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ORC 10-23-14




Home Depot employee in Lansing, IL allegedly stole $63K
Lansing woman has been charged with felony theft after stealing about $63,000 over two years from the Home Depot store in Orland Park where she worked, according to Orland Park police. They said Kiana Gaddis, 31, engaged in a scheme to issue phony returns while employed at the store, at 7300 W. 159th St., between November 2012 and Sept. 18. As a special services clerk, Gaddis had the authority to issue returns, police said. A store investigation determined that Gaddis conducted 33 fake transactions on high-priced items and placed the refunded money into her private checking account using two different debit cards, police reported, adding that she confessed to the crime when questioned.

3 Suspects in a Marshall's Refund Scam in Pittsburgh, PA heading to court
Three of eight men accused of retail theft were in court for a hearing Tuesday. Cranberry Police said the men were caught on surveillance camera stealing merchandise at Marshalls stores in three different counties over a period of three months. Police said they would return stolen items and get gift cards from the store. They would then sell the gift cards at a discounted rate online. "They usually get the cash to buy drugs," said Chuck Mascellino of Cranberry Township police. Police said the men stole almost $6,000 from the stores.

North Tonawanda, NY woman imprisoned in $38,000 credit card scam
A North Tonawanda woman was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Wednesday to two months in prison and make $38,512.78 in restitution payments to the Capital One Bank for her bank fraud conviction linked to falsely obtained credit cards. Her and a co-defendant used the card to buy merchandise and gift cards at stores throughout Western New York.

Mom Accused of Abandoning Child at H.E. B. now facing $1,500 baby formula theft at Walmart  The woman accused of abandoning her baby at a local H.E.B. after being caught shoplifting is in more trouble today. Ashlee Castillo was hit with another Theft charge this afternoon. According to prosecutors, Castillo was caught shoplifting baby formula on ten different occasions from a local Walmart. The incidents happened between late January and mid-March of this year. She's believed to have stolen more than $1,500 worth of baby formula from the store. During a hearing today, Castillo entered a not guilty plea. You'll recall, Castillo is already facing a Child Abandonment charge after police say she left her baby at the H.E.B. Plus on Saratoga. An employee said Castillo ran off without her child after they confronted her about stealing baby formula. A 6 News investigation later uncovered Castillo was selling baby formula online.

Two indicted in a $12 Greeting card theft, facing 3 to 7 years
Two city residents were indicted last week on charges alleging organized retail crime enterprise, after allegedly stealing about $12 worth of greeting cards from Walmart. William York, 29, and Suzanne Anderson, 47, allegedly engaged in a for-profit scheme when they conspired to steal the greeting cards on July 14, according to grand jury indictments issued at Strafford County Superior Court last week. Both Anderson and York are facing the charge of organized retail crime enterprise, a Class B felony that carries a maximum sentence of 3½ to 7 years in prison if they are convicted. In July, police said that after York stole about $12 in greeting cards, he returned to the store and exchanged the cards for cash, using a receipt that Anderson had found on the ground earlier.

ORC 10-23-14
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