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Walmart worker charged with theft in return scheme in Ocala
Chances are you made a return this holiday season. If it was in Marion County, you might have unknowingly been helping one Walmart worker line her pocketbooks. Yezenia Degross, 19, worked in Customer Service at the Walmart on State Road 200 in Marion County up until her arrest this week. She told investigators how her scheme worked. According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office report, she said beginning in late November she was making returns for customers and keeping their receipts. After customers were gone, she'd pull out those receipts and ring up some additional returns, keeping the cash herself. But it turns out the cameras were watching, and deputies say she pocketed more than $5,500.

Best Buy shoplifting suspect charged with theft over $1k in Clarence, NY
Loss prevention officials at Best Buy noticed a woman acting suspiciously, and when they tipped off police, it led to an arrest. New York State Troopers say they got a call from the store in Clarence reporting a woman who made off with three Samsung tablets and two Beats headphones. Troopers eventually started looking into it, and almost a month later they caught up with Chaniece N. Jackson, 30, a Buffalo native who they say evidence was against. They eventually brought her in and charged her with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony.

CVS in Cape May Court House, NJ hit for $1,000 in beauty product; 1 of 3 arrested  An Atlantic City woman has been charged with shoplifting and conspiracy, and Middle Township police have asked the public's help in locating two men believed to be her accomplices. Police Capt. John Edwards said Clarice Bethel, 31, entered the CVS in Cape May Court House with two men at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7. The men fled with about $1,000 in assorted beauty products, police said. "The three entered the CVS, and the female goes to distract the manager while the other two are filling bags," Edwards said. "The men brought the bags into the store under their jackets."

4 charged with passing counterfeit bills at Frazer mall
Frazer police Chief Terry Kuhns said an investigation revealed that the suspects, all of whom are believed to have lived together in the Bronx, spent more than $2,000 worth of bogus cash at upward of 20 stores in the Pittsburgh Mills shopping complex and other areas. Kuhns said the suspects had been in the area using the counterfeit money for two or three days. Police allege that Aguero would supply fake $100 bills to the other three, who would use the bills to buy inexpensive items and collect the real change. Police learned about the scheme around 1 p.m. Saturday when they were contacted by a retail store employee in the Pittsburgh Mills mall who believed to be in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill. Police determined the bill was fake through black light testing and began searching for the suspects based on several retailers' descriptions. Frazer police found the four trying to leave the mall parking lot in a black Dodge Charger about an hour later and pulled the car over. In it, police say, they found merchandise from several of the stores that had reported receiving counterfeit bills and close to $1,000 worth of the fake cash on the occupants themselves.

Baby Formula theft in Menlo Park, CA; 3 Arrested
Three people allegedly stole a large amount of baby formula from a store on the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park on Friday around 12:40 p.m., police said.

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