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ORC 10-31-14




FBI Seeks Public's Help Identifying Two Unidentified
Jewelry Store Robbers

$10,000 Reward for Information Leading to Identification, Arrest & Conviction

Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office, Sheriff Larry Stelma of the Kent County Sheriff's Department, and Chief Michael Patton of the West Bloomfield Police Department announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of two unidentified suspects for their involvement in the April 22, 2014, armed robberies of Medawar Jewelers in Grand Rapids, MI, and Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield, MI. David Briley, Shaheed Calhoun, Orlando Johnson and Nathaniel Pembrook, all from Philadelphia, have been arrested and are in custody for the robberies. TWO SUSPECTS ARE STILL AT LARGE, AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT THEY ARE ALSO FROM THE PHILADELPHIA AREA.

On April 22, 2014, Briley, Calhoun, Johnson, Pembrook and two unidentified suspects robbed Medawar Jewelers located on Plainfield Ave. in Grand Rapids, and a few hours later, Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry located on Orchard Lake in West Bloomfield. In both robberies, the perpetrators entered the stores during business hours with their faces covered or partially covered, and brandished a firearm while ordering employees and customers to the floor. During the Medawar Jewelers robbery, Pembrook was shot in the arm by one of the store owners. Blood recovered from the scene was DNA tested and determined to be a match for Pembrook.

Woman, 2 teens arrested after string of clothing store thefts in Winnipeg, CA
A 21-year-old woman and two girls, aged 16 and 17, are facing numerous charges after several clothing stores were robbed in Winnipeg. The three were arrested on Tuesday after allegedly stealing $1,300 worth of merchandise from a clothing store. When confronted by staff, one of the suspects pulled out a weapon and threatened the employee. All three then ran from the store, police said. They were arrested the following day. They hit 7 stores from August 27th to October 27th.

Once notorious ORC Ring - 'Get Money Team': What's happened to them?  They called themselves the Get Money Team. A group of Indianapolis women once became the center of a months-long police investigation on organized retail theft or boosting, which authorities said, was a gateway crime to more serious offenses. Police said the Get Money Team was a notorious crime ring that stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Indianapolis-area malls and sold them to their own customers, usually by advertising on social media. It has been almost a year ago this month since these seven women were charged. Except for one member, whose charges have been dismissed, all have reached plea deals, which called for lighter sentences and dismissal of some of their charges. McGraw was sentenced last May to one year in community corrections and two years of probation, court records show. She also was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service work. Perry was sentenced earlier this month to two and a half years in prison, six months of home detention and one year of probation, court records show. She also was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service work. She is serving time at the Indiana Women's Prison. McGill was sentenced to 18 months in prison,18 months of home detention and one year of probation, court records show. She was sentenced last month and is serving time at Rockville Correctional Facility. Porter was sentenced last July to two years of home detention, court records show. She also is required to attend anger management and parenting classes. Matthews was sentenced Wednesday to one year in community corrections, followed by two years of probation. She will get credit for the nearly one year she spent in jail. She also is required to complete 40 hours of community service work, and to take theft classes by the National Corrective Training Institute.

Rochelle Park, Lyndhurst Police charge 2 East Coast diversion crew members in $6,000 theft of GoPro cameras  Thanks to a fingerprint, authorities have charged two alleged members of a diversion theft crew with taking $6,000 worth of GoPro cameras from stores in Rochelle Park and Lyndhurst on the same day this past June. Nestor Martinez, 25, and Kevin Rodriguez, 23, both of Queens, were being held in the Essex County Jail following a roundup by New Jersey State Police last weekend. Both are part of theft ring that's worked up and down the East Coast.

Inglewood, CA gang member "El Dog" gets 57 months in prison for running identity theft ring  An Inglewood gang member was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in federal prison for running an identity theft ring that victimized scores of people and merchants in three states, resulting in about $1 million in financial losses. Lancelot Joshua Wilburn, who used the moniker "El Dog," also was ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution. Wilburn, a 33-year-old member of the Queen Street Bloods street gang, pleaded guilty in June to possessing counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, possessing device-making equipment, using counterfeit access devices and aggravated identity theft. From January 2011 to May 2012, Wilburn used stolen account numbers, counterfeit credit cards, and fake drivers' licenses to rent cars and purchase luxury items in California, Nevada and Kansas, prosecutors said. Wilburn and others converted the stolen goods into cash by exchanging fraudulently purchased items for other luxury items, gift cards and cash refunds.

Prison for Tallmadge, OH woman who stole $12,000 in baby formula  
A Tallmadge woman who stole more than $12,000 worth of powdered baby formula from two different Walmart stores in Portage County has been sentenced to six months in the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. Stacy A. Smith, 25, pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 24, to three counts of theft, one fourth-degree felony and two fifth-degree felonies, and was immediately sentenced to six months in prison on each charge. The sentences will run concurrent to each other, but consecutive to a two-year prison sentence imposed on Smith by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jane Davis in September. That prison term resulted from Smith's guilty plea to a charge of robbery, a second-degree felony, in May. Smith stole 194 containers of Similac baby formula, worth more than $3,200, from the Brimfield Walmart on Sept. 24, 2013. On Oct. 7, 2013, Smith returned to the store and stole 77 additional containers of formula, worth $1,176. Exactly a week later, in a third incident, she stole 474 more containers of formula, worth more than $7,900, from the Streetsboro Walmart. In all three cases, one or more children assisted Smith in committing the thefts, according to Brimfield and Streetsboro police.

McDonald's employee in Roswell, GA stole customers' credit information
Roswell police have charged a fast food worker after they say she stole customer's credit card information. Lauren Bass told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik she gave Preshauna Thomas her credit card Tuesday after placing her order at the drive-through of the McDonald's on Holcomb Bridge Road. "She skimmed my card," said Bass. "I saw her slide it through the slide on the side of the screen, and then I saw her pull something out of her apron or pocket, and she slid my card through it." Police told Petchenik they recovered a skimming device on Thomas and charged her with identity theft. "We are looking to find out how long she's been working at that establishment, what other businesses she worked at," said Roswell Police Officer Lisa Holland.

ORC 10-31-14
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