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ORC 7-14-14




Credit fraud ring targeting jewelers across the country
At least 10 jewelers across the country have sustained losses due to a credit card fraud gang that used phony IDs to attain in-store credit, according to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s recent bulletin.  The suspected gang members are Asian males that use fake California drivers’ licenses to obtain store credit, and then typically buy a watch in the $7,000 to $25,000 range. The licenses are obtained through identity theft, and are almost impossible for jewelers to detect, the JSA says. Losses or fraud attempts attributed to this gang have been reported in Nevada, New York, Michigan, Montana, Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. (Source

Female ORC duo busted in Portland - connected to larger organized retail theft operation  Carmen Young, 36, and Victoria Brown, 48, were in Sur La Table, 390 N. State Street in Lake Oswego, when employees called the cops. Young and Brown were found with meth, heroin, cocaine, stolen Sur La Table goods and $2,000 of stolen property from other stores, according to police. A Lake Oswego release says police suspect Young and Brown are connected to a larger organized retail theft operation, which has hit other stores in the Portland area. If you have any further inquiries or information about this case or related cases, call Sgt. Tom Hamann at 503-635-0238. (Source

Woman charged with organized retail theft in Rochester, N.Y.
City police, with the help of the Dover Police Department, arrested a Dover woman Monday morning for organized retail theft at the Walmart in Rochester. According to a press release sent out by the Rochester Police Department, the incident occurred on May 12 and was under investigation by Rochester police. (Source

Georgia Couple arrested for theft of $1800 in jewelry from Walmart; merchandise immediately taken to Pawn Shop  A man and woman accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of earrings from a jewelry case are being held without bond, according to Floyd County Jail reports. Anthony Ferguson and Kasey Degennaro, allegedly forced the lock of a case at Walmart in West Rome on May 15. They then took several pairs of earrings with an estimated value of $1,881 and immediately took them to a Rome pawn shop where they sold them. When law enforcement officers attempted to arrest the two at the residence Friday night, Degenarro told them that Ferguson was not there when he was hiding in a fireplace. Ferguson proceeded to fight with three arresting officers in an attempt to get away. (Source

Mattress Firm Burglar makes off with over $30,000 worth of bedding in Pasadena, TX  On July 4, the employees of a business arrived in the morning to find a big chunk of their merchandise missing from the store room. Pasadena police were dispatched at just before 9 a.m. to the Mattress Firm in reference to a burglary. According to police, the entire section of multiple sizes of Tempurpedic display mattresses was gone: in total, 11 mattresses plus 30 pillows. The value of the merchandise, police say, is estimated at over $30,000. (Source

Tractor Supply Co. thief pleads guilty to felony in Queensbury, NY
A Ballston Spa man who police said was part of a duo that stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and copper wire from Tractor Supply Co. stores around the region earlier this year has pleaded guilty to a felony in Warren County Court. Justin E. Furgason, 33, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for the theft of wire from the chain's store in Queensbury in February. The two are also believed linked to similar thefts of wire and tools from Tractor Supply Co. stores in Greenwich, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, Schodack, Amsterdam, Scotia and Bennington, Vt., police said. (Source

Sanibel man accused in Nike theft ring
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Nike sneakers are stolen. A man, law enforcement say, is caught in the middle and has ties to SW Florida. Court records show Jason Keating worked with two former Nike managers in the black market. Those managers according to court documents would steal and sell rare high end promotional sneakers to Keating. He is accused of paying upwards of 30-thousand dollars per pair and then would re-sell them to stores and boutiques. At one time, Keating sold a pair on Ebay, according to the records. Keating, who is from SW Florida, was arrested in Oregon, where the Nike headquarters are located, in April of this year. Keating's attorney would offer only a "no comment" as to whether or not he was back in Florida. (Source

9 arrested in $30,000 ID theft ring in Denver CO


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