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ORC 12-1-14




Minneapolis ORC Duo busted hitting Walmart store in Minot, N.D. - $8,000 worth of stolen merchandise found in hotel room  Police say they got a report of a stolen cell phone, leading them to arrest 22-year-old Davonte Derick Nelson and 24-year-old Siearae Jashea Smith. Police used surveillance video to identify the two and later caught them in a traffic stop where some of the stolen goods were found. After the arrest, police found a hotel room key in a squad car. Officers search the room and found more stolen merchandise.

ORC Trio busted stealing hundreds of dollars worth of electronics from Walmart in Ocala, FL., with the intent to sell or refund for cash  Authorities said the three planned either to sell the stolen merchandise or to return it for cash - and they explained they had stolen the items because they're unemployed. Two of the three arrested, Heather Lee Sauers, 25, and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Eric D. Slaughter, have four children between them, and two of the children were with them when deputies said Slaughter was caught stealing the first time on Thursday. The other two children were with them when they were caught on Friday.

Female ORC thief busted hitting multiple stores in Delta TWP, MI.
Eaton County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 35-year-old Mason woman on Friday in connection with the theft of about $3,225 in merchandise from a Delta Township business. Deputies said the suspect had stolen an unknown amount of merchandise from the store earlier last week and was caught leaving with a second cart of items on Friday. After arresting the woman outside the store, deputies found about $1,400 in additional merchandise stolen from another Delta Township business in the suspect's car. She is being held in the Eaton County jail for suspected felony retail fraud. The suspect has a long history of retail frauds and is currently on probation for felony retail fraud, deputies said.

ORC duo arrested after viewer tips lead to hotel - Hitting 10 Macy's stores & 1 Nordstrom in West Valley City, Utah  Police in West Valley City have caught two alleged serial shoplifters, thanks in part to tips from viewers. Police say tips led them to a hotel, but once officers got there, they found that the two had already left. But the suspects, Daniel Craig Edwards and Jennifer Allyce Hatch, were found at the Gateway Motel about a half mile away and arrested. Edwards and Hatch allegedly stole from at least 11 retail stores in malls around the valley, hitting ten Macy's stores and one Nordstrom. "Right now they're estimating somewhere between seven and nine thousand dollars in merchandise that they were able to steal," said West Valley City Police Lt. Dalan Taylor. "They're stealing high end clothing, and purses seemed to be what they were going after."

Miami Man Arrested With Counterfeit Credit Cards; "potential loss of $170,000"
The cards contained information obtained from a skimming device. A Miami man is behind bars after police discovered multiple counterfeit credit cards during a traffic stop. Lee County Sheriff's deputies pulled over 29-year-old Leon Marcel Atkinson on I-75 in Fort Myers for speeding on Monday, November 24th. Officers detected the smell of marijuana and searched the vehicle. A number of credit cards and gift cards were found scattered throughout the car. Police checked the authenticity of the cards and determined them to be counterfeit and cloned. The cards contained information obtained from a skimming device. Detectives said the cloned cards had an approximate potential loss value of $170,000, had they been used as intended. Atkinson was arrested and transported to the Lee County Jail. He faces a number of charges, including 17 counts of possession of cloned credit cards and one count of trafficking in cloned credit cards.

Baby formula on black markets results in Mill Creek, WA arrests: nearly $40,000 in 18 months  She was cautious and always paid in cash, the informant told detectives. She knew where he lived, but he had no idea where she made her home. He didn't even know her name. He'd simply call her the "The Formula Lady." In the beginning, they would meet in parking lots at night. Money for powder. That was the deal. The product wasn't drugs, but it was plenty lucrative on the black market. Police allege the man was hawking stolen baby formula and she was his fence. By the informant's calculation, he sold her between $35,000 and $40,000 worth in less than 18 months. Other suppliers, detectives believe, also were dealing to the 46-year-old Mill Creek woman who, according to police and assessor's office records, drives a black Lexus SUV and lives in a four-bedroom house in an upscale suburban neighborhood.

State College, PA man accused of retail theft from Wal-Mart; UPC switch on $2,200 of merchandise  A State College man is being held on $30,000 bail, charged with retail theft from Wal-Mart. According to State College police, Luke Marshall, 31, was arrested at the College Township Wal-Mart for opening packing boxes and attempting to alter UPC codes. The amount of merchandise altered came to about $2,200. Marshall is facing one charge of criminal mischief and two charges of retail theft, according to district court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Crime Stoppers teams with Ulta Beauty with cash reward in ORC case
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to catch two suspected cologne crooks, wanted for stealing $1,800 worth of fragrances from a Columbus, OH cosmetics store. Police say an unidentified man and woman entered the Ulta Beauty supply store at Easton market on July 17, and quietly stuffed boxes of perfume and cologne inside large purses. "They really don't seem to care if people are in the aisle or not," said Columbus Police Detective Regina Dudley with Crime Stoppers. The culprits were caught in camera for more than 10 minutes quietly filling their bags with loot while staff and customers were just a few feet away. The Columbus store is not the only Ulta location targeted by crooks. We've discovered the cosmetics chain has had similar crimes in Michigan, North Carolina, and Indiana, leading police to believe a theft ring could be responsible.

Deputies thwart $3K theft at Delta Twp, MI store

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