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Three busted in multi-state retail fraud scheme  Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies have arrested three Oklahoma City men believed to be involved in a multi-state retail fraud scheme. Investigators believe 23-year-old James Toles, 23-year-old Robert Schnitker and 22-year-old Andre Chaney Jr. were forging receipts and altering tags on stolen goods so they could return the items for cash. Deputies also reportedly found a handheld scanner commonly used in retail stores, apparently fraudulent Wal-Mart receipts, a thermal printer loaded with a blank roll of Wal-Mart receipts, a laptop, a lock pick, a demagnetizer device used to deactivate security tags on merchandise, and a power inverter. The sheriff's office said the vehicle was loaded with brand new electronics, clothing and rifle sights. Investigators are seeking additional businesses that may have been victimized. Wal-Mart and the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking task force are assisting with the investigation. (Source
Two ORC gang members busted in McAllen, TX. believed to be part of larger ring  Two suspects, who are believed to be part of a shoplifting ring, have been arrested by McAllen police. According to police, Dilan Ravelo-Flores and Sonia Mireles were taken into custody in connection to at least two incidents where both were seen selecting a large amount of clothing items and quickly leaving a store on the 2100 block of south 10th street without paying for them. Ravelo-Flores was charged with two counts of theft and issued a $50,000 bond. As for Sonia Mireles, she faces one count of theft and two counts of organized retail theft, along with a $50,000 bond. Police say, the investigation is ongoing and other suspects and charges are pending. (Source

Mother-Son ORC team busted selling stolen TV's & computers to pawn shops in Casper and Cheyenne after hitting Walmart stores  A Casper woman and her son are accused of stealing computers and TVs from Wal-Mart and selling them to pawn shops in Casper and Cheyenne, according to a Casper police report. Authorities say Kathy Sciole, 54, and Matthew Sciole, 25, stole electronics from both Casper Wal-Marts on multiple occasions in August and September. When questioned by police, Matthew said the two started shoplifting in August after he was released from jail in Laramie County, the report states. He said he and his mother stole the electronics and sold them for money to buy cocaine and heroin. (Source

Pineville, LA pair accused in $15,000 shoplifting ring
Two Pineville residents are being accused of pawning items allegedly stolen from stores across the state, and more arrests are expected. Jake Joseph Chimento Jr. and Cindy Kay Brooks were identified as suspects after Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office detectives open an investigation on Sept. 19 into a shoplifting ring that hit mainly Walmarts across Louisiana, but also included Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware and Academy Sporting Goods. So far, it's estimated that more than $15,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen from stores. On Friday, detectives searched a search warrant at the pair's home and found several thousand dollars worth of merchandise, ranging from power tools to computers - and even a 4-foot-tall swimming pool. (Source

Charges Brought against a Ferguson, MO man in $30,000 Kmart Jewelry Theft
Wednesday filed charges against a Ferguson man in connection with the Sept. 30 robbery of a Kmart store, 3901 Lemay Ferry Road. Duianete Moore, was charged with stealing over $25,000, resisting arrest, and one count of assault on a police officer. Police report that Moore was observed by store security prying open jewelry display cases with a screw driver and removing items. Total value of the items stolen was over $30,400. After Moore started his vehicle, Schellman reports that an officer used his Taser, but with no effect. A second officer entered the vehicle from the passenger side, as Moore began driving north across the parking lot. Kneeling on the passenger seat, the officer used his Taser on Moore, "which again had little effect in stopping the suspect." "Fearing for his safety if the encounter was to go on any longer, the officer then retrieved his department-issued firearm and yelled for Moore to stop," Schellman said. "Moore reached for the officer's firearm, at which time the officer fired one shot, which grazed Moore in the right leg." (Source

Lincolnton, NC Police Investigate $1900 ORC Theft in multiple Wal-Marts  Lincolnton Police are investigating an organized retail theft at the Wal-Mart store on North General's Boulevard in Lincolnton. On Thursday, September 25, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Lincolnton Police Sgt. Spencer Summers responded to a larceny call at Wal-Mart. Sgt. Summers spoke with management and Loss Prevention personnel at Wal-Mart who said that two white males entered the store and stole razor blades and dental accessories valued at nearly $1,900. The incident occurred the previous evening between seven and 7:45. An investigation determined that the same two subjects were responsible for a similar crime at a Wal-Mart in Charlotte. (Source

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Best Buy /Samsung employee in Kennewick, WA accused of stealing $5500 in electronics 

Naples, FL man in wheelchair asked to be wheeled out of Kmart with stolen TV

ORC 10-3-14
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