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$6,700.00 Would-be Walmart Thieves foiled by alert Cambridge, OH Police Officer 
Two Jefferson County men accused of trying to steal more than $6,700 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Southgate Road were nabbed by Cambridge police early Wednesday thanks to the keen observations of a patrolman. Ptl. William Calvert was on routine patrol when he observed the two men acting suspiciously while pushing shopping carts filled with merchandise toward a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. According to Cambridge police reports, Calvert was driving through the Walmart parking lot at approximately 2 a.m. when he observed the men exit the store with items that had not been placed inside Walmart bags in the carts they were pushing. As the officer approached the men, they appeared to be in a hurry to load the items into their vehicle. Calvert reported both men appeared to be nervous and one was having a hard time catching his breath. Calvert requested additional officers at his location and when police approached the vehicle, they observed what appeared to be stolen merchandise inside the vehicle. Several electronic items reportedly still had the electronic theft deterrent devices still attached. A search of the vehicle revealed more merchandise apparently stolen, including multiple duffle bags and suitcases filled with items believed to have been stolen from the Cambridge store. A search of the trunk revealed even more items suspected as stolen. Officers believe the suspects entered the store and filled the duffle bags and suitcases -- also allegedly stolen from Walmart -- with items over the course of several hours. The men allegedly made several trips, taking items to their vehicle in the parking lot and then returning to the store to steal more.

Man Arrested for Stealing nearly $5,000.00 of Shoes from Kohl's in New Braunfels TX  New Braunfels Police say they have caught one of two men believed to be responsible for a string of shoe thefts at local and area department stores. Investigators believe a San Antonio man and an unknown accomplice are responsible for a series of shoe thefts at the local Kohl's store on Hwy 46 South over the last few days. It all started this past Saturday when employees realized that someone had removed 54 pairs of Nike-brand shoes from their boxes, then removed the security tags, and walked out of the store with the stolen goods, getting away with more than 32-hundred dollars worth of shoes. Later that same day, the same man returned to the same store and was able to get away with 9 more pairs of Nike shoes valued at $520. But now the store was wise to the scheme and store security was on the lookout. Then on Tuesday the same man apparently returned to the store and (under the eye of security cameras) tried to steal 13 more pairs of Nike shoes and a jacket worth a total of $850. His accomplice was apparently waiting outside and spotted police officers arriving at the scene and, using a cell phone, notified his partner inside the store. So the man dropped the shoes and ran out the front door, trying to outrun police and store security. But he didn't get far and was apprehended after a short foot chase through the parking lot. 36-year old James Saenz was arrested and booked at the Comal County Jail on Theft and Evading Arrest charges.

I.D. theft, burglary, bank fraud, high speed car chase...  Suspects from Florida just passing through Louisiana. A heads-up bank teller helps stop an accused band of traveling criminals cashing bad checks and breaking into cars. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says the five suspects from Florida jailed on an array of burglary, identify theft and bank fraud charges were just passing through, "And they began to engage in a series of smash and grab burglaries of vehicles." Normans says the crew drove rental cars with stolen license plates to hide they're identity and vandalized cars in places burglars typically target, like daycares, gyms and health clubs. Detectives know now 26-year-old Talena Stanford had successfully cashed a bad check for a thousand dollars at a Whitney Bank in Belle Chasse a half hour before trying again with a different drive-thru Whitney Bank in Marrero. "At this location she had tried to cash two checks. A thousand dollars each," says Normand. The check fraud scheme unraveled when an teller became suspicious, cross referencing the signature card on file that didn't match. When the teller took the I.D. away and demanded she come inside, Standford drove away. "Really heads up of them taking a cell phone and taking a picture of the license plate of the car," says Normand. But Deputy Danny Kerr spotted her getaway car in the back parking lot of a Marrero Ochsner Health Center where the rest of her accomplices were seen getting into a different car. The pursuit kicked off down a Lapalco and headed down to the Harvey Manhattan area where it subsequently ended with a crash," says Kerr.

Bryan, TX man sentenced to 13 years for $1,500 Mall theft
A 39-year-old Bryan man was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison for stealing designer boots from the Mule Barn at Post Oak Mall. Scott Diangelo Jones pled guilty on Monday to felony theft of less than $1,500 with two prior convictions. He was accused of stealing two pairs of boots, each worth almost $500, during two visits to the Mule Barn in late December 2013. Jones had previously been convicted of theft in 2006 and 2010, and served prison time in 2008 for tampering with evidence.

Albany, GA Police search for 3rd suspect in shoplifting case  Police are searching for a third suspect in a Sylvester shoplifting case. Officers need your help finding Trominiki Cauley. She's pregnant and believed to be living in Albany. Authorities say Lamond and Daphne Seadrow have been arrested. The three are accused of felony shoplifting at Walmart last month. The three are facing felony shoplifting charges.

Springville, NY man goes to jail for refund theft at Walmart
A 22-year-old man is going to jail for obtaining a cash refund for merchandise he never purchased at Walmart in Cheektowaga, town police reported. Nathan D. Harrison of Springville, who pleaded guilty to a charge of petit larceny, was sentenced to six months in jail Wednesday by Town Justice Paul Piotrowski. Harrison was detained in July at the Walmart store at the Thruway Plaza, where he returned merchandise that he didn't buy at the store, police said. Harrison was arrested again in Cheektowaga on Oct. 28, when a hypodermic instrument was found in his possession during a car stop on Genesee Street, police said.

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