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.
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.
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."
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
Tulsa Tire Shop owner conspired to steal $75,000 worth of wheels and tires
Three men indicted in $5,000 theft from Walmart in