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ORC 4-14-15




Macy's ORC teams with US Postal Inspectors to Apprehend USPS Employee for Theft of Stolen Online Orders  As part of an ongoing investigation with the Office of the Inspector General of the Brooklyn Division, the United States Attorney's Office- Eastern Division and the Macy's Asset Protection ORC Unit, an arrest was made on April 8th in the Bronx, NY on a U.S. Postal Supervisor assigned to the Queens Processing Plant located in Flushing, New York. During this investigation dating back to June 2014, it was alleged that the USPS Employee named Helen Davis has been stealing online orders being shipped from Macy's locations and facilities via U.S. Mail while at the USPS Processing Plant. Davis would conceal and transport the stolen merchandise to her personal vehicle during her shift. Davis would subsequently return a significant amount of the stolen merchandise to Macy's locations where she would receive credits in the form of Gift Cards valued at $40k. In conjunction with the arrest of Helen Davis, U.S. Postal Agents served warrants on her personal vehicle and her residence and recovered over 200 units of merchandise, 100's of Macy's receipts and media documents that she received from her thefts / fraud returns and seized as evidence for prosecution of the case. During the interview of Davis by U.S. Postal Agents, she admitted to all of her actions of theft over the past 3+ years. Davis was booked into federal holding with the U.S. Marshalls office and charged with 400+ counts of theft of U.S. Mail. Thanks Chris DeSantis for this article submission!

Cargo Theft: Former Inland Empire, CA UPS Driver Sentenced for Stealing Gun Shipments  A former UPS driver who stole dozens of rifles and pistols that he was supposed to deliver to Inland Empire retail outlets but instead sold on the black market was sentenced today to 3 1/2 years in federal prison. Curtis Ivory Hays, 37, of Rancho Cucamonga was convicted in January of the 15 felony counts on which he was indicted, including theft of firearms in interstate commerce, conspiracy, possession of stolen firearms and receipt of goods stolen in interstate commerce. Riverside-based U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips imposed the sentence recommended by the federal Office of Probation, which found that because Hays lacked prior convictions, he was eligible for a low-term sentence. The U.S. Attorney's Office agreed that the 41-month term was acceptable -- despite the fact that the defendant could have faced up to 115 years behind bars.

Academy Sports Distribution Center violent robbery suspects arrested in Houston; Security Guard kidnapped and 70 guns were stolen  Curtis Duncan, 25, and William Eason, 24, are sitting in a Harris County Jail cell without the option to walk out on bond. Both men are convicted felons who have had multiple run-ins with the law. In this latest case, investigators said one of the suspects confessed to the entire crime. The two are accused of committing dangerous crimes -- kidnapping a security guard and then using him to steal guns from the warehouse of a local retail giant. Duncan appeared in court last week to face a judge on the charges. According to court documents, Duncan and Eason committed the crimes just over two weeks ago at an Academy Sports and Outdoors warehouse in Katy. A security guard at one of the gates was reportedly approached by a guy wanting to know how he could apply for a job there. But the security guard said that's when the man pistol-whipped him in the head and forced him into the back seat of a car with two other robbers. The suspects allegedly demanded the security guard hand over the keys to the Academy storage trailers that carry store merchandise, including firearms. The security guard told police the guys said "they would kill him" if he didn't give them his keys, so he agreed. He said they made him "strip down to his underwear" and he was "driven around the area for a while" so the other suspects could cut through the fence at the Academy warehouse and open the trailers. Investigators said they got away with more than 70 guns. Police in La Porte said one of the guns ended up in the hands of a man who lives there. Court documents state that when Harris County investigators saw our story about his arrest on, they went to question him and were led to the suspects accused in the kidnapping. The security guard told police the robbers eventually dropped him off about three miles away from the warehouse at I-10 and Grand Parkway, where he said he flagged down a driver who took him to the hospital.

COACH Store in the Johnson Creek Premium Outlets hit by trio
Three Milwaukee residents were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 94 Friday evening after a theft at a Johnson Creek business. Nicholas Ryan Burks, 28, Courtney Letraile Stewart, 22, and Domonic Dewyane McCovery, 23, all of Milwaukee, were expected to appear before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge David Wambach on Monday. Recommended charges from the Johnson Creek Police Department are felony theft. Burk is slated to be charged with the theft, while Stewart and McCovery are facing theft as being party to the crime. Johnson Creek Police Chief Gary Bleecker said around 3:55 p.m. Burks entered the Coach store at the Johnson Creek Premium Outlets mall. The chief said the subject grabbed eight purses and walked out with them. "A description of the vehicle was received from the clerks inside and another bystander." Bleecker said On Friday, April 10, at approximately 4:15 p.m., a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper stopped the vehicle on I-94.

Lenoir, NC woman faces shoplifting charges - again
Hickory, NC Police officials claim a Lenoir woman stole $2,001 worth of merchandise Sunday from Belk. Tracia Nicole Simmons, 44, was charged with one felony count of larceny and one felony count of shoplifting, according to an arrest report. She was given a $10,000 bond. Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said loss prevention officers at Belk at 1980 U.S. Highway 70 SE, Valley Hills Mall, witnessed the suspect place items in her shopping cart and walk out of the store. Items stolen include shirts, shorts, shoes, a coffee maker and a comforter bed set, according to a police bulletin. The suspect was previously convicted of shoplifting May 4, 2009, April 12, 2010, Sept. 20, 2012, and Feb. 11, 2013, Dieter said.

67 pieces of clothing stolen from Forever 21 Riverchase Galleria store leads to 2 arrests  Hoover, AL Police were called to Forever 21 about 11 a.m. Thursday. Store employees watched as the pair stuffed a bunch of clothes - 67 items to be exact - into shopping bags and then left the store. Officers went after them, and spotted them as they were getting into a vehicle in the parking lot, said Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector. The suspects fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Another officer found the fleeing vehicle on Interstate 65 northbound and pulled it over, Rector said. The two women were taken into custody after store workers positively identified them. The 67 items of stolen clothing were found inside the vehicle, still in shopping bags. Rector said the value of the merchandise totaled $1,285.50.

UK: "Professional" shoplifter who used foil-lined bag jailed for 12 months
A 'SERIAL and professional shoplifter' who stole items from shops in Poole and Dorchester has been jailed. Helen Cooper, 38, of Bournemouth appeared before Dorchester Crown Court via video link from HMP Eastwood Park. The defendant admitted 11 counts of theft by shoplifting and two counts of going equipped to steal in various offences ranging from July 2014 to February 2015. David Reid, prosecuting, said in four separate incidents from July 5 to November 20 2014 Cooper had stolen DVDs and CDs totaling $2,534 from Tesco in Poole, and electrical items from John Lewis in Poole totaling $1,968 in the run up to Christmas.

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