesday. Ashli Green was arraigned on charges of organized retail crime, conspiracy and commit retail fraud, first degree retail fraud, as well as habitual offender second notice. Two other women, Destiny May and Bethany Thompson, have already been charged in beginning of June. There continues to be an outstanding warrant for the fourth woman, Dianne Comai, involved in the copper thefts. The women are believed to have taken copper items from Lowes, Home Depot and Menards to sell as scrap metal. (Source


ORC 6-18-14
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