13 arrested, nearly $1M in counterfeit goods confiscated at Lexington County, SC
flea market Thirteen people were arrested and nearly $1 million of
counterfeit items were confiscated after several agencies conducted an
investigation at U.S. #1 Metro Flea Market in Lexington County over the weekend.
Deputies said in response to recurring sales of counterfeit items by flea market
vendors, Lexington County Sheriff's Department investigators in cooperation with
the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement conducted an inspection of vendor booths on Saturday. Investigators
arrested 13 people in connection with the sale of counterfeit items worth a
combined total of $930,000 as well as $5,520 in cash.
Three arrested in scheme to pawn tools stolen from Home Depot in Flagstaff, AZ
According to the Flagstaff police report, officers were dispatched to the Home
Depot at 1325 W. Route 66 around 1:30 p.m. Thursday after an employee there saw
a woman exit the store with a boxed drill set that still had the security cable
attached to it. A second witness told police he saw the woman run to a parking
lot on South Plaza Way, where a man was waiting for her in a red ATV. The
witness followed the ATV as it drove to a motel parking lot, where it appears
the woman may have exited the vehicle and a second male took her place. The
witness also found the security cable discarded in the parking lot. The witness
then followed the ATV to the Super Pawn at 2916 E. Route 66. Officers confronted
the two male suspects at Super Pawn, where they had tried to sell the stolen
drill set but were turned away because they did not have a receipt. Store
employees told police the same men had pawned an acoustic guitar there earlier
in the day. One of the suspects initially gave officers an ID card that he later
claimed he had just found. He then directed them to a Social Security card with
a different name. Officers were unable to confirm his true identity. Later,
officers located female suspect at the Greyhound Bus Station in Flagstaff. They
found several firearms and 69.3 grams of marijuana in her possession.
76-year-old sentenced to 8 years in connection to $1.5M Indiana theft ring
The first of the suspects involved in a $1.5 million theft ring, made a plea
deal and learned his sentence. Prosecutors say 76-year-old Robert Savage Jr.
pleaded guilty to Corrupt Business Influence for his role. Prosecutors say he
has no prior criminal history. He was sentenced to a total term of 8 years.
He'll serve one year of electronic home detention and three years probation.
Authorities say pawn-shop owner Michael Rupert and cell phone repairman Kyle
Hudson paid others to steal high-end items including power tools, TVs, vacuum
cleaners, and designer purses from 16 local stores.
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