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