Brothers accused of burglaries across NJ, Pennsauken break-in nets $203K
Two Pennsylvania brothers are accused of staging sophisticated burglaries at
businesses across New Jersey, including a Pennsauken break-in that netted
$203,000. Jose Medina, 38, of Lancaster and Eliezer Medina, 36, of Ronks
allegedly traveled from Lancaster County to burglarize at least three stores in
New Jersey between November 2013 and August 2014, federal authorities said
Friday. Investigators alleged the brothers or accomplices would typically visit
stores in advance of burglaries, taping over security cameras and putting
magnets on door sensors to disable alarms. They said the burglars, wearing
masks, gloves and hooded clothing, would strike after the business had closed.
The intruders would cut emergency exit doors to enter the store, then used pry
bars and drilling tools to crack the safe. After spending several hours in each
store, the brothers would drive to Pennsylvania or New York, according to a
Police Arrest 22 Gang Members In Hemet, San Jacinto, CA Sweep
Gang sweeps and additional patrols in Hemet and San Jacinto resulted in 22
arrests this week, according to a law enforcement task force. Local, Riverside
County and state law enforcement officers took part in "high-visibility
saturation patrols in areas frequented by gang members," according to a news
release issued by the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force. The officers
also performed parole and probation compliance checks "targeting documented gang
members." Officers arrested 15 men and seven women during the Thursday sweep.
They range in age from 21 to 47 years old, and face charges including possession
of controlled substances, theft and violating probation. Some of the arrests
were on outstanding warrants, the news release indicates. Four of the people
arrested are charged with violating the terms of their early release.
Man, 49, tries return scam at Walmart in Austin, TX with 22-year-old's ID
A 49-year-old man on Saturday used the ID of a 22-year-old while trying to
return an item he had picked off the shelf of a Walmart without purchasing,
according to an arrest warrant. The suspect, Guy Washington, picked out a
$151.42 Graco baby car seat from the Walmart at Interstate 35 and Slaughter Lane
and returned it for a store gift card, the warrant said. The cashier recognized
that Washington, who has two previous theft convictions, was not the 22-year-old
pictured in the ID, and a police officer at the store was alerted.
Ulster, NY Police arrest Kingston man stole nearly $1,600 in electronics, DVDs
from Walmart A Kingston man faces five misdemeanor counts of petit
larceny after Ulster town police said he stole nearly $1,600 worth of
electronics from the Walmart on five separate occasions. Police said Charles R.
Vantassell, 28, was arrested at 7:38 p.m. Saturday after he was observed by
store security placing Xbox game console accessories, Nintendo DS games, a
Nintendo Wii game controller and DVDs valued at more than $795 into his backpack
and leaving the store without paying for the merchandise.
Scotland Yard wages war on 200 cyber crime gangs in London
Scotland Yard is battling more than 200 organized crime groups engaged in cyber
fraud in London, police revealed today. A new Met cyber taskforce is
investigating plots ranging from online dating fraud to mortgage scams involving
million pound properties. Police say they are facing an overwhelming caseload of
around 54,000 reports of cyber fraud in the capital each year - but admit the
crime is still hugely under-reported. Detective Chief Superintendent Jayne
Snelgrove, the head of the Met's new cyber crime and fraud unit codenamed
Falcon, said officers were in the early stages of around 18 investigations.
These ranged from online retail and auction site frauds to courier scams and
investment frauds. So far, the squad - which was launched in October - has made
more than 100 arrests and detectives were targeting a number of organized crime
groups engaged in cyber fraud. Police believe more than 200 gangs from around
the world are targeting London using the Internet, though the figure changes
constantly. DCS Snelgrove says many gangs are operating in different countries
and a number of Falcon's inquiries span the United States, parts of Europe and
Lansdale, PA Police Seek ID of Alleged Credit Card Thieves