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ORC 3-23-15




East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrest Best Buy thief for over $30,000 in merchandise  The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has arrested Renata Booker, 33, for Felony Theft. Booker is allegedly responsible for theft of electronic merchandise from several Best Buy stores. The incident which she was arrested for took place Thursday around 1:00 PM at the Best Buy store near the Mall of Louisiana. Booker entered the store and selected 2 Lenovo laptop computers valued at $1399.99 each. She then selected a DVD and took all 3 items to a cashier, who was told by Booker that the laptops were paid for at the back of the store. Booker paid the cashier for the DVD and then attempted to leave the store with the laptops. Loss prevention had already contacted the EBR Sheriff's Office who was waiting outside for Booker when she exited the store. Booker was taken into custody and brought to the loss prevention office. A loss prevention supervisor for Best Buy advised deputies that Booker has hit several Best Buy stores in their region. The thefts amount to more than $30,000 in electronics.

Women arrested in $13,000 iPad theft scheme hitting Walmarts in Indiana and Ohio  Two women suspected in a multi-state crime spree are now in police custody. Officers arrested Stephanie Toles and Jolisha McDonald outside a Greencastle Walmart Saturday morning. Investigators believe the pair is responsible for up to 40 iPad thefts across Indiana and Ohio. A Greencastle Police sergeant spotted the suspects in a red Toyota early Saturday. The Greencastle Police Department made the arrests. Surveillance cameras caught them this week entering a Greenfield Walmart. Police say they broke into the store cabinets and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics. Both women are now in the Putnam County Jail while the prosecutor decides on possible charges. In their latest shopping spree in Greenfield, police believe the pair are responsible for stealing $13,000 worth of iPads.

Women traveled to Gainesville, FL to steal from Wal-Mart
Two women were arrested Saturday evening after police say they stole nearly $600 worth of merchandise and were found in possession of prescription drugs and cocaine, according to a Gainesville Police Department report. During that time, police say the two women were observed by a loss prevention employee as they placed at least 36 cosmetic items into a purse, bagged clothing items in a Wal-Mart shopping bag and put several pairs of sandals in a shoebox, according to the report. Eventually, Boatright took the items, left the store and headed for Waddell's car but was stopped by the loss prevention employee, the report said. After police arrived and the women were arrested, Boatwright told police that she and Waddell came to the store with intent to steal and explained that she chose the Gainesville Wal-Mart because she wasn't known in the area, the report said.

$600 in Whitening Stripes stolen from CVS, $300 in Razors from Food Lion in Martinsville, VA  Police in Martinsville are trying to find the man who - they say - stole hundreds of dollars in merchandise from two different stores last night. According to a press release, the CVS on East Church Street reported the theft of more than 600 dollars worth of whitening strips. Police say a man taking items from the store was surveillance camera. The Food Lion on Brookdale Road also reported the theft of close to three hundred dollars in razors and pain reliever.

ORC 3-23-15
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