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ORC 10-22-14




Portland, TN., store owner busted for identity theft
The owner of Woodland Furniture stores in White House and Portland is charged with falsifying credit card applications of past customers to receive payment for bogus sales. Brian Lewis, 40, of Portland, has been charged with 13 counts of identity theft, eight counts of forgery and one count of theft over $10,000, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Thief steals 160,000 diapers from Dallas charity that helps homeless children  A Dallas charity that helps homeless children is still smarting two weeks after a thief stole 160,000 diapers from its storage facility. "We have our 25th anniversary Thursday, and then we had this happen," said Jeanne Reyer, executive director for Captain Hope’s Kids. The theft, first reported by Fox 4 News, happened Oct. 8 or 9. Surveillance video caught a man in red shorts making off with a load of diapers at the warehouse in North Dallas. The stolen diapers were worth more than $34,000. Dallas police are still reviewing the footage and no arrest has been made. Reyer was not sure if the charity's insurance would cover the stolen merchandise, but a few others have come to their rescue. "We have had quite a few people that are contacting us," she said. "Kimberly-Clark will replace all the diapers. And Emmitt Smith Realty Partners and the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities are on their way over with diapers." Captain Hope's Kids distributes more than 16,000 diapers a week and works with 44,000 children a year across North Texas.

$30,000 in Cigarettes, Cigars and Chew Stolen in Missoula, MT
Missoula County authorities are searching for tens of thousands of dollars in tobacco products after a reported theft of two pallets from North Park Transportation near the Wye on Monday, October 20. "When showed up to work there was a back door, a north-west door, that was open to one of their shipping platforms," said Missoula County Sheriff's Department Spokeswoman Paige Pavalone. "When they went inside they discovered that two large pallets that were shrink-wrapped were cut open, and there were $30,000 of tobacco merchandise stolen form the building." A variety of products were taken including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and even cigars.

Teens Shoplifted At Walmart As Part Of Gang Initiation; Volusia County, FL Sheriff's Department investigates  16-year-old girl and her 13-year-old sister were caught in a shoplifting incident Monday night that deputies believe was part of a gang initiation process. Charges are pending at this time against the 16-year-old girl after she and her younger sister were found trying to take around $147 in items from the Walmart. When questioned by deputies afterwards, neither girl would talk at first about what happened, but the older girl did admit to owning a handwritten journal that deputies found on her which had a list of items similar to what the girls tried to steal, per the report. VCSO says the deputy asked the older girl if this was a "dare list" made up by friends at her school and she indicated that it was. A "dare list" is usually made up of items that have to be stolen before one can join a gang.

Knife-wielding men steal baby formula from Ultra Foods in Downers Grove, IL
Downers Grove police are investigating the theft of 30 cans of baby formula from Ultra Foods by two men who brandished a knife at employees who tried to stop them from fleeing. One suspect pulled a knife on the manager, then went back into the store and slashed at employees but no one was injured. One man threw several cans of baby formula, striking an employee, before driving away. The formula was valued at nearly $750.

Retail theft suspects sought in York County
A couple is sought after police say they stole from a Home Goods store in Manchester Township. The suspects entered the store located at 351 Loucks Road on October 12. After shopping throughout the store, the black male suspect attempted to purchase a $500.00 gift card with three separate credit cards. All of the cards were denied and the purchase wasn’t completed. While the black male was distracting the clerk, the black female walked out of the store with a cart full of items. The cart and items were recovered stashed in the bushes of a nearby business.

Last of the Grand Rapids, MI Felony Lane Gang operation pleads guilty

ORC 10-22-14
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