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Baltimore man pleads guilty in $200,000 ID theft ring that hit Giant, Rite Aid and Nordstrom  Olanrewaju Abiola and his co-conspirators purchased stolen credit card data, typically on the internet, and then loaded it onto gift cards and other payment cards, according to a Tuesday release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The group used the cards, along with counterfeit driver's licenses, to make purchases from various locations in the Baltimore-Washington area, including Giant, Rite-Aid and Nordstrom. They then returned the purchases in order to get cash. The scheme resulted in at least $200,000 in actual and intended losses, and involved more than 250 victims, according to the release. Abiola faces a maximum five years in prison. (Source

Two serial shoplifters hitting hitting Rite Aid & Dollar General stores busted in Albany, GA  Two suspected serial shoplifters are caught in a stolen car Wednesday afternoon. 39-year-old Coretta Bracey and 34-year-old Jonnie Jackson are in the Dougherty County Jail charged with theft by taking and shoplifting. “They knew immediately once they got the description of the car today that hey this might be the same individuals that have been committing these other shopliftings in the area." Investigators expect to file more charges against the two for a string of shoplifting cases at Rite Aids and Dollar Generals since July 20th. They also have warrants in other counties. (Source

Man Arrested For Trying To Sell Stolen Cubs Merchandise at Wrigley Stadium
Police said he stole more than $1,000 worth of Cubs merchandise from The Cubs Store, a team-owned store across the street from the stadium, and then tried to sell it to Cubs fans inside Wrigley. (Source

Neighboring Business Caught Up as 'Collateral Damage' of FBI Sting  After an eight month investigation, local, state and federal authorities took down an alleged million dollar retail theft ring on Tuesday. The raid temporarily shut down one Tri-State business despite it not being involved in any way, federal authorities said. The owner said he's merely a victim of proximity and is now collateral damage. On Tuesday, armed with search warrants, federal agents raided the Deal Makers locations in Newburgh and Henderson. The warrants were in connection with an investigation into a retail theft ring allegedly masterminded by Kyle Hudson and Michael Rupert, the manager and operator of Deal Makers. Rupert is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods and Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods. Hudson has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods. The two would have other people steal goods from local stores and then sell those goods on Ebay, prosecutors said. Some of the stolen items included high-end vacuum cleaners, televisions, power tools and designer purses. (Source

Burglars target Gucci store at Houston’s Galleria mall  For the third time in 8 days, a group of men tried breaking into the Gucci store inside the Galleria. It happened around 3am this morning. Houston Police say the men work masks and drove into the Saks Fifth Avenue parking lot in a late model mini van. A security guard spotted the would-be burglars and called for back up before the men took off. On Monday, police believe the same group of men tried breaking into the high-end store with no luck. Last week on July 30, the thieves did break into the store, stealing about $20,000 worth of merchandise. (Source

Man busted at Lexington, Ky., Kroger store buying gift cards with fake credit cards - had 17 re-encoded counterfeits on his possession

Man charged after allegedly stealing from Best Buy in Racine, WI twice


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