Update - Shoplifting ring of 21 targeted Lowe's stores in 5 Western Pa. counties
Cranberry police issued warrants for 21 people implicated in a shoplifting ring
targeting 11 Lowe's stores in five Western Pennsylvania counties. Seven suspects
have been arrested, said Cranberry police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino. Mascellino said
drug addiction, primarily heroin, motivated the thefts, which involved stealing
items from one store and returning them to others for credit. They would then
sell the store cards to pawn shops for 50 or 60 cents on the dollar," he said.
The stores were in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties. The
gift cards turned up in states as far away as Illinois and South Carolina.
Mascellino said the suspects stole small, high value electronic goods and tools
worth a total of about $28,000 between Feb. 9 and April 15. Nineteen of the
suspects are from Beaver County, Mascellino said. One is from Kittanning, and
another is from Columbus, Ohio. Police charged all with theft and racketeering.
West African gang 'Yahoo Boys' member, 3rd of 21 members, pleads guilty in
federal court - work-at-home scheme costing millions Criminal charges
say that the gang would buy bank account and personal information from hackers,
steal money, and then send cash or goods to Africa. Often, unsuspecting third
parties would be enlisted through work-at-home scams or fake online romances
into sending the stolen money or fraudulently purchased goods to South Africa or
Nigeria. Investigators say they've found thousands of victims of the scam in the
United States, who have collectively lost millions of dollars.
Michigan man - part of traveling credit card fraud gang - sentenced to
two-and-a-half yrs in federal prison for Boise retail fraud crimes
According to documents filed in federal court, Stewart was part of a traveling
group from Detroit who used counterfeit credit cards to purchase general-use
charge cards at 10 stores throughout Twin Falls, Boise and Meridian.
Sheriff's Office busts coupon theft ring in Greenville, S.C.
Two Greenville men and a detention center officer and his wife have been
arrested after authorities said thousands of dollars worth of coupons were
stolen from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's distribution center. Spartanburg
County investigators said two of the suspects were caught during a surveillance
operation Sunday at the distribution center. The men were seen on video stuffing
coupons into trash bags, an incident report said. Authorities said the coupon
thefts had been happening for about four months. The investigation is ongoing,
and more charges are expected, Letterman said.
Queensbury, NY Walmart Loss Prevention apprehends 2 women pushing out $1,000 in
merchandise Two Fort Edward women were arrested Tuesday on felony
grand larceny charges for allegedly trying to steal more than $1,000 worth of
items from Wal-Mart on Route 9 in Queensbury, police said. Alicia L. Berg, 25,
and Kimberly A. Baker, 36, were charged after store security caught them trying
to push a cart filled with items that hadn't been paid for out of the store,
according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office. Both women were charged with
fourth-degree grand larceny.
Lusby Women Arrested for Shoplifting at Kohl's On April 21, 2015, St.
Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to Kohl's Department Store for a
reported theft. A loss prevention employee observed 2 female suspects conceal
several pieces of merchandise. Both suspects then left the store passing all
points of purchase. The suspects were able to flee in a vehicle, however
responding deputies located the car. The suspects were later identified as Sara
Ann Jones, 20, and Haley Marie Gott, 18, both of Lusby, were in possession of
over $270.00 in stolen merchandise.
seeds target of shoplifter in Brandon, MS; Investigators say man used poppy
seeds to make form of morphine Brandon police said a man was stealing
poppy seeds from a grocery store to make a homegrown form of morphine or heroin.
William Marshall, 22, is charged with two counts of shoplifting, police said.
photos helped police make the arrest. Marshall surrendered to police and
investigators said he confessed to what he was doing with the poppy seeds.
According to police, Marshall had as many as 20 cans of poppy seeds that he had
stolen from two Kroger locations. Investigators said Marshall used them as part
of a recipe he found on the Internet to manufacture the drug using
over-the-counter products. "Something this simple, an everyday item, being
turned into a narcotic -- I was floored when I heard about it," Chief William
Thompson said. Marshall set up a lab in his car and parked at Shiloh Park to mix
the highly addictive drug, according to Brandon police investigators. Marshall
stashed the ingredients under a nearby bridge, police said. "They are having to
find more and different ways -- whether or not they are new or old ways -- in
order to get that high because they are addicted to the (opiate) drugs," an
undercover Brandon police officer said.
Long Beach Bookstore Owner Sentenced in Textbook Theft Ring
A Long Beach bookstore owner was sentenced to state prison Tuesday after
pleading no contest to charges he orchestrated a scheme to steal thousands of
textbooks with the help of employees from four school districts. Corey
Frederick, 44, pleaded no contest to four felony counts of embezzlement and one
felony count of bribing a public officer, according to the Los Angeles County
District Attorney's Office. Frederick, who owned Doorkeeper Textz, was sentenced
to 5 years and 8 months in a state prison and must also pay $793,306 in
restitution to the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to county
officials. Investigators said Frederick paid more than $200,000 in bribes to a
dozen employees of LAUSD and school districts in Inglewood, Lynwood and
Bellflower over the course of two years. Some employees received as much as
$47,000 for the stolen textbooks. Frederick and a dozen other people were
charged in August 2013, and all but one person has now been convicted, according
to the D.A.'s Office.
Serial shoplifter face years in prison