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Pair of Ohio Brothers Arrested in $2.7 Million Money Laundering Scheme  Two brothers are locked up after being arrested Tuesday during a federal raid linked to alleged money laundering. Mohamed Mobarak, 26, and Ahmad Mobarak, 22, are accused of obtaining stolen credit card numbers and placing the unauthorized information on legitimate gift cards to purchase electronics, cigarettes, and real pre-paid gift cards. In federal court documents obtained by ABC 6/FOX 28, prosecutor's claim more than 7,000 stolen credit card numbers are involved in the conspiracy which has resulted in an intended loss of $2.7 million dollars. The two men were among five people arrested Tuesday when U.S. Secret Service agents and local police raided several convenience stores and seized 44 automatic teller machines in connection with a year-long investigation into credit card and tax fraud and identity theft.

Robbers take more than $1M in watches from Charleston jewelry store  More than a million dollars in merchandise was stolen during an armed robbery Wednesday at a downtown jewelry store, according to a police incident report. Authorities say two male subjects, one armed with a hammer and the other with a gun, robbed the Demetre Jewelers on Wednesday at 11:23 a.m. The pair left the store with an estimated $1.05 million in merchandise, according to the incident report. According to police, one of the suspects ordered an employee to the ground, while the other broke the case and stole Rolex watches. The hammer was used to smash a showcase, said CPD spokesman Charles Francis. Investigators describe both of the suspects as black males in their 20s and wearing black masks. One suspects is described as 6'2" and having a large build, while the other is described as 5'8" with a thin build.

Fencing Operation: Operation "Not So Lucky" nabs 5 suspects in Polk County  On Thursday, March 05, 2015, Polk County Sheriff's Office undercover detectives served three search warrants and arrested five suspects during an Organized Retail Theft Investigation "Operation Not So Lucky." In the investigation, deputies received tips about several businesses buying stolen goods. Deputies approached 14 convenience store businesses in Polk County-9 in Lakeland, 2 in Winter Haven, and 3 in the Lake Wales area-offering to supply stolen merchandise for sale. Only three stores agreed to purchase stolen merchandise. In January 2015, officers with the Lake Wales Police Department contacted members of the PCSO Organized Retail Theft unit advising them they had information about businesses buying stolen merchandise for resale in their stores. A joint investigation revealed several local stores were purchasing stolen goods then reselling the merchandise in their establishments. Acting in an undercover capacity, detectives confirmed the above listed suspects were engaging in dealing in stolen property and/or selling counterfeit merchandise in businesses located in Lake Wales and Lakeland. Deputies also received tips that "The Meat Man" (Ceasar Pugh) was known to steal and re-sell stolen meat from local grocery stores. He was also arrested after he bought meat from undercover deputies that was represented as stolen.

Members of Female-Dominated Denver ID Theft Ring Busted
We've grown accustomed to criminal enterprises dominated by men. In the case of an alleged identity theft ring, however, prosecutors say women were in charge - and females represent six of the eight people named in an indictment featuring a staggering 81 counts. That document, on view below, lists 35 ID theft victims whose losses totaled nearly $50,000, with additional documentation for an attempted theft of another $11,000. Also indicted were Ernest Daniels, Matrice Ford, Shaqweila Phillips, Tony Phillips, Tashena Reid and Destinee Segura. Hunter is said to have stolen identifying information from her sister, Lesha Butler, to get a job at Emeritus at Highline, an assisted living facility. At Emeritus, prosecutors say Hunter and company stole checks from at least one at-risk adult's bedroom, as well as one of Hunter's co-workers. Afterward, the assorted parties are accused of using stolen, forged or counterfeit checks to steal money from credit unions, banks and grocery stores. Hunter and Tasha Phillips were allegedly tasked with driving their recruits to the locations where they passed the checks.

Man charged in 11 armed robberies in Bensalem, NE Philly
A 29-year-old Philadelphia man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery spree in Bensalem and Northeast Philadelphia after he was seen casing a Bensalem business, police said. He was apprehended around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after undercover police officers saw him casing an unidentified business in the township. Brennan had a black pellet gun on him at the time of his arrest, and admitted to the 11 robberies, according to the press release.

Robbers Steal $25,000 worth of high-end Bikes From Denver Shop

Madison, WI Barnes & Noble store employee tails theft suspects to resale store

Man swipes 12 cases of baby formula in Georgetown, Ontario

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