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ORC 3-30-15




Costa Mesa, CA Audeze warehouse hit for $262,000 of high-end headphones
The six thieves struck in the middle of the night, cutting a hole through a corrugated roll-up door and slinking across the floor to avoid detection. They took their time, sorting through boxes in the factory, looking for the goods. Not once did they rise more than 18 inches off the floor during the two hours they ransacked the business, their faces and hands concealed by hoods, hats, gloves and bandanas. Like characters out of a jewel heist movie, the perpetrators were organized and methodical. They lined up the plunder along the floor and pushed it through the square hole they had cut in the door to a truck waiting outside the nondescript industrial building, surveillance videos later showed. The loot? $262,000 worth of high-priced headphones - 180 of them to be exact, with a retail price of up to $1,945 apiece. The Feb. 28 caper shook the company that manufactures the premium headphones, a small Costa Mesa outfit called Audeze, whose factory the criminals targeted. The loss of so much inventory added further delays to Audeze's already backlogged deliveries.

Brampton, ON women charged in theft of $2,500 in merchandise from Real Canadian Superstore  Three Brampton women have been charged with theft after attempting to leave a local grocery store with nearly $2,500 in merchandise Sunday night. At around 6:50 p.m., the group of females was observed removing cosmetics from their packaging while inside the Real Canadian Superstore on Guelph St. in Georgetown. The suspects then left the store without attempting to pay for the items and were arrested as they tried to load the stolen goods into a vehicle. A total of $2,450.87 worth of merchandise ranging from groceries, clothes and cosmetics was returned to the store.

Three Romanian nationals arrested in Moberly, MO for stealing $1,000 of baby formula  Moberly police arrested three people Saturday afternoon at the Wal-Mart Supercenter for stealing baby formula. Florentina Lordache, 25, Elena Nistor, 35 and Florin Dumitru, 35 are charged with felony stealing. Moberly police officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart around 3 p.m. Security at the store told officers these were the same people wanted for stealing baby formula at other Wal-Mart stores across the state earlier in the week. Officers said the three were attempting to steal $1,000 worth of baby formula from the Moberly store. Police said the three are Romanian citizens from the state of California. Officers searched the car they were driving and found over 80 cans of baby formula.

Port Authority PD nabs 'mule' for ID theft ring at George Washington Bridge after shopping sprees  A Bronx man who investigators said worked as a "mule" for an ID theft ring was arrested by Port Authority police at the George Washington Bridge after buying iPads, iPhone and other pricey electronics with credit cards in unsuspecting victims' names at the Walmart in North Bergen. Paul J. Cole, 33, was charged with fraudulent use of credit cards, driving with a revoked license and unsworn falsification after Port Authority officers nabbed him Friday afternoon. Cole, who has two previous felony convictions for ID theft, was carrying bogus driver's licenses from Ohio and New York, at least two phony credit cards he obtained using those licenses and other identifying information for potential victims in Florida, authorities said. Authority detectives were working with their counterparts from North Bergen and from Morris County, where sources told reporters it's believed Cole did the same thing at the Rockaway Mall.

Centre Hall, PA woman accused of attempting to steal $700 worth of merchandise from Macy's  A Centre Hall woman faces charges after a reported retail theft this weekend. Victoria Hoover, 32, is accused of retail theft and receiving stolen property after a reported incident Saturday evening at Macy's Saturday evening, police said. Hoover is suspected by State College police of attempting to take $700 of merchandise from the store in the Nittany Mall. Hoover was arraigned before District Judge Allen Sinclair, who set bail at $5,000, and taken to Centre County prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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