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Organized gang hitting Love's Truck Stops in 19 states stealing diesel fuel - LP Issues bulletin  Authorities say a band of thieves is traveling across the country stealing diesel fuel from Love's Truck Stops. Thefts have been reported in 19 states, including Alabama, according to a bulletin issued by Love's Truck Stop Loss Prevention and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in Florida. One man is in custody, and three others are sought. Investigators say the thieves are part of an organized group from south Florida which has traveled across the country for the past year in semi-trucks. They pull up to the pumps, pay for a low amount of fuel and then bypass the pumps' fuel counter systems and continuously pump fuel into several semi-trucks lined up behind each other. They have stolen thousands of dollars in fuel. (Source

Seven women hit Hurst, TX., Walmart - electronics heist  Police are trying to identify a group of women who walked into a Hurst Walmart, and walked out with hundreds of dollars of stolen tech gear. The seven women seemed to know just what they were after during their overnight shoplifting spree. Each of the women grabbed several Xbox and PlayStation 3 game controllers and then wandered to other departments in the store. At some point, several of them picked up green tote bags. While taking turns looking out for one another, the worker says the suspects are seen opening the boxes, then concealing the stolen items in their purses or clothing and leaving the empty packages behind. (Source

Female ORC duo busted selling stolen merchandise in Punta Gorda, Fla.  Two women from Harbour Heights were arrested Wednesday on multiple charges related to a scheme to steal merchandise from local businesses and resell the property. On Tuesday, undercover deputies met with Teara Anne Sander, 24, to purchase property suspected to have been stolen. Sander allegedly sold the undercover operative a Vizio surround sound system and an RCA mobile DVD player, both of which were still in the original retail packaging, for $150. The total retail value of the items was $345. Sander contacted the undercover operative again on Wednesday to tell him she had more merchandise available. Various Walmart stores identified both suspects and Confessore was charged with Grand Theft, Petit Theft and Organizing Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property. She is being held on a total $19,000 bond. (Source

IRS Subpoenas Accounting Firm in Recent Major Retail Theft Ring Bust
The investigation into an alleged major theft ring broken up by raids conducted by federal, state, and local officials now has a connection to the president of the Evansville City Council. 19 people were arrested and charged in connection to the alleged multi-million dollar operation Tuesday. Tonight, Evansville City Council President John Friend says his accounting firm has been subpoenaed along with one of his accountants. That accountant, Alicia Rudd, is the owner of Dealmaker's, the business at the center of the theft ring investigation. Rudd has not been charged in the case. (Source

5 members of an Organized Shoplifting Gang stand trial in Northern Ireland
The five men, all with addresses in the city, were arrested following a search operation by local police whose suspicions were raised after one of the gang tried to sell a stolen pair of hair straighteners to a member of the public - outside Strand Road PSNI Station. The court was told by a PSNI officer that shopkeepers in the Derry area had been targeted for the last five months by a Scottish/ Irish shoplifting gang. She said the gang used a foil lined crisp box, inside a large blue Argos bag in which to stash hundreds of pounds worth of goods such as perfumes, designer clothes and football shirts from stores such as Boots, DW Sports, Lifestyle Sports, Kular, Tommy Hilfigger and Tesco. (Source

Two men hit Boardman, Ohio, Walmart buying gift cards with stolen credit cards - reports indicate they're hitting stores "all along the East Coast"

Thieves steal $20,000 worth of Michael Kors purses, ATM, safe in three burglaries in Santa Fe 

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