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Brooklyn, NY man arrested using stolen credit cards to purchase $30,000 of merchandise at Home Depot stores  A Brooklyn man is facing felony charges in western New York. Police say he and two others bought nearly $30,000 worth of gift cards from Home Depots in Monroe County using stolen credit cards. Police have charged 34-year-old Seun Ogunkoya with identity theft and grand larceny. Police said the gift cards were purchased at the Home Depot stores in Henrietta, Irondequoit and Greece. The victims of the credit card fraud are from Monroe, Ontario and Cayuga counties, police said. Ogunkoya was arraigned and remains in Monroe County Jail without bail. Police Sunday were still trying to identify the other suspects.

Family Dollar in St Louis hit by Tide thieves
Police are looking for the thieves targeting local Family Dollar stores and stealing Tide Laundry Detergent to exchange for drugs on the street. According to police, a 150 ounce bottle of Tide sells for about $5 in cash or $10 worth of marijuana and crack cocaine. Because Tide is a staple in households, police say it is an ideal currency for drugs and since there are no serial numbers it is impossible to track. The exchange of stolen Tide for drugs was initially noticed by officers across the nation a few years ago. Some stores are losing more than $10,000 a month due to the thefts.

Police in Ohio bust pair in multi-state fraud ring; over $4,500 in merchandise from Menards  Perkins police busted a pair of Pennsylvania residents operating in what they believe to be a multi-state theft and fraud operation. Lynette Lucas, 51, of Ambridge, and Eric Steighner, 30, of Butler, were both charged Thursday with receiving stolen property, attempted theft and possession of criminal tools. Local investigators first learned of the pair's alleged scheme Thursday evening, when Menards workers called Perkins police to report them picking up an order that was charged to a stolen credit card. The Milan Road store had been tipped off by Menards corporate, after Lucas and Steighner used a U-Haul to pick up a similar order at the Menards Massillon location earlier on Thursday. There, Lucas and Steighner made off with about $4,580 in goods charged to a stolen credit card account.

Two Cuban Nationals arrested for Identity Theft at Sam's Club in Bowling Green, KY  Two Cuban nationals were charged with identity theft and organized crime after an alert loss prevention officer at the Bowling Green Sam's Club called police to report suspicious activity. Noslen Guerra, 28, and Julio Simon, 30, were charged with theft of identity of another without consent and engaging in organized crime. "We see these types of organized retail thefts specifically being used to fund other illegal activities," Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron said. "Many times they are linked to the drug trade as well as funding gang activities."

Walgreens in Highland, CA arrests Serial Shoplifter with distinctive facial tattoo  San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators released photos of a suspected shoplifter, hoping other merchants will recognize the man's distinctive tattoos and come forward. Authorities said a shopper at a Walgreens in Highland saw Daniel Falcon, described by deputies as a 44-year-old transient, putting beauty and hair care products into a backpack and alerted store employees shortly before noon on Saturday. Falcon fled on foot, but deputies caught up with him. Officials said Falcon had 22 assorted bottles of stolen hair care and beauty items with a value of over $200. Investigators said Falcon has an extensive theft history and is a suspect in several other similar thefts from the same Walgreens.

Tulsa Tire Shop owner conspired to steal $75,000 worth of wheels and tires

Three men indicted in $5,000 theft from Walmart in Cumming, NC

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