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.