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Brooklyn man stopped from making up to $500,000 in fraudulent purchases at Alabama Target stores  Gardendale Police Edward Earl Jones, 30, of Brooklyn, was charged Tuesday with five counts of identity theft along with credit card fraud, trafficking in stolen identities and theft of property, Gardendale Police said. It wasn't in the cards. A Brooklyn man with 39 fake credit cards worth $500,000 was stopped by Alabama police after he rang up just $9,000 in fraudulent purchases, police allege. Edward Earl Jones, 30, is being held on $620,000 bond at the Jefferson County Jail after being charged Tuesday with five counts of identity theft along with credit card fraud, trafficking in stolen identities and theft of property. Jones, who booked a three-day trip from New York to Birmingham on Saturday, had a collection of credit and debit cards from accounts stolen from Regions Bank customers in Alabama. "He had the ability to make over a half million dollars,'' Gardendale police Det. Chris Clark said. "It just got stopped before he could get that far." Jones started swiping the fake cards Sunday, moving from one big-box Target store to the next. (Source

Twelve suspects from Georgia arrested on credit card fraud in Idaho  Boise Police have arrested 12 people after officers uncovered a massive stolen credit card ring. The suspects are accused of using the stolen account numbers to try and buy gift cards from local retailers. Detectives believe the suspects all traveled to Boise from Georgia to commit the crime, then planned to sell the gift cards and pocket the cash. "We all pay higher prices and fees because stores and banks need to cover their losses from these types of crimes," said Detective Wade Spain with the Boise Police Financial Crimes Unit. "We have to thank some alert local store employees for realizing the gift card purchases were suspicious and calling police. After that, a lot of officers worked this investigation and arrested these people who we believe came here for the purpose of committing crime." said Det. Spain. (Source

Oklahoma ORC Suspect linked to at least $30,000 in stolen merchandise  Police said they have linked a man accused of a theft at Walmart to least a dozen other cases. David Ray Bowman has been in jail for the last month and his list of charges is now more than two pages long. Police said he was part of a three-man theft ring that is responsible for stealing more than $30,000 in merchandise from area stores. Surveillance footage shows Bowman walking out of a store with Dyson vacuums. Police said they are still trying to identify the man shown with that they believe was an accomplice. Police said Bowman is also responsible for stealing power tools from Lowe's in Bixby. Tulsa police larceny investigators said the group would sell stolen vacuums, power tools, electronics and jewelry to eight or 10 different pawn shops. (Source

Couple in $10K Safeway theft operation arraigned in Oregon  A grand jury has indicted two people on allegations they participated in an organized retail theft operation, stealing close to $10,000 from local Safeway stores. Grant William Arnold and Megan Christine Gomes both entered not-guilty pleas in Multnomah County Circuit Court Monday and were arraigned on the 12 count indictment. The joint investigation between Safeway Loss Prevention and the Gresham Police Department started earlier this year, police said. Gresham Police Detective Brandon Crate said Gomes and Arnold were taking personal hygiene products and other small, but expensive items that could be easily hidden. Some of the stolen items recovered include teeth whitening strips, electronic toothbrush heads, vitamins, and Rogaine. (Source

Memphis man connected to multiple Target electronic burglaries arrested by police  Memphis police caught a man who they say was involved with the theft of the Beats by Dre headphones and Beats speakers from the East Memphis Target on Colonial Road. The suspect was found after he reported his car as stolen because investigators found the report suspicious. After searching his phone, police found pictures of the stolen headphones from the East Memphis Target. Police say he was possibly connected to a similar burglary at the Target on Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240. Suspects reportedly stole 19 boxes of headphones and Beats speakers from the Target on Colonial Road. The headphones are valued at about $5,860. Police say the suspects then loaded the merchandise into three bags. According to reports, a box of headphones and two boxes of speakers were dropped at the registers. The suspects were seen on video knocking over two cash registers as they were leaving and stole $300 in cash, according to police. (Source

Glassboro, NJ Police arrest man for shoplifting baby formula 2 times in 3 days

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