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Nine arrested - Rogue distillery workers at Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries stole tens of thousands of dollars worth various whiskey's since 2008 or 2009 - $100,000 recovered in booze alone in Frankfort, KY  Prosecutors say the scheme led by rogue distillery workers lasted for years and involved tens of thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey but began to unravel when whiskey barrels were discovered behind a Franklin County shed. The theft targeted the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries and had been going on since 2008 or 2009. Police recovered over $100,000 worth of whiskey. All nine defendants are charged with engaging in organized crime as members of a criminal syndicate.

Deputies probe organized baby formula theft ring in Clackamas County, Ore. - Recoveries filled to cargo vans  Deputies found a huge cache of stolen baby formula in Clackamas County, worth thousands of dollars, in an ongoing investigation into organized retail theft. No arrests have been made yet, but investigators said they are questioning several people. Deputies said the thieves steal the formula from stores and then and sell it online to turn major profits. Several major retailers have been working with authorities to come up with ways to combat formula thefts. Deputies were also encouraging smaller retailers to contact them if they think they may be victims, too. In addition to the formula, investigators said they found stolen jeans and tools when they served the search warrant in Clackamas County. They did not disclose the exact location, due to the ongoing investigation. Looking for impacted retailers!

Two men, members of ORC gang, plead guilty to ORC in Livingston County - hitting Walmart & Kohl's stores for returning stolen merch.  Both men admitted that they were part of a group of young people who stole items from Wal-Mart and Kohl's stores in Genoa Township and then tried to return those items for cash in November.

Sisters used foil-lined shopping bag to steal $1,800 in clothes from mall - repeat offenders - selling loot on Facebook  Two Grand Rapids sisters apparently thought they could outsmart Woodland Mall staff when they entered several clothing stores and in one day managed to steal 81 items -- $1,794.07 worth of merchandise, police said. But Ciera Portis, 26, and Unique Portis, 24, did not account for a Kentwood Police officer assigned to the mall who was monitoring surveillance cameras in several stores on that day. Ciera Portis will now serve 210 days in jail and Unique Portis, 150 days, after the officer saw a pile of clothing in the sisters' car, sensor tags scattered throughout. The two pleaded guilty to receiving and concealing stolen property with a value more than $1,000 and less than $20,000. The Kentwood Police officer first saw Ciera Portis walking among stores Nov. 6 and recognized her as being involved in previous retail frauds, according to court records. The value of the stolen items totaled more than $1,794 and included merchandise from H&M, Aeropostale, Hollister, Forever 21 and The Children's Place, court records show. In a follow-up request to search the messages, photos and other content of Ciera Portis' cell phone, a Kentwood Police detective wrote that Portis had allegedly admitted to communicating regularly via text and Facebook messages with people looking for stolen merchandise. In the exchange of merchandise, Ciera Portis would receive a fractional profit, the detective wrote.

Nike Theft Ring Ends as Defendants Plead Guilty to Stealing Over $680,000 in Sneakers  The two defendants left in the controversial Nike theft ring pleaded guilty today to stealing over $680,000 in rare sample sneakers. We first broke news of this massive theft ring in December and the final verdicts have now been reached. Although the Portland Business Journal reports that Tung Wing Ho and Jason Keating, an ex-Nike employee, have entered guilty pleas to the charge of conspiracy to transport, receive and sell stolen goods, the government recommended a relatively light sentence of only one year and one day. The pair had allegedly been part of a theft ring with a third conspirator named Kyle Yamaguchi, who also worked for Nike and was sentenced just weeks ago, to steal and sell more than 630 pairs of unauthorized sample sneakers from Nike between September 2012 and March 2014.

Vehicle used in Lowe's ORC Thefts may be Seized by Alton Police Department Authorities have filed a claim against the car of a woman who has pleaded guilty in a theft of merchandise from the Lowe's store in Alton. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office has filed a suit in court claiming a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Regina Anderson. Authorities in Illinois and Missouri have said Anderson and three companions entered several Lowe's stores and left with expensive items. Lowe's security personnel told Alton police that the women took about $3,000 worth of merchandise from each of several stores. Anderson has pleaded guilty to a count of burglary and sentenced to two years of probation in the Alton case. Alton police arrested her and her companions on Nov. 12. Police arrested Anderson and three other women as they were leaving the store carrying bags of power tools and electronics they did not buy. The Monte Carlo was seized, and police found several items in the car, believed stolen from other Lowe's stores. The suit states that police turned the seized vehicle over to the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The state's attorney's office is asking a judge to terminate any claim Anderson or any other party might have on the car and that it be delivered to Alton police.

High-end Glasses thief sought in Daytona Beach, FL; part of ORC ring  A woman's penchant for pricey sunglasses has caught the attention of Daytona Beach police, who released security video showing her stealing thousands of dollars worth of high-end merchandise. Workers at local Sunglass Huts and Lenscrafters said Jennifer Morris, 21, of Ormond Beach, has stolen from them many times before. Workers believe she is part of a wider theft ring. Video released from four recent robberies shows a woman casually slipping items under her clothing, just steps away from employees. In some cases, her trick is distraction; she holds one pair in each hand, tries on one and tucks the other under her jacket. Police have caught Morris before. Arrest records show she was picked up last August, December, this January and again just three weeks ago. But police said she is responsible for even more crimes in three different stores. A bulletin has been issued for her arrest, as police continue to search for her.

Two Shoplifters hit Apple store in King of Prussia
On April 10 at 7:50 p.m. male and female theft suspects entered the Apple Store in the King of Prussia Mall. Security footage showed the female conceal 10 pairs of Beats headphones and 10 external hard drives in two large bags before leaving the store without paying. The male suspect acted as a lookout.

Warrant issued for CVS serial electronic toothbrush thief
An alleged North Penn-area serial electric toothbrush thief is wanted by authorities for brushing off a preliminary hearing in district court. A bench warrant was issued by a Montgomery County judge on April 15 authorizing the arrest of Tyler Erik Tinari, 25, after he skipped a hearing. In February, Tinari was arrested for the theft of 2 Sonicare toothbrushes, valued at $199 each. During questioning by detectives, Tinari waived his Miranda rights and admitted stealing two electric toothbrushes not only at the Cowpath Road CVS, but from three other CVS locations in Hatfield Township, Montgomery Township and Chalfont that same day. Further, police said, Tinari stated that he stole more electric toothbrushes from two CVS locations, on two separate dates earlier in February - he identified himself as a man captured on video surveillance swiping two Sonicare toothbrushes, valued at approximately $199 each, from the Whitpain CVS on Feb. 9. Tinari consented to a search of his vehicle, which yielded eight electric toothbrushes all allegedly stolen on Feb. 20 that were sitting on the front seat, police said. The total value of the stolen items recovered from the car was $1,496.95, according to police.

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