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ORC 6-23-14



Two men arrested for $4,000 gift card scam hitting Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and Victoria's Secret in Louisville, Ky.  Chaz Simon and his stepfather, Curtis Pinchbeck, were arrested Saturday after police say they were involved in an organized theft scam that involved merchandise being stolen from stores including Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and Victoria's Secret from January 2013 through June 2014. Simon's mother is also accused of being involved in the crimes. Simon and Pinchbeck reportedly returned the merchandise to the stores and received gift cards for the stolen merchandise. The gift cards were allegedly sold for a fraction of their face value at pawn shops and other secondhand dealers, police say. Police say Simon sold nine cards totaling more than $1,600. Pinchbeck allegedly sold 11 gift cards, totaling more than $2,400. The pair are charged with engaging in organized crime and receiving stolen property. (Source

Two Charged with Theft Scheme at Walmart in Barboursville, W.Va.
According to the criminal complaints, Browning, who was an employee at Walmart, admitted that since February, she had been ringing up merchandise, voiding some items, and then not ringing some items through the system. Browning told troopers that she had gone through with the scheme on 23 transactions to Burd. The store lost $1,229.25 through the scheme. (Source

Second suspect charged for theft of razors from Cub Foods in MN
The second suspect in a string of razor thefts from area Cub Foods stores has been charged with two counts of felony theft. The 47-year-old Minneapolis man was charged June 10 in Hennepin County District Court. If convicted he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on each count. He was charged three weeks after a 29-year-old Bloomington man was charged with one count of felony theft. The duo is accused of stealing razors and cartridges from stores in Bloomington and Edina on multiple occasions in April. They were arrested April 17 following an incident at the Cub Foods at 10520 France Ave., where they were accused of stealing $560 worth of razors and cartridges. (Source

Serial Shopko shoplifter nabbed in Madison, WI
Madison police said a man suspected of shoplifting at Shopko on three separate occasions was caught using surveillance video. Police said Skyler T. Davis, 31, was responsible for thefts from the Shopko store at 2602 Shopko Dr. on May 17, June 14 and June 15. He was arrested Thursday. A store manager told police the total value of the stolen item is $980. Davis was arrested on suspicion of retail theft. (Source

Four Shoplifters arrested on ORC charges at Allen Premium Outlet Mall, Allen, TX
On Tuesday, four alleged shoplifters were arrested at the Allen Premium Outlets. Each suspect was charged with two counts of organized retail theft, a Class A misdemeanor, and one count of Organized Retail Theft, a state jail felony. (Source

Mendota, CA Police arrest 4 in very strategic ID theft ring
Four suspects are in custody after authorities busted an identity theft ring here in the Valley, but they say the threat isn't over yet. Mendota police say the four arrests may lead to many more as they filter through newly obtained evidence. This is just some of the evidence Mendota police gathered from the homes of four suspects on Friday. Four suspects are accused of taking people's personal information and using their identities to turn a profit. (Source


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