Ex-Phoenix Suns player pleads guilty to theft
Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas has pleaded guilty to two counts of
theft after being accused of stealing merchandise from an exchange store.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 45-year-old Dumas entered his plea Thursday.
He's scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20. Authorities say Dumas stole about $800
worth of merchandise from the Luke Air Force Base's exchange store while working
with a janitorial service in 2012. They say Dumas was seen on surveillance
cameras taking cigarettes, alcohol, food, DVDs and shoes. Dumas originally
pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges of organized retail theft. He later
reached a plea agreement. Dumas played for the Suns from 1992 to 1995 and helped
the team reach the NBA Finals in 1993. He was waived by the team after missing a
Police say man stole 24 tablets from Raleigh Target store in one week
In one week, police charged, a man was able to take 24 tablet computers from a
Target store in order to sell them for $50 apiece. After officers arrested
Jeremy Michael Rollins, 28, of 425 Orange St. in Henderson on Thursday evening
at the store at 7900 Old Wake Forest Road, they charged him with organized
retail theft and larceny by defeating anti-theft devices as well as misdemeanor
larceny and possession of stolen property. Rollins told them, police said in an
arrest warrant, that over the course of seven days he had taken 19 8-inch RCA
tablets and five nabi-brand children’s tablets, with the collection valued at
almost $3,200. The computers, police said, were being sold to a business in
Henderson that would pay Rollins $50 each. They did not identify the business.
Rollins was held in lieu of $12,000 bail for a Friday court appearance.
Thieves use Blow Torch to snatch iPads from Torrington, CT Target
The search is on for whoever used a blow torch to steal iPads from a Target
store in Torrington. Police said they responded to an alarm at the East Main
Street store on Wednesday around 4:30 a.m. They said they found that a rear
overhead door was cut with a torch, which was recovered at the scene along with
some merchandise. A number of iPads were taken from the store. Police said they
did not have a dollar amount of how much they are worth. Detectives said they
are working with Target security to identify the suspects. They suspects fled in
a dark-colored, four-door sedan.
Milton-Freewater, OR man accused of a multiple of thefts totaling over $7,200
from Walmart An Oregon man is facing a felony charge for a series of
thefts from the College Place Walmart last summer. David Jesse Goertzen, Jr.
made his first appearance today in Walla Walla Superior Court for first-degree
organized retail theft. Bail was set at $20,000 with a condition that he waive
extradition from Oregon before his release if he posts bond. According to a
probable cause statement filed by College Place Police Det. Roger Maidment,
Goertzen is alleged to have taken more than $7,200 worth of merchandise from the
store on eight occasions between June 9 and Aug. 25. Goertzen was arrested by
Milton-Freewater Police on Dec. 4 for investigation of third-degree robbery and
third-degree theft. He was being held in Umatilla County Jail when he was served
with a warrant for his arrest on the charge filed against him in Walla Walla
Quincy, IL Woman arrested twice in same day for shoplifting
Quincy police say they arrested the same woman twice Wednesday for shoplifting
from two different stores. Police say Kathleen Carter, 53, of Milton, Illinois,
was stopped by Walmart Loss Prevention around 11:30 a.m. because she tried to
walk out of the store with $800 of unpaid merchandise in her cart. Carter was
arrested and charged with Felony Retail Theft Over $300 and was released on a
Notice to Appear bond. Police then took Carter back to Walmart to get her car.
Carter was arrested again after police say she tried to steal about $70 worth of
merchandise from Kmart just before 4 p.m. the same day. She was charged with
Retail Theft Under $300. Carter was processed and released after posting bond.
SoCal Mail Thefts Linked to Organized Crime
U.S. postal inspectors are warning people around Southern California about an
increase in mail thefts this holiday season. They've seen a spike in thefts in
Studio City, Toluca Lake, Hollywood and Long Beach. In some cases, the thieves
are likely linked to organized crime, authorities say. "Organizations that are
doing it now are those old gangs that have been around for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50
years," said an inspector, who requested anonymity because of ongoing undercover
investigations. "They've just found a new way to make money."