'Team shoplifting' thefts occurring at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in KY|
Junior and Wanda Janes delayed their first trip to the Outlet Shoppes of the
Bluegrass until the Christmas rush had passed. But Wednesday's haul seemed to
more than justify the journey from Bardstown. "At the first store I stopped at,
absolutely purchased way more than I intended to purchase," Wanda Janes laughed.
"But that's okay." What isn't, Simpsonville police say, is the number of "team
shoplifting" heists they've seen since the Shoppes opened last summer. "They're
imported problems, they're not local folks," Chief Chip Minnis said.
"They're going in for the high-dollar items that somebody might want to buy."
Items like Armani suits from Saks off Fifth Avenue and sneakers from Nike.
Investigators believe the thieves likely resell their heists on the street or
online via sites such as eBay and Craigslist. Police and the Commonwealth Attorneys plan to prosecute
future such cases as "organized crime." Statutes permit it, provided law
enforcement offers proof that two or more suspects worked together to steal
merchandise. Such a conspiracy raises the crime to a C-felony, which can carry a
5 to 10 year prison term.
NYC man sentenced in Va. for multi-state fraud, ID theft
A New York City man has been sentenced in Virginia to more than 14 years in
prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. The
government says 36-year Jeffrey Washington was also ordered Wednesday to pay
restitution of $255,000. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Newport
News. Washington pleaded guilty last August to his involvement in a ring that
burglarized Wells Fargo mortgage offices throughout New York, New Jersey,
Connecticut and Maryland in 2012 and 2013. The ring stole more than 1,800
mortgage files that were then used in a variety of bank customer impersonation
and retail credit fraud schemes, targeting banks and retailers. Three defendants
have pleaded guilty. A fourth still faces trial.
convenience stores searched, 12 charged with illegal wholesale of cigarettes
RCMP have charged 12 people following a contraband tobacco bust that involved
Halifax-area convenience stores. Officers searched five retail stores earlier
this month and seized 74 cartons, as well as the wrappers of 93 other cartons.
RCMP say their investigation began in September 2014 and led them to Bridgeview
Grocery on Bedford Highway. "The individual that was selling the tobacco to the
retailers - he had larger discounts from wholesalers where he was acquiring the
tobacco and he was sharing the profits with those retailers," said Bernie
Meagher, director of audit and enforcement with Service Nova Scotia. "This
undermines the whole regulatory regime so it's unfair to the other retailers who
play by the rules, who are properly licensed and only deal with licensed
Alert Victoria's Secret employee helps nabs shoplifting ring in Wellington, FL
Five women from Miami-Dade County were arrested last week in Wellington after an
alert store employee recognized them as part of an alleged shoplifting ring,
according to an arrest report. The employee of Victoria's Secret at the Mall of
Wellington Green saw the women in a Cadillac SUV and called authorities. The
arrest report does not say why the employee was able to recognize the women. A
Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy who pulled up behind the vehicle saw plastic
bags inside containing clothing and jewelry with price tags still attached. One
woman inside the car dumped items out of her purse into the back of the SUV, as
deputies watched. After searching the SUV, deputies found allegedly stolen items
from three businesses - The Loft, Victoria's Secret and The Charming Charlie
Store - totaling more than $2,000.
KY couple arrested for shoplifting at Bardstown Walmart A shoplifting
investigation by Bardstown police led to the arrest of a Shelbyville couple.
Police said Wesley and Nichole Mathis stole two TVs from the Bardstown Walmart
Sunday. The pair was arrested Wednesday at a home where they were staying. Along
with TVs, detectives found a home theater system, computer, other electronics
and tools that are also believed to be stolen. Additionally officials found
items used to make methamphetamine. They are both charged with receiving stolen
property, manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Menalto Cleaners owner pleads not guilty to
defrauding customers out of $350,000 in Menlo Park, CA
Wyoming Woman accused of trying to steal $3,590
worth of items