KY Police working a dozen theft cases from new outlet mall Shoplifting
at the new Simpsonville Outlet Mall is such a problem, police want extra
officers and tougher penalties. Simpsonville Police are having to work closely
with mall security to catch the suspects in the act and, recently, they've been
successful. Three women almost got away with a trunk full of more than $10,000
dollars worth of stolen clothes, shoes and purses in late December. Chief Minnis
says his officers are currently working a dozen shoplifting cases from the
outlet mall, which has only been open about six months. He says it's really
added to their case load. "It has been a learning experience. It has become a
little bit of a strain to deal with because of the amount of dollars," he said.
Because of all the shoplifting at the mall, he hopes to add a few extra officers
to his five man department in the near future. While WDRB was at the mall
shooting video for this story, our crew even saw it themselves. Our cameras
caught some alleged thieves booking down the highway after running out of Saks
OFF 5th with alarms sounding. Police say the two people got away with a couple
thousand dollars worth of merchandise, but officers will likely be able to
identify them later. Chief Minnis says The Shoppes have been cooperating with
investigations and they've been able to identify persons of interest because of
high quality surveillance video.
Police say 'Felony Lane Gang's' reach is wide
Belfast, Maine Police say they were alerted to the connection between a recently
burglarized local vehicle and a multi-state theft ring known as the Felony Lane
Gang due to the method of using outer drive-through lanes of banks in the
crimes. "The checks [that were stolen from a vehicle in Belfast were deposited
to an account in Portland," which is what led Portland Police to connect the
two, according to Detective Bryan Cunningham. Although this might be the Felony
Gang Lane's first crime directly linked to Belfast, accounts are more
widespread. Recent news concerning the gang includes an article about the
attempt by the Marion County Indiana Sheriff's Office to combat the "notorious
criminal gang" using advanced criminal analytics. A Texas NBC affiliate reported
the arrest of 16 members of the Florida based gang in June 2013. The arrest came
after some of the members were captured after detectives reviewed video. Methods
remain the same: Smash windows, steal purses and use contents to cash checks in
the drive-thru lane of local banks. In the Plano, Texas, incident, a police
spokesman said the entire crime, from smashing the window to stealing the purse,
took approximately 10 seconds, according to published reports.
Flint, MI woman sentenced to 9 months for $2,000 theft from Kohl's
A Flint woman was sentenced Thursday to nine months in the Livingston County
Jail for stealing from the Green Oak Township Kohl's store. Angela Marie Judd
also was ordered to spend two years on probation. She can be released after six
months in jail to an inpatient substance-abuse treatment program. If she
successfully completes the program, the balance of jail time will be waived.
Police said Judd and her brother, Jeromy Aaron Judd, came from Flint to the
Green Oak Township store, where they stole more than $2,000 in merchandise and
then ran to their car. Authorities said Angela Judd, however, got "into a fight"
with the store's loss-prevention officer, whose finger was shut in the car door
as the Judds tried to flee the scene. Jeromy Judd earlier was sentenced to one
year in jail and two years of probation for first-degree retail fraud in
connection with the case.
Washoe County, NV Deputies search for 2 men in Xbox Live scam
Washoe County deputies are still searching for two men suspected of using
counterfeit coupons to get several years' worth of Microsoft Xbox Live
membership accounts. Deputies responded to a call at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 of
two men who used fake coupons to get free Xbox Live membership cards valued at
$59.99 each at a Walgreens store near Mae Anne Avenue and North McCarran
Boulevard. Witnesses told deputies that the men had said they had obtained the
coupons by completing an online survey. "We believe they might use those coupons
at other stores, so we want to bring them to justice before that happens,"
Washoe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Harmon said Sunday. "(The cards)
could be for their own use or they can turn around and sell it, but it's still
too soon to figure that out," he said. Deputies had also responded to a call
about two hours later of two men who used three coupons to buy three 12-month
membership cards at a Walgreens store on the 9700 block of Pyramid Way in
Spanish Springs. The suspects claimed they had won the coupons in a contest,
authorities said in the news release.
Odd item targeted in retail thefts at PetSmart in North Coventry, PA
There are gentlemen thieves. There are jewel thieves. There are horse thieves.
And then there is Abigail Elizabeth Luft. Luft, a Pottstown area woman, seems to
have made it her particular specialty in the theft business to target pet
deshedding tools, those implements that give dog and cat owners a chance to
clean up their feline and canine friends, warding off hair balls and massive
amounts of stray fur. On Friday in Common Pleas Court, Luft pleaded guilty to a
single count of felony retail theft and agreed to repay more than $3,000 to the
PetSmart store in the Town Square Shopping Center in North Coventry, where she
repeatedly shoplifted multiple deshedding tools. Luft, 25, of Lower Pottsgove,
was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in Chester County Prison by Judge James P.
MacElree II as part of a plea agreement reached between Assistant District
Attorney Ryan Borchik, who prosecuted the case, and defense attorney Brenda
Jones of West Chester, representing Luft. Luft had told a Colebrookdale, Berks
County, police officer investigating other retails thefts that she had taken
dozens of the deshedding instruments from the PetSmart store, and taken them to
the Cash Traders pawn shop in Pottstown where she sold them. She said she used
the money she received to buy heroin.
PA Police seeking ID for suspect in Walmart theft Authorities are
asking for help to identify a male suspect in a retail theft/assault at the
Walmart Supercenter in the Marple Crossroads Shopping Center Jan. 15. According
to police, the suspect allegedly stole computer items from the store, hiding
them inside a backpack. When he was stopped by store security, he was brought
into the security office. When security tried to retrieve the items, the suspect
rushed the security officers, knocking them out of his way as he made his escape
from the store, located at 400 S. State Road. The incident occurred shortly
before 5:30 p.m.