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Three Florida men - multi-state east coast forgery ring hits Target in Waynesboro, VA. - forged checks for prepaid debit cards - Target LP made the bust  The three men were allegedly part of a group of five that operated in Virginia, but are part of a larger group that travelled from New York to Florida, committing the same type of crimes, according to police. The five men were arrested in a Target near Front Royal by the Warren County Sheriff's Office on the same day they visited Targets in Waynesboro, Lynchburg and Harrisonburg. "These arrests were due mostly to Target Loss Prevention working cooperatively up and down the state," said Waynesboro Police Sgt. Brian Edwards. "Other stores along the path they seemed to be following were becoming more aware." "Otherwise, they may never have been identified," Edwards added. The three men would then likely sell the pre-paid debit cards on the street, Edwards said. Since they were using fraudulent checks, the men could make a profit, he added. The men reportedly tried to use costumes or sunglasses to conceal their real identities from store surveillance systems. Graden used a female identity to make his transaction and wore women's clothing.

Tucson woman stealing Michael Kors handbags from multiple TJ Maxx stores  On March 5, Detectives said she walked in and walked out with four purses at the TJ Maxx on Orange Grove and Oracle. "The purses are Michael Kors handbags," said Lopez. "They're very high end purses and very popular among consumers." Two days later, surveillance video showed the woman back at the store in the purse section. She had five to six purses in her hand. An employee approached her, she dropped the purses and left the store empty handed. Approximately 51 minutes later she shows up at the TJ Maxx at Broadway and Wilmot, " Detective Lopez said. In less than three minutes, she walks out of that store with three purses. On March 27, she returned to the Oracle and Orange Grove store, grabbed four purses and walked out. She's not the only shoplifter stealing high end designer purses. Detective Lopez said on January 3 a woman walked out of TJ Maxx armed with three to four purses. One month later, a man reportedly stole five to six high end handbags.

Carlisle, PA Police Seek Thief Attempting to Steal Cart Full of DVD's from Walmart  Police are looking for an unknown white man after a retail theft incident on Sunday. Carlisle Police said the incident occurred at Wal-Mart, 60 Noble Blvd., when an unknown man attempted to steal a cart full of DVDs. When approached by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention personnel, the man ran off, police said.

Two Utica, MI women turn themselves in for Over $2,000 theft for Target
The loss prevention manager told police about incidents caught on camera Jan 1, Feb. 7, Feb. 15 and Feb. 17 that followed the same pattern. The clothing stolen from the Utica Target totaled $1,258.87, she said. The clothing stolen from the Macomb Township Target totaled more than $1,000, according to the police report. The Utica Target loss prevention manager said Macomb Township employees managed to get the license plate number on the vehicle in which the women drove away from the store. Police traced the vehicle to one of the suspects. On March 26, police knocked on the residence registered to the vehicle, which was parked in the street. Later, they learned through the investigation that the driver of the vehicle had been arrested for retail fraud March 3 with the other suspect at a Kohl's department store in Sterling Heights.

Homewood, IL Police arrest baby formula thief hitting Target
Atlas J. Rogers, 40, of South Holland was charged with retail theft after stealing baby formula March 22 and March 31 from Target, 17504 Halsted St.

3 women arrested hitting JC Penney for over $2,000 with another $1,300 of stolen merchandise in vehicle in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Male - female couple steals 11 computers from Walmart in Conover, N.C. Friday - $3,400

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