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ORC 10-24-14




Organized Southern California cargo-theft 'cartel' busted for $1.5M in Sumner, Wash.  Detectives recovered $1.5 million worth of stolen laptops, TVs, refrigerators and more believed to have been stolen by an organized Southern California cargo-theft cartel back in August. According to the PATROL Auto Theft Task Force, the suspects used semi-tractors to steal five cargo trailers loaded with high-value items Aug. 21. They reportedly would have stolen four more cargo trailers if one of the suspects hadn't crashed a truck, blocking their exit. After weeks of investigation, PATROL detectives served search warrants on two storage facilities and a warehouse earlier this month, finding many of the stolen items. The recovered items included: ●1,169 large-screen TVs ●1,272 laptops ●124 refrigerators. According to PATROL, detectives arrested one suspect while serving the search warrants. They believe he is the leader of the cartel, the rest of which is believed to be in Southern California or Mexico.

Multi-state ORC theft ring identified in New England
Cranston police arrested three men at a department store in Garfield Plaza Wednesday that they identified as suspects in a "ring of shoplifters targeting the New England area." According to a news release from the police department, Detective Paul Bessette also found "additional stolen items from an earlier shoplifting in Seekonk," Mass., in a stolen vehicle allegedly being used by the three. The news release said that "at least two of these suspects have been involved in numerous unsolved shopliftings with occurrences RI, MA, and NH and are suspected of stealing over $20,000 in store merchandise." The police called Akins the main suspect in these crimes, adding that he is known to disguise himself as a female named "Tatiana." The police said he has four warrants on larceny charges out of Massachusetts. As a result of the investigation, Cranston Police say its detectives were able to clear 11 incidents of shoplifting throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as recover over $2,600 in stolen merchandise. Akins, Elder and Reyes are facing various felony and misdemeanor charges for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, shoplifting, receiving stolen goods and conspiracy.

Suspects in Marietta ORC ring arrested
Two Marietta men who were allegedly part of a shoplifting crime spree in that Cobb County city have been arrested. Investigators discovered Christopher T. Higgins and John D. Stiltz were responsible for multiple shoplifting incidents at Walmart and Target stores on Cobb Parkway and then pawning the stolen items at local pawn shops, Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin said Thursday. The investigation is expanding and further charges are pending.

Statewide counterfeit credit card ring busted in PA
The Attorney General's Office busts a counterfeit credit card ring that used dozens of counterfeit cards with matching driver's licenses to make purchases and cash advances at banks across the state. The investigation, led by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigations, revealed the alleged theft of tens of thousands of dollars and purchases made with stolen bank account data used to make counterfeit credit cards. Lovell "Vell" Davis III (aka Lovell Bronson), who was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, allegedly ran the counterfeit credit card ring and recruited associates including Cecelia Robinson, 31, 8815 S. Halsted Ave., Chicago, Illinois, who is at large. Davis allegedly "hired" Robinson and Latoya Jemerson (currently incarcerated in the Allegheny County Prison) to make cash advances using the credit cards he manufactured from banks in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh for $1,000 to $1,500 at a time. For their role, Davis allegedly let Robinson and Jemerson pocket 30 percent of the daily proceeds from the cash advances.

Four Romanians busted in the UK for series of high-end raids at retail parks across Midlands  The gang's vehicle was picked up by officers on the M5 at junction 1 yesterday. Police on-board Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras suggested the car was linked to organised shoplifting. Officers followed the gang into a car-park in Birmingham Road, Oldbury, before arresting all the occupants - men aged 21, 24 and 30, plus a 22-year-old woman - on suspicion of theft. The group are being held in police custody, accused of stealing clothing from a Northampton store. The arrests were made as part of Operation Trivium, which aims to help officers tackle foreign criminals in the Midlands.

ORC duo busted using fake $100's at Boca mall Bloomingdales & returning merchandise - $5,000 fake found - 2nd bust  A woman arrested months ago in a counterfeit-money case is again behind bars, accused this time of trying to make purchases at a Boca mall with some of the $5,000 in fake money she had, authorities say. The latest incident happened at the Town Center at Boca Raton mall on Wednesday, when Mariana Ortiz was stopped while trying to use six counterfeit $100 bills to buy handbags from Bloomingdale's, according to an arrest report. Police found 44 suspicious-looking $100 bills in an envelope in her purse. Including the bills that she tried to spend, police found a total of $5,000 in counterfeit money. Detectives checked Bloomingdale's records to find Ortiz had also bought $1,500 worth of goods using the suspicious money on Oct. 16, police said. Her prior arrest happened in June, records show. In that incident, Ortiz and her boyfriend were at a money center at a West Palm Beach Wal-Mart, authorities said. The boyfriend tried to pass $1,000 in fake $100 bills to send back to Peru, and 40 fake $100 bills were found between the pair, deputies said.

Allen Co, IN Sheriff investigating $2000 Credit card fraud; hit Toys R Us, Ultra and Meijers  Allen County police are again enlisting the public's help in identifying someone accused of using a stolen credit card. The sheriff's department said the suspect bought more than $2,000 worth of merchandise with the stolen card. The person has used the card at several Fort Wayne businesses, including Ulta, Meijer and Toys R Us, police say.

Woman charged in theft of $1,230 worth of baby formula from Weis in Thurmont, MD  

ORC 10-24-14
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