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Police seek couple in theft from Leominster, MA BJ's
Police are asking the public for help in identifying a couple who faked an injury in order to steal nearly $1,000 of items from BJ's Wholesale Club last week. On Monday morning, Leominster police put several surveillance photos on Facebook showing a man and woman entering the warehouse store, located at 115 Erdman Way. Police Lt. Michael Goldman said store personnel contacted police last week after an inventory count showed the business was missing two television sets. Goldman said after store employees checked surveillance footage, they saw a woman trip in view of employees who are responsible for checking receipts at the door. "We're alleging that she fake-tripped," Goldman said. While the employee aided her and got her a bandage for her leg, a male suspect left the store with a cart containing two televisions, a set of pots and pans, and other items.

MA duo nabbed after allegedly trying to steal baby formula from Nashua Target store  Nashua police said a couple tried to steal baby formula from the Target store on Amherst Street Sunday afternoon. Daniel Drew, 24, and Aimee McNamara, 21, both of Dracut, were caught minutes after the attempted robbery. Police said at about 2:30 p.m., Drew grabbed a bunch of baby formula at the store but was caught by an employee. Drew threw the employee to the ground and ran outside to the getaway vehicle—a white 2005 Chevrolet van driven by McNamara, police said. Officers caught up to the vehicle a short distance away. Drew was charged with felony-level robbery. McNamara was charged with misdemeanor-level criminal liability. Drew was held on $10,000 bail. McNamara was released on $300 bail.

Maine parking lots fertile ground for identity-theft gang
After speculation in December that a national ring may have been responsible for a series of vehicle break-ins in Freeport and Falmouth, police from Portland to Belfast now believe that theory is more likely and less speculative. A Freeport resident who did not wish to be identified, but whose story was confirmed by several police sources, was one of the individuals whose car was broken into at Foreside Fitness in Falmouth. Days later, she said the thieves used personal information obtained from the car to steal her identity. The victim attributed the robbery to the Felony Lane Gang, a national gang that began in Florida and travels the country. Members break into cars to steal purses and handbags containing credit cards, driver's licenses, and other forms of identification that can be used to fraudulently cash checks. Freeport Police Department Detective Gino Bianchini said there were seven vehicle break-ins at the Freeport YMCA. Several of the victims have said money was stolen from their accounts, although he said identities were not necessarily stolen. He said Freeport police believe the crimes are the work of the Felony Lane Gang.

Taunton woman charged with shoplifting cosmetics tells police she's a makeup addict  A woman told Taunton police that she was a makeup addict when she was caught stealing cosmetics from a local department store, according to a police report. Crystal Bowden, of Hopkins Road, was issued a summons and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at Kohl's in Taunton after allegedly stealing $154 worth of cosmetics. A Taunton police report states that Bowden told responding officers that she was a "make-up holic," after police told her that they were seeking charges. Police first responded to a call for a woman shopping at the 80 Taunton Depot Drive store, leading a man who was thought to be blind by a Kohl's loss prevention officer that was following them. The loss prevention officer followed the two to their home before police arrived, including Raynham police that provided mutual aid to the Taunton Police Department, according to the report. The store's loss prevention officer confronted Bowden outside the store, asking her to come back inside, but she returned the items and refused to go back inside, police said. Bowden was not arrested, but is being issued a summons to appear in court, police said.

Man Arrested for Stealing from Several Florida Wal-Mart's
A man suspected of stealing from several local Wal-Mart stores has been arrested. The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested 26 year-old Reginald Gainer. Deputies approached Gainer at the McDonalds located inside Wal-Mart. The suspect gave deputies fake names, but they had witnesses and pictures from Wal-Mart security cameras of Gainer committing theft. In December, Gainer allegedly returned stolen merchandise for gift cards, along with used receipts from bought items to return additional stolen items for cash. Gainer was charged with two counts of dealing in stolen property.

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