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ORC 9-17-14




Five Bank Tellers in NY charged in $850,000 identity theft ring  Five people are under arrest, charged with accessing records and stealing the personal information of customers at New York area banks. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced indictments against the five for running an alleged identity theft ring targeting customers of local banks. The defendants are accused of stealing over $850,000 by having bank tellers access and steal personal information of hundreds of unsuspecting customers, including account numbers and Social Security numbers. They allegedly used the information to withdraw money from those accounts. The tellers involved worked for branches of Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, HSBC, TD Bank and Wachovia in the Bronx, and Westchester and Orange Counties among others. (Source

Man pleads guilty in $172,000 gift card scam hitting Target and Walmart stores in Rhode Island  A New York man has pleaded guilty to using counterfeit credit cards to buy more than $172,000 worth of gift cards from Target and Wal-Mart stores in Rhode Island. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Yvener Jean-Baptiste, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence to one count each of credit card fraud and identity theft. The U.S. Attorney's office says Jean-Baptiste admitted he and others bought the cards at stores in Lincoln and Warwick in November. He would sell them to someone in New York, typically for 25 percent of face value. Jean-Baptiste was arrested Nov. 30 after he returned to a Target store in Lincoln. A store employee recognized his car as having been used the previous day by people who bought $75,894.01 worth of gift cards with counterfeit credit cards. (Source

Three indicted following $30k Idaho identity theft spree
Three California residents have been charged with fraudulently obtaining credit cards and using them to purchase merchandise and gift cards during trips to Boise and Twin Falls. They created false identifications using the stolen information but with a photograph of one of the defendants. With that, they applied for credit from Sears, JC Penney, Lowe's, Best Buy and Victoria's Secret stores in the victims' names and were instantly able to purchase items and gift cards, according to the 10-page indictment filed Sept. 9. All of the purchases were made between July 11 and July 24, year after the defendants allegedly began collecting the financial information. The largest take was from Lowe's, where $14,903 worth of merchandise was purchased during seven transactions at stores in Boise and Meridian. Another $4,399 was bought during two trips to a Boise Sears store, along with $4,148 during two trips to JC Penney in Boise, one$1,869 purchase at a Best Buy store in Twin Falls and $1,457 during two trips to a Victoria's Store in Boise. Altogether, the alleged identity thieves made off with $26,776 in merchandise and gift cards. (Source

3 Women Busted for Stealing Hair Extensions, Fighting Store Guard in Columbus, OH  Whitehall police say a trio of beauty bandits have been charged with robbery after making off with hundreds of dollars in expensive hair extensions. Security at the Super Beauty Outlet Store say they tried to stop the women after an employee spotted them shoplifting several packages of 26-inch long hair extensions, valued at $150 each. Police say the women scratched and fought the guards as they tried to block the women from leaving the store Monday. Investigators say the women were spotted at a Speedway gas station. When officers began to follow, they say one of the women tossed the pricey locks out of a passenger window. Detectives say they later spotted the getaway car parked at the Republic Airways, and were able to find the women. Investigators say the 3 are charged with felony robbery. Police say they discovered stolen lingerie and athletic shoes with store sensors still attached stashed in shrubbery outside The Republic Airways hanger a day after the arrests. (Source

Gonzales, LA Police arrest CVS Pharmacy Tech accused of stealing pills and selling them to 'street level dealers'  Police said a pharmacy tech accused of stealing prescription medicatiofrom the pharmacy where she worked and selling them to alleged drug dealers was arrested Tuesday evening. The Gonzales Police Department reported Shantrell Landry, 35, of Convent, was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison on charges of felony theft., distribution of Schedule II CDS and distribution of Schedule IV CDS. Sgt. Steven Nethken said officers were called to the CVS on LA 44 and Airline Highway after a worker conducted an audit and suspected Landry of stealing hydrocodone and Alprazolam pills. It is believed 6,000 hydrocodone and 700 Alprazolam pills were taken. Nethken added Landry admitted to investigators to stealing the meds and reportedly told them she sold the pills to "street level dealers." According to police, she claimed she earned more than $20,000 selling the drugs. (Source

5 charged in tool thefts at Lowe's in Fort Wayne, IN
Five people were charged Tuesday in what investigators say was an ongoing theft ring that targeted local Lowe's stores. The group of friends made several trips to Lowe's Home Improvement stores in Fort Wayne, where they are accused of taking $5,135 in tools from April to June. Fort Wayne police got involved in the case when Lowe's loss prevention officials contacted investigators about a rash of thefts at all three Fort Wayne stores. (Source

4 Women sought by North Coventry, PA Police in Boscov's theft  Township police are investigating a retail theft involving four women at the Coventry Mall over the weekend. Around 8 p.m. Saturday, four women entered the Boscov's at the Coventry Mall and were seen "selecting and concealing merchandise inside the store," according to a release from the North Coventry Police. (Source

2 Richmond, VA women charged in theft of $1200 in items from outlets
On Aug. 18, an employee at True Religion observed a shopper removing a sensor from a pair of jeans, she put the jeans into a bag while her accomplice acted a lookout. One suspect was arrested the other got away. Police located the suspect’s noting that it contained numerous pieces of clothing from various stores, but did not have a value of the items. As a result of the ongoing investigation, one suspect was arrested a second time on Aug. 30. The pair were accused of stealing $800 worth of assorted clothing. Grand larceny and conspiracy charges stem from an incident on Aug. 18 accusing the pair of stealing $378 worth of clothing from Aeropostale. (Source

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