Buffalo Kmart shoplifting spree leads
to arrest of five ORC suspects in a rented car Friday
morning at 8am.
The five were confronted by security as they
left the store without paying for two high-definition TV
sets, two mobile phones, video games and cosmetics, deputies
ORC team of two busted in a multi-city
and multi-state theft scheme last Tuesday evening that
involves the JCPenney store in Ocala, Florida.
Investigators for the
Gainesville Police Department said the scheme appears to be
a money laundering scam involving counterfeit $100 bills.
And the same scheme was run earlier this fall, too, likely
by the same suspects, police said. JCPenney employees at The
Oaks Mall suspected the two men and a third person had used
counterfeit $100 bills on Tuesday to buy items at JCPenney
stores in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City and two Georgia
cities, then returned the items and received genuine U.S.
currency, effectively trading fake cash for real money. Both
men were charged with scheme to defraud and obtain property
as well as organized dealing in stolen property. McKnight
was additionally charged with unauthorized possession of a
forged driver's license. On Wednesday, investigators were
still looking for a third, unidentified suspect in the case.
Police said the investigation was continuing in conjunction
with investigators in several other locations as well as
with federal officials.