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Two alleged members of the credit card fraud gang that cost jewelers more than $1 million in losses have been arrested, according to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance  The dual arrests came in separate incidents in Greensboro, N.C., and Houston after jewelers were alerted to the scam by JSA bulletins disseminated by the North Carolina Jewelers Association and Texas Jewelers Security Hotline. In one instance, a retailer became suspicious of a customer and then saw his picture on the bulletin. After the suspect applied for a credit card, he was told that the company’s computers were down and left the store. The jeweler wrote down his license plate number, and the man was later arrested at another jewelry store. Despite these arrests, JSA president John Kennedy advises jewelers to be on the lookout, noting that other gang members are still out there. (Source

Three Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Dozens of Cans of Baby Formula from Rite Aid and Vons in Glendale, CA  Three alleged thieves were facing burglary charges Wednesday after dozens of cans of baby formula were stolen from a Southern California drugstore. Darrin White and Samuel Frank, dressed in women's clothing and wigs, allegedly walked into a Rite Aid on N. Glendale Avenue on July 12, each took two cans of Enfamil baby formula, put them in their purses and tried to walk out the exit, Glendale Police Spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. Police said they were unsure whether the clothing was a disguise or their regular attire. A Rite Aid employee who saw the act stopped the pair and called the police. Officers discovered Frank’s car in the parking lot and found 24 cans of baby formula inside, including 10 cans from a Vons grocery store. They also found the Rite Aid employee’s backpack under the car. Surveillance video showed the Vons theft happened on the same day. (Source

Man pleads guilty in $1 million Swiss Army watch theft
Forty-year-old Gilberto Nieves pleaded guilty earlier this month to first degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny charges stemming from the theft of $1,076,000 worth of watches from Victorinox Swiss Army, whose headquarters are on Victoria Drive in Monroe. Nieves, a Stratford resident and former repair manager at Swiss Army, is one of four individuals charged in connection with the theft, which, according to court documents had an “offense date” of Jan. 1, 2010. Members of the Monroe Police Department first began investigating the incident in 2011, although Nieves was not arrested until Sept. 20, 2012. (Source

Police seek man accused of being ringleader of identity theft crew in Bellevue, WA  A man accused of being the ringleader of a massive identity theft crew is on the run and likely has a very good fake ID. Patrick McCabe has several convictions already for identity theft. Detectives found dozens of fake driver’s licenses, 67 bogus credit cards as well as social security cards in a condo following a search warrant. They have arrested four people in the ID theft ring so car. (Source

Multiple suspects busted for alleged identity theft at Kohl’s in Petaluma, CA
Petaluma Police arrested multiple suspects for an alleged theft at Kohl's Department Store on North McDowell Boulevard Tuesday afternoon. According to police, James Costello, Jerraud Ford, Ramell Dudley and Marcella Roles entered Kohl's around 5 p.m. July 15 and obtained a credit card with fraudulent information. After receiving the credit card, all four suspects began to shop within the store, gathering a large quantity of merchandise. The suspects used the credit card they had just received to pay for the items. The suspects left the store and loaded the items into their vehicle, then returned to the store to purchase more merchandise with the same fraudulent credit card. This time, the card was declined at the checkout register. All four suspects fled the store. Employees from Kohl's called police. The suspects were located a block away from the store. (Source

Montrose, MI woman pleads guilty to felony in connection with video game controller theft spree; hitting Meijer, Walmart and Target  A 44-year-old Montrose woman police said went on a spree of stealing video game controllers from Bay County retailers has accepted a plea offer. Angela L. McGrandy on Thursday, July 17, appeared before Bay County District Judge Dawn A. Klida and pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree retail fraud, second offense. The charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000 or three times the value of the stolen merchandise. (Source


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