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Judge orders 'stay away from Walgreens'; Marshfield, MA man's $10K phony receipt scheme ends  A Marshfield man's $10,000 phony receipt scheme that has reached almost every New England State came to an end Wednesday when a Wrentham District Court judge ordered him to stay away from all Walgreens stores. Matthew Savage, 30, was arraigned on two charges of shoplifting by asportation and one charge of the false creation of a UPC or sales receipt. Judge Michael Vitali released Savage on personal recognizance and ordered him to stay away from all Walgreens stores. The charges stem from a Tuesday arrest in which Savage is alleged to have pulled his scheme in Medway. According to affidavits filed by Medway Police officers, the Walgreens store on Main Street reported a shoplifting at 4:51 p.m. Tuesday. Store employees told police that the suspect, later identified as Savage, matched a description of a suspect in similar incidents "in which items are taken off the shelf (and) returned to Walgreens locations throughout the state," specifically "high value thermometer or blood pressure meters," police said. A receipt is scribbled on to deface the receipt so an employee can't clearly read the printing, and the suspect asks for the receipt back, police said, citing the store's the loss prevention findings. "They reported that the history has shown successful returns in amounts of up to $10,000," police said.

Suspects try to get money back for stolen merchandise from The Home Depot in Las Vegas  Three people were arrested Sunday after a woman attempted to get a refund on stolen merchandise at a Home Depot. Gary Allen Finch, 51, Louis Vincent Messina, 50, and Laura Elizabeth Flate, 37, all of Pahrump, are in the Nye County Detention Center. Flate faces charges of burglary; conspiracy to commit burglary; forgery; possession controlled substance; possession drug paraphernalia; possession fictitious driver's license; possession of stolen property; and obtain money by false pretense. Messina and Messina each face charges of conspiracy to commit burglary; and possession of stolen property. Nye County Sheriff's Offices deputies say Flate had been caught removing merchandise from the store out the back door and getting into an SUV. A search of the vehicle turned up evidence of stolen property from Home Depot as well as O'Reilly Auto parts. Home Depot earlier identified Flate, Messina and Finch as suspects involved in a large theft ring involving Home Depot in Pahrump and Las Vegas.

Suspect denies involvement in Walmart scam, says 'everyone has a twin'  A woman police say was captured on surveillance video conducting a gift card scheme at a Walmart denies having any involvement, instead, blaming the crime on her doppelganger. Brittany Roshaun Jacobs-Addison, 26, was charged with theft. According to Baytown police, Loss Prevention personnel at a Walmart were notified on April 3 after one of the registers was short $4,500. Upon investigation, they learned that a store employee had fallen victim to a common gift card scam. Surveillance video taken the night before shows two women entering the store, walking to Register 19 and grabbing a stack of Visa pre-paid gift cards. Jacobs-Addison had four cards and her accomplice had five. Investigators say Jacobs-Addison swiped the gift cards in the scanner, then made it appear as if she paid for them by swiping a credit or debit card. The woman then canceled the transaction, causing an error message to appear on the cashier's screen. The cashier said Jacobs-Addison told her to press the "cash" button to make the transaction work and that their bank would sort out any problems. The cashier followed those instructions, then filled the gift cards with $500 each, for a total of $2,000 for Jacobs-Addison. The accomplice used the same method to load her gift cards, then both women exited the store. After viewing surveillance footage, investigators recognized Jacobs-Addison as a person who had previously victimized another Walmart in Baytown. Police had Jacob-Addison's information on file and tracked her down. When confronted about the video, she denied it was her and told investigators, "They say everyone has a twin somewhere."

Wayne, NJ Police seeking shoplifting family that hit JC Penney for over $1,300 at Wayne Towne Center  Police are seeking the public's help to identify a woman accused of stealing about $1,300 in merchandise from the JC Penney store at the Wayne Towne Center over the weekend. The woman was accompanied by several small children when she entered the store on Saturday afternoon, and she used their backpacks to conceal shoes, women's underwear and athletic wear, Detective Capt. Laurence W. Martin of the Wayne police said in a statement. The store's security guards tried to stop the woman but she pushed and shoved them.

2 plead guilty in central Kentucky bourbon theft ring
Two people have pleaded guilty in connection with a central Kentucky bourbon theft ring. Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Zach Becker told The State Journal that Michael Shaun Ballard and Ronnie Lee Hubbard pleaded guilty Wednesday to amended charges in exchange for cooperating in prosecution of other defendants in the case. WLEX-TV said the men pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to receive stolen property over $10,000. Nine people were charged in the case last month. Officials said the scheme involved tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey since 2008. The case unfolded when barrels were discovered behind a shed behind another defendant's home. Officials have said the theft included pricey Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

Couple charged in Michael Kors handbag thefts from Marshall's in San Antonio  A man and woman are believed to be the pair behind a series of shoplifting cases involving designer handbags stolen from local Marshall's stores. San Antonio police arrested Joey Martinez, 46, and Isabel Trevino, 40, on Wednesday and charged each with about a half dozen counts of theft. The arrest affidavits related to the cases stated that Martinez and Trevino targeted several Marshall's department stores earlier this year and stole Michael Kors purses.

Victoria's Secret store in Richmond Hts, OH hit for $700 in merchandise
Officers responded to a theft report at Victoria's Secret at the Richmond Town Square Mall April 29. Employees said they saw a man and woman run from the store with approximately $700 worth of "limited edition" merchandise in their arms. One of the employees believed two other women, who were in the store at the time, distracted employees so the couple could steal the merchandise.

Man arrested after trying to steal $500 worth of perfume from Wal-Mart in Benton, AR

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