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Two Albertsons’ employees and 3 others arrested in credit card scheme in Albuquerque, NM. Five people are under arrest, accused running a sophisticated credit and debit card theft ring that started with a waiter at an Albuquerque restaurant. Police said the group racked up more than $15,000 in fraudulent purchases. According to court documents, one of the restaurant’s waiters, John Ocanas, admitted to using what’s called a “skimmer” to record customer’s credit and debit card information. In the court documents, detectives said Ocanas would give the stolen card numbers to Andrew Aragon and Dustin Swanson. The two men would allegedly make fake credit cards with the stolen information. Aragon’s girlfriend, Jessica Lopez, worked at the money counter in Albertsons. She’s accused of using those fake cards to buy more than $15,000 worth of gift cards and money orders. Police also arrested fellow Albertsons cashier Tonya Russell because they said she helped with the scam. (Source

Police investigate fight, uncover Bellevue, WA ID theft ring. Bellevue police made four arrests, uncovering what investigators call a prolific case of identity theft. Detectives removed several hundred documents from a unit at the Hidden Creek Condominiums. Some type of fight or disturbance last week led officers inside the unit where they found several people with outstanding warrants. One of the people was also holding three fake Washington I.D. cards. Police got a search warrant and discovered an I.D. factory. Police said they've confiscated 39 false Washington I.D. cards and driver licenses, 67 fraudulent credit cards, 28 false government I.D. cards, seven false Social Security cards and several hundred forged checks. There are at least 50 victims, according to police who said a few have already told investigators that they've been victims of break-ins or theft. (Source

Employee Theft at Lowe's Leads to Mother, Daughter Arrest in Milford, CT. 
Milford police say Garbriela Deleon, 20, of Van Rensselaer Avenue in Stratford, who worked at Lowe’s is accused of allowing her family to receive merchandise totaling $2,750 and then returning it for cash. Police said on April 27 they received a complaint regarding an employee theft that occurred at Lowe’s. Investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Deleon, who is accused of providing her relatives with store merchandise and not charging them for the items. On three separate occasions in December, March and April the approximate value of the loss to the store was $2,750. An arrest warrant was issued for Deleon’s mother, Griselda Torres, of the same address as Deleon, who is accused of receiving the merchandise and then returning it for cash and gift cards. (Source

Two arrested in Meijer shoplift in Muncie, IN; nearly $7,000.  
Two Ohio men were arrested early Monday after shoplifting $6,938 in electronics merchandise from the Meijer store in Muncie. After an employee noticed around 4:30 a.m. that an entire display area of electronics was missing, video surveillance showed two men loading the merchandise inside a bag, city police patrolwoman Amy Kesler said. (Source

How Jay-Z Sparked a Champagne Theft Ring; Credit card scammers target a French bubbly that the rap mogul turned into the new Cristal. In 2006, rapper Jay-Z singlehandedly changed the market for high-end champagne. Until then, the luxury bubbly of choice had been the $500-a-bottle Cristal. But in his music video for “Show Me What You Got,” Jay-Z waves away a bottle of Cristal while seated at a Monte Carlo card table, then nods in approval as the waiter presents a gold bottle of Armand de Brignac with a raised-pewter logo in the shape of the ace of spades. But as the champagne known as the Ace of Spades has become the go-to bubbly for the jet set, it has also become a favorite target of credit credit fraudsters. “Ninety-nine percent of the fraud attempts [we see] are for this high-end champagne,” says Alex Gorelik, director of operations for Wine Anthology. “There are a lot of people who try to buy Ace of Spades and can’t afford it, [so] they use fake credit cards.” (Source

Photos released of ORC female duo stealing 15 bottles of perfume from Nordstrom Rack store in Glendale, CA.


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