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ORC 11-18-14




Suspects in coast-to-coast diamond theft gang sentenced in Portland federal court; hitting 23 stores in 2 years  A federal judge in Portland sentenced a man and a woman on Monday for their roles in a coast-to-coast ring of grab-and-dash diamond thieves. Ernest Remor, a ringleader of the gang, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. A minor figure in the thefts, Kamile C. Brown, got three years of probation. From late 2009 to the middle of 2011, eight thieves swiped high-value diamonds from 23 jewelry stores from Portland to Vero Beach, Fla. Theirs was a cheeky, high-adrenalin series of crimes with the thieves planning their heists down to the second. The gang once made a getaway on Jet Skis and pulled another heist with a Chihuahua. Members of the gang cased the jewelry stores carefully. They sent one or more members of the gang into the establishments to charm store employees, sometimes posing as lovers looking for an engagement ring. Once inside, they identified high-value diamonds to steal -- and vulnerabilities in security.

Multi-State Credit Card Theft/Fraud Scheme Stopped In Manchester, TN
Manchester Police seized a vehicle and numerous items inside the vehicle related to a credit card theft/fraud scheme. The scheme has been linked to several states and several thousand dollars in merchandise purchased with the stolen cards and identities. Three suspects were attempting to use a fraudulent card at Rite-Aid in Manchester to purchase pre-paid cards. Manchester Police Department officers located the suspects and notified other agencies for their assistance. Agencies involved in the investigation were Manchester Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the United States Secret Service. Charges were filed against; Leroy Destine Jean who had 10 credit cards with 6 being fraudulent, Eddy Jean had 13 cards including 11 fraudulent and Israel Tassy had 18 credit cards with 11 being fraudulent. All three men are from Miami, Florida.

Four Suspects indicted in $720,000 Walmart theft and money laundering investigation Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for four people accused of participating in a large theft and money laundering operation that reached into Wilson County. In May, at the request of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI Special Agents began investigating the operation involving Walmart stores in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama. According to a TBI spokesperson, the Walmart stores in both Lebanon and Mt. Juliet were involved in the case. Investigators believe suspected members of the ring stole merchandise from Walmart stores and, through an elaborate system, converted the value of the merchandise to cash. The store estimates the group has been in operation since at least November of 2012 and stole more than $720,000 in merchandise. On Nov. 5, the Williamson County Grand Jury returned indictments for four individuals, charging each with one count of money laundering, one count of conspiracy to commit theft and one count of theft over $10,000.

Tommy Hilfiger's failure reveals alleged employee thefts in Lake Delton, WI
An investigation into poor sales at a Lake Delton clothing store has led to criminal charges against several employees. According to criminal complaints filed by the Sauk County District Attorney's Office, at least six employees took part in a scam that bilked tens of thousands of dollars from the Tommy Hilfiger store within the Tanger Outlet Mall. The alleged thefts were uncovered when an internal audit specialist with PVH Corporation, the company that owns Tommy Hilfiger, was brought in to investigate poor sales at the store. The specialist told police the store has announced plans to close due to its bad performance. The complaint says the audit specialist uncovered records of 30 store transactions between January and July that included deletions, price overrides and unauthorized discounts. In interviews with the auditor and police, several employees allegedly admitted to the thefts and disclosed the names of others who were involved. The Sauk County District Attorney's Office has filed felony theft charges against 6 former Tommy Hilfiger employees It's unclear exactly how much the alleged thefts totaled. However, one employee, allegedly estimated that the thefts she took part in totaled between $12,000 and $14,000.

Egg Harbor, NJ Police arrest 2 women wanted in connection with baby formula thefts Police nabbed two women they believe are responsible for stealing baby formula from a ShopRite that has been the target of baby formula thefts on six different days in October. Police were able to identify suspects Destiny Parker-Harris, 23, and 27-year-old Tahirah Boucher-Waters, both of Vineland, after posting surveillance photos to Facebook. On Oct. 21, Parker-Harris and Boucher-Waters entered the ShopRite in the English Creek Shopping Center in the Cardiff section of town and each stuffed several containers of baby formula into shoulder bags, according to police.

Six women charged with ORC; $600 make-up and lingerie theft at Walmart in Commerce, TX  Six Commerce residents were arrested on Nov. 13 for allegedly attempting to shoplift $600 worth of makeup and lingerie from the Commerce Walmart. At approximately 3 p.m., Commerce police officers were called out to Walmart. Six women had been detained for attempting to shoplift the property. "Because they acted as a group, and because of the total amount of all the property that was taken, they have all been charged with a felony 3 charge of organized retail theft," Police Chief Kerry Crews said. "All six women were brought to the Commerce Police Department, where they were booked in."

NY man charged with stealing $800 worth of condoms from Rite Aid in Mount Pocono, PA  

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