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One arrested in CVS $85,000 ORC Investigation; focused on high-end cosmetics, multiple jurisdictions  Since September, Pennsylvania authorities have been on alert for a group of thieves targeting CVS pharmacies in multiple states, allegedly stealing at least $85,000 worth of merchandise - mostly high-end cosmetics. On Monday, Jan. 12, the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department responded to the CVS in the 1500 block of Paoli Pike after receiving information that two suspects were in the area; one was subsequently taken into custody, a department press release said. As officers arrived at the scene, they saw one of the men entering the suspects' vehicle. As officers approached, the subject drove out of the parking lot onto Boot Road. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect's vehicle struck one of the police vehicles and a pursuit ensued, the release said. The pursuit proceeded through various jurisdictions and involved members of several police departments, including East Whiteland, Willistown, West Chester, West Goshen, and Tredyffrin. The chase ended when the subject traveled up Saratoga Drive, a cul-de-sac in East Goshen Township, and onto the property of a private residence. Elijah Beckham, 28, whose last known address was Middletown, Del., was taken into custody without further incident, the release said. Further investigation at the CVS store indicated that the other suspect had been inside the store prior to police arrival and fled on foot. Police said evidence at the scene indicated the two men had been in the process of committing another retail theft before fleeing, leaving behind $2,900 worth of items. A search of the area for the second suspect with the assistance of K-9s from the Chester County Sheriff's Department came up empty, the release said. Police said the pair is part of a group responsible for stealing at least $85,000 worth of merchandise from CVS stores since September in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. During one theft, a CVS employee was assaulted; the suspect who was not apprehended should be considered potentially armed and dangerous, the release said.

Four Chicago North Side cell phone stores burglarized
Police are investigating four recent burglaries at North Side cellphone stores. In each case, the burglar or burglars throws a brick through the front window or pries open the rear door to get in, police said. Cash and other merchandise has been taken. The first burglary happened in the 2200 block of North Elston about 1 a.m. Dec. 16, Area North detectives said in an alert. Two more burglaries happened in the 1800 block of West Webster, both in the early morning hours of Jan. 10, police said. A store in the 2200 block of North Elston was also robbed the morning of Jan. 10. Business owners should make sure stores have a working video surveillance system and a burglar alarm, police said.

'Sorry' Chicago Woman and 2 Accomplices Stole More Than $2K in Clothes From Orland Park Macy's  A sorrowful Chicago woman repeatedly apologized for stealing more than $2,000 worth of clothes from the Orland Park Macy's police said. Yue Huang, 34, wasn't alone in the heist, police said. She was helped by two other Chicago women-Caichang Li, 57, and Shunai Li, 55. All three were charged with felony retail theft. A Macy's security guard spotted the three women taking "numerous items of clothing and jackets," and leaving the store without paying for any of it, police said.

2 South Carolina women charged in $1,100 Walmart theft  Two South Carolina women have been charged with stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Walmart Supercenter across the state line in Rockingham. According to arrest warrants, Rockingham police recently arrested Davion Raheem Williams, 23, of Bishopville, South Carolina, on charges stemming from a Dec. 6 incident. Williams, arrested Dec. 31, is accused of conspiring with Ratisha Lachelle McDaniel, 20, of Hartsville, South Carolina, to steal from the Rockingham Walmart. McDaniel was arrested the day of the incident. Warrants state that both McDaniel and Williams ran away as Cpl. Cheyenne Revels was pulling up to investigate a larceny at the 720 W. U.S. 74 Business discount store. The pair allegedly stole bicycles, Razor scooters, comforter sets, an iPhone 4 case and Disney toys with a total value of $1,128.81. Another suspect is named as a conspirator in the arrest warrant for Williams, but that individual has not yet been arrested.

Madison, WI Shoplifting suspect arrested, allegedly took $1000 worth of jeans from The Buckle  A Madison woman who allegedly helped steal nine pairs of jeans a week ago was arrested Monday after being spotted in West Towne Mall, police reported. Akayja Retelle, 18, was tentatively charged with felony retail theft and bail jumping, Madison police said in a news release. According to police: Retelle allegedly worked with a second woman to take jeans worth about $1,000 on Jan. 6 from The Buckle store at West Towne Mall. A store employee saw Retelle at the mall on Monday and called police.

Port Hope, ON, CN Police nail Durham Region men after hardware store theft
Kijiji (Canada's Free classified site) helped police locate and charge three Durham Region men with theft after high-end tools were stolen from Gilmer's Home Hardware. Port Hope Police began investigating on Sunday, Jan. 11 after impact drills, nailers and other tool kits were stolen from the store. Later, an employee noticed the same tools listed for sale on Kijiji. This led police to Durham Region where three men were arrested and the stolen tools were recovered. Dwayne Blanchard, 27, from Bowmanville, was charged with theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property.

Man connected to Golden Town Buffet identity thefts pleads guilty
A man, connected to the identity thefts after an investigation into the Golden Town Buffet in Glenmont, NY, has pleaded guilty. Saihing Chan, 21, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a felony, and one count of Identity Theft in the First Degree, a felony, in Albany County Court Tuesday afternoon. Chan faces four to 12 years in State Prison when sentenced on March 3. During the execution of the warrant, the authorities arrested Heng Li, then 27, for using a credit card skimmer device to obtain personal identification information of 39 credit card numbers by fraudulent pretenses. Li also was in possession of a forged Michigan driver's license and under an active deportation order at the time of the search warrant execution, as were three other employees that were present at the restaurant at that time. The investigation led the authorities to other individuals involved in this identity theft scheme, including Chan, who along with others, used stolen credit card numbers and identities to purchase thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise.

Woman employed at Hilltown, PA Walmart stole thousands of dollars from store

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