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ORC 8-11-14




Shoplifters in Des Peres, MO using fashionable accessory to hide stolen items  Shoplifters are using a new accessory to disguise stolen goods, and police in Des Peres are catching on. The accessory is known as a booster bag. Carefully constructed with an aluminum foil lining to trick store sensors, the booster bag appears to be an ordinary purse from the outside. But, like other theft devices, booster bags are prohibited by city ordinance. Recently, Janay Clark, 22, allegedly used a booster bag at West County Center to steal more than $900 worth of denim and a handbag from the The Buckle. (Source

Ohio Grand Jury indicts a $12,000 Baby formula thief
Prized for its high demand and therefore high resale value and as a tool in the illegal drug trade, it allegedly was the target of a Tallmadge, OH woman now facing charges that she stole more than $12,000 worth of powdered formula from two different Walmart stores last fall. On one occasion, Smith allegedly stole 474 cans of baby formula, worth $7,909, from the Streetsboro Walmart, according to Streetsboro police. Two children helped her steal the items, according to a police report of the incident. Stacy A. Smith, 24, also faces felony theft and robbery charges in two other nearby counties. (Source

2 Female Shoplifters facing $436 theft/ return scheme at Walmart in Edwardsville, IL; repeat offenders  A pair of Riverbend women were charged with the felony of Retail Theft Over $300 Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court. Stacy Anne Lindley, 30, Brittany Rose Knox, 26 each were charged with two felony counts due to the fact each had been previously convicted of theft in Madison County and the amount of the theft exceeded $300. On Wednesday, Aug. 6 deputies were informed two women had been observed removing items from the shelves of the store and immediately responding to the customer service counter to “return” the items for a gift card. The female suspects left the area by vehicle after obtaining the gift card. Investigative efforts revealed Knox and Lindley obtained a gift card for the amount of $438.95 by means of “returning” items they had never purchased from the store. (Source

Prospect Heights, IL mother, son plead guilty to retail theft; hitting 4 TJ Maxx stores  A Prospect Heights mother and her son pleaded guilty to stealing merchandise from TJ Maxx stores in Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect and Chicago. Originally charged with a "continuing financial crimes enterprise," Maria G. Kraszynska, 64, and her son, Christopher A. Krasznski-Morrar, 23, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor retail theft Thursday, prosecutors said. The pair were sentenced to two years conditional discharge. Additionally, the judge ordered them to pay restitution. According to police, the defendants purchased high-end jewelry from the stores and returned inferior or less expensive jewelry in its place. The thefts took place between October 2013 and March 2014 and were recorded by store surveillance cameras, police said. (Source

2 arrested in $1300 theft of alcohol from a HyVee store in Plattsmouth, NB; warrant issued for a third suspect

ORC 8-11-14
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