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ORC 12-18-14




Walmart shoplifters fake heart attack; suspects to spend Christmas in jail  Two men may be charged with grand larceny, but it can't be denied they put a lot of heart into getting Christmas presents. Police said that the heart of this shoplifting scam was a fake heart attack. According to authorities, Tarus Scott, wearing a red hat and vest, entered a Florida Walmart with his buddy, Genard Dupree, who had on a light sweatshirt. The two start loading stuff in a cart. "They were going to steal Christmas presents and one of them was a Barbie car," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. They went toward the door, separately. That's where Dupree gently lied down on the floor and started to clutch his chest. Eventually, a shopper noticed and started to look for help. Scott, with the loaded cart, slips out the door. As soon as the cart cleared the store, Dupree recovered. Miracles occur around Christmas. His heart was all better and he strolled out. The two met in the parking lot and take off. Their getaway car was not the pink Barbie car. The fake heart attack caused Walmart to examine their security cam video. They discovered the theft, and the sheriff's department had no trouble identifying the suspects since both had long arrest records. Scott recently had been released from prison after serving 10 years for armed robbery. "So guess what? We wish them a merry Christmas from our county jail," Judd said.

Vigilant Police Officer Nabs Serial Shoplifter, Wanted by Mt. Juliet, TN & Other Agencies  While a Mt. Juliet Police Officer was on patrol today, he noticed a known vehicle used in recent shoplifting thefts from Walmart travelling down Interstate 40. The gold Honda Accord was stopped this afternoon around 12:45 p.m., and the driver was identified as Michael Baucom, 42, of Nashville. Baucom is a known thief from the Metro-Nashville area. On November 6, 2014, Baucom attempted to steal over $1,400 in merchandise from Walmart. A manager spotted him pushing the merchandise under a fence, and the manager was able to prevent the theft. Baucom fled, but a warrant was obtained for his arrest that he was arrested on today. During today's traffic stop, Baucom attempted to deceive the officer by providing a false name. However, the officer already knew who Baucom was. A check for warrants revealed that Baucom was wanted out of Wilson County for the Mt. Juliet Walmart theft and violation of conditional release, Robertson County for one failure to appear on trespassing warrant, and Metro-Davidson County for eight different warrants related to trespassing and theft.

Accused 'Serial Shoplifter' Leads Huntington, WV Police On Chase
Police said it took a chase through downtown Huntington and a stun gun to stop and arrest an accused serial shoplifter near Pullman Square. They said the man targeted at least four stores, stealing clothing, a watch and a handful of other items. Huntington Police said a call from a nearby Starbucks helped them find him. Huntington Police said Eric Harlin Parsley, 23, of Huntington, wanted to get his shopping done without spending a penny. He'd taken a watch and several clothing items, but those thefts weren't what gave him away. Instead, investigators said it was his attempt to steal a $100 coffeemaker from Starbucks.

Suspected Credit Card Thieves Ring Up $8.5K at Target in Rockville, MD
Police are reminding residents to check their credit card statements frequently and take other precautions after two suspected thieves rang up more than $8,500 worth of purchases in eight minutes with stolen credit cards at a Rockville Target store. NBC Washington reports the rightful owner of the credit cards didn’t realize they were missing until she began receiving text alerts about expensive purchases. While at dinner with her husband, the woman received a text message about a costly purchase, followed seconds later by another alert. The victim checked her purse and realized her wallet was gone. Two women shown on Target’s security camera allegedly charged $4,000 to a Visa card, $4,000 to an American Express card and $530.05 to a MasterCard.

Willowbrook, NJ shoplifters used 'booster bags' in $2800 spree
A trio of shoplifters armed with "booster bags" - shopping bags equipped to conceal merchandise from theft alarms - nearly made off with $2,800 worth of items from the Willowbrook Mall. The three New York residents were trailed through the mall Dec. 11 and arrested in the parking lot as they were entering a vehicle, police said. Alyssa M. Roberts, 26, of Montgomery, N.Y., and Stanley Dolan, 35, of Maybrook, N.Y., were each charged with receiving stolen property, possession of an anti-theft shoplifting device and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shawn M. Brown, 29, of Middletown, N.Y., was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of an anti-theft device.

Ringleader, other Volusia Co, FL suspects arrested in mailbox check thefts
The man Volusia County sheriff's investigators identified as the ringleader of a multi-county mail theft and check fraud ring has been arrested, as have three of his cohorts, sheriff's officials said Wednesday. Sean Daniel Drawdy, 36, of South Daytona was pegged as the head of a 15-member ring that has been stealing personal checks from residential mailboxes in Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns and Seminole counties for the last several months.

Mother and daughter arrested for $750 theft at Paris (TX) Towne Center
A mother and daughter have been arrested accused of shoplifting from several Paris stores. Police say Cynthia Layton, 44, of Roxton, and her daughter Shelbey Layton, 22, of Paris, were arrested after employees said they saw them stealing shoes and leaving. Officers recovered items from five different stores in the Paris Towne Center, totaling more than $750 in merchandise. They were both charged with five counts of theft.

Trio charged with stealing from Target in Daytona Beach
Three people were arrested and charged with stealing trying to steal a cart filled with about $700 worth of merchandise from Target, police said. Dyan Turncliff of Daytona Beach, James Sayre of Palm Coast and Theron Greer of DeLand were each charged with grand theft after their arrests Monday, records show. A loss prevention officer said Turncliff, 40, and Sayre, 43, filled a cart with toys, a vacuum, scarves and a purse, left it near the store's entrance and walked out about 1 p.m. Monday, according to a Daytona Beach police report.

Woodbury, MN Police investigate $4,500 in push-up bras stolen from Victoria's Secret  Police were called Nov. 25 to Victoria's Secret, 9020 Hudson Road, for a theft report. One man was witnessed stuffing 80 push-up bras into a bag, while another man served as a lookout. The men left together with the stolen merchandise, valued at $4,500. No suspects.


ORC 12-18-14
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