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ORC 3-27-15




Westmoreland Co, PA Women to stand trial in theft of $360,000 of drugs from Norwin Pharmacy  A North Huntingdon pharmacy technician confessed she stole 180 to 600 pain pills on every shift she worked for more than a year, then handed them over to be sold on the street, according to the state attorney general's office. Agent Andrew Sakmar testified at a preliminary hearing that former Norwin Pharmacy technician JoAnn Gruber, 53, admitted in an interview last fall that she stole "tens of thousands" of painkillers including oxycodone, Xanax and Opana, and gave them to Michele L. Garufi, 41, of Hempfield, to resell. After listening to two hours of testimony from Sakmar, Greensburg police Detective Jerry Vernail and another co-defendant, Ronald Menchio III, 24, of Hempfield, Greensburg District Judge James Albert ordered Gruber and Garufi to stand trial. The women are charged with multiple criminal counts by Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office for running a painkiller distribution ring that sold at least 12,000 pills with an estimated street value of $360,000 between 2013 through September 2014.

Chesterfield, MO Police catch shoplifters using 'booster bags' to elude store security systems  Retailers and law enforcement are catching on to a shoplifting trend in which criminals alter what look like regular shopping bags to act as a barrier to stores' security sensors. Chesterfield Police seized booster bags from suspected shoplifters Carrie and April Chambers after they visited Victoria's Secret at Chesterfield Mall. The suspects allegedly inserted a lining into shopping bags from mall stores Hot Topic, Charlotte Russe and H&M to hide stolen goods and remove them from shops without security alarms sounding. In their case, however, the booster bags did not work. "A lot of retailers are aware of these items and they look for those items as an indication that a possible shoplifting is about to occur," said Detective Marshall Broughton of Des Peres Police after a similar incident occurred at West County Mall in August 2014. Police are also aware of the altered shopping bags and were able to catch the suspects allegedly shoplifting from Victoria's Secret. Both Carrie and April Chambers are charged with felony stealing.

Two sought in rash of thefts from CVS stores in Berks Co, PA  Police are trying to identify a man and woman in connection with a series of thefts at CVS stores in Berks County. A man and woman, seen in the surveillance photo, took more than $600 worth of Rogaine and Prilosec from the CVS store at 45 Constitution Blvd. in Kutztown on Monday, according to Chief Craig Summers, Kutztown Police Department. Police said they believe the same pair struck two other CVS stores in Berks County on the same day. About $850 worth of Rogaine and Prilosec were taken from the CVS store at 8565 Allentown Pike (Route 222) in Maidencreek Township (Blandon), and $1,447 worth of Rogaine and Crest Whitestrips were swiped from the CVS store at 906 W. Leesport Rd. in Bern Township, according to police who cover the municipalities in which those stores are located.

Suspects steal over $899 in razors from BJ's Hillsborough Co, FL
Three suspects stole $899 in razors from a BJ's on March 7, a man and two women waked into the BJ's, proceeded to the Razor blade display area and placed several items inside their cart. They went to the restroom area where the man remained in the hallway with the shopping cart, while the women proceeded to the restroom (no longer in view of the camera). Minutes later, the women exited the restroom, rejoining the man and leaving behind their shopping cart. Store security later discovered that a Braun Electric Shaver with head, valued at $199.00, 9 packages of Gillette Fusion razors, valued at $49.99 each, and 5 Gillette Manual razors, valued at $47.99 each were taken.

ORC 3-27-15
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