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Illinois State Police say major department store theft ring busted during traffic stop  Illinois State Police say they found thousands of dollars worth of items stolen from department stores during a routine traffic stop. A trooper stopped a rented black 2014 Ford Fusion for allegedly speeding on I-55 near milepost 66 Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The two women in the car reportedly told the trooper they were traveling from Springfield, Illinois to St. Louis. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered both women had outstanding felony warrants for their arrest. Then the trooper discovered the car they were in matched the description of a getaway vehicle connected to a major department store theft. Police said troopers who searched the car found retail merchandise in department store and garbage bags, keys like those used to access department store display cases, side cutters, department store UPC stickers and a container of pepper spray. “The total amount of stolen merchandise recovered from the vehicle was approximately $6,500,” said a statement from Illinois State Police. (Source

Innovative thief made own security tag removal device to aid shoplifting raids in the UK  A high-tech thief built his own security tag buster for shoplifting expeditions and he sold his haul on the eBay auction site. Gary Lucas shipped powerful magnets from the USA to make a device that removed security tags from electronic goods in stores. The 38-year-old could slip out without setting off theft alarms, and for four years he sold stolen goods on Ebay. Officers searched his home and they also seized his computer which showed Ebay transactions between 2009 to 2013. (Source

The Baltimore County Police Department Organized Retail Crime Team is investigating a Jewelry theft in Green Spring Station, MD   Baltimore County police, along with a growing list of law enforcement agencies across several states, are searching for a Maryland pair who they say have stolen thousands of dollars in merchandise from jewelry stores. Baltimore County police said Robert Antoine Weathers, 53, and Robin Tracy Nelson, 50, took jewelry from an unlocked safe in the office of Bijoux Jewels at Green Spring Station's Gatehouse Shoppes on Falls Road on May 8. On June 14, police in Columbia, S.C., said Weathers and Nelson allegedly hit another jewelry store, taking more than $100,000 in diamonds. Police alleged two other unidentified suspects posed as customers, asking employees to see jewelry, while Weathers walked behind a case and took the jewels from an open safe. Columbia police said Weathers and Nelson also are wanted in Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where they have targeted independent jewelry stores and may have stolen $350,000 to $500,000 worth of jewels and money. (Source

Credit Card Thieves Spend $31000 in 2 Hours
Someone allegedly stole a Virginia woman’s credit cards and spent $31,000 at various Best Buy stores within two hours, reports Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. After spending thousands of dollars at two stores June 21, the woman’s card was declined after the second attempted transaction at the third Best Buy that day. By then, the thieves had acquired $31,734.78 in merchandise. It all started with a run-in at T.J. Maxx. Literally. As the alleged victim Nancy Albany explained, a man bumped his cart into hers at a D.C.-area T.J. Maxx, and as that happened, a nearby woman asked for her help reading a price tag. Albany believes the man took her wallet while she was focused on the tag. According to the activity on her credit card statements, the shopping spree unfolded while she was still in the store. (Source

ORC Ring Leader sentenced to 10 yrs, $111K restitution in San Antonio
One of the five women arrested last summer on charges they operated an international theft ring based in San Antonio was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison — the maximum allowed under a plea agreement. Eva Salazar, 49, was also ordered by state District Judge Ray Olivarri to pay $111,222 in restitution to Victoria's Secret for merchandise that was recovered from a storage unit but couldn't be resold by the retailer because of the presence of “rat droppings,” court files indicate. (Source

2 Lancaster, PA men arrested for Target thefts; thousands of dollars in Crest White Strips

Allentown, PA man pleads guilty to West Norriton Home Depot thefts

Police capture 1 suspect in Academy Sports theft in Madison, TN

One of 3 former JC Penney employees arrested for theft in North Platte, NE


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