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Former Snap-on employee accused of Million Dollar Theft  One of the Wisconsin's largest employers suffered a million-dollar theft at the hands of a former employee, Kenosha police said. Police said they believe Nathan Wrobel used at least three rental trucks to remove stolen tools. eBay is loaded with thousands of listings for Snap-on tools, but nothing quite like the listings that popped up late last year. Prosecutors said someone was selling brand new complete metric tool sets worth more than $30,000 for a quarter of the price. The listings weren't hard to notice when Kenosha-based Snap-on realized nearly 30 of those massive sets were missing from a warehouse in Kenosha a few blocks from their headquarters. The company hired a private security firm to track down the missing tools. According to the criminal complaint in the case, the investigator traced the online sales to a Kenosha body shop, where a search warrant last week turned up tools and packaging from the huge tool sets. That led to Wrobel, 41, a convicted bank robber, who was working at Snap-on driving a forklift. He's now criminally charged with going in after-hours to burglarize more than two dozen of the tool sets and accepting a kickback on the illicit online sales. The investigation is ongoing and more people could still be charged.

Yakima, WA Thieves smash into Country Farm & Garden  Thieves smashed their way into a Yakima home and garden store early Thursday morning, stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. KIMA spoke to the store manager, who said what happened makes him sick to his stomach. In the midst of blooms, a broken door. It's where three people entered Country Farm & Garden on Washington and stole what they could. Leroy said it happened in the middle of the night when the store was locked up. He said the suspects jumped the fence, then came around back. According to Leroy, the suspects picked up a heavy garden stone and used it to shatter the back door. Surveillance video shows the thieves inside, stealing from the grow aisle. Making off with lights, soil, nutrients and other merchandise -- items that together could help grow marijuana. About $3,500 worth in all.

Insurance Broker Pleads Guilty in Phony $3.7M Cargo Insurance Scam
In an operation the FBI called "theft and greed on a large scale," a former insurance broker has pleaded guilty to bilking nearly 800 trucking companies out of $3.7 million for phony cargo insurance. John Paul Kill, the former operator of Appeal Insurance Agency LLC, has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Kill collected over $3.7 million from hundreds of companies for fraudulent cargo insurance policies. "This case was about theft and greed on a large scale," said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office. "Mr. Kill displayed a complete disregard for his client companies, leaving them legally and fiscally vulnerable while allowing them to believe that they had appropriate insurance coverage." According to Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn, Kill operated an insurance brokerage firm in Norcross, Georgia, and began offering cargo insurance policies to trucking companies in 2013. Kill falsely told clients that he would bind cargo insurance policies through Lloyd's of London. In the insurance industry, binding coverage serves as an agreement between the insurance provider and insured parties to provide insurance coverage. In reality, Kill did not bind any policies with Lloyd's. Instead, he pocketed the premium payments.

Fond du Lac, WI Serial Thief Nabbed for Price Swapping; assaults store employee  A Fond du Lac woman with a history of retail theft almost struck again in Howards Grove. 37 year old Jessica Croissant faces charges for her actions at the Howards Grove Piggly Wiggly March 29. Security cameras show Croissant taking price stickers from discounted items and placing them on other merchandise. When a store worker confronted her, she drove away with nothing - but not before striking a person twice who tried to stop her from leaving. When a Sheboygan Sheriff's deputy interviewed her, she said she did not steal anything, but details were hard to remember. Croissant made her initial court appearance Thursday for altering retail prices and negligent use of a vehicle misdemeanors.

Three arrested in Jackson County, AL for two county shoplifting spree  A car clocked at more than 100 mph led to three arrests and the end of a shoplifting spree that spanned two counties. Dimesha Kirk, 25, Marquita Estes, 24, and Destiny Jackson, 24, are facing five counts of possession of stolen merchandise when the vehicle they were traveling in was stopped on Highway 72 in Hollywood, AL on Wednesday, Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler stopped the vehicle after he clocked it traveling at 102 mph. Hepler said that after one of the passengers gave him false identification, he became suspicious. Those suspicions led to a search of the vehicle and that's when the Hepler found numerous items in the truck that led him to realize the items had been stolen. "I started noticing there were tags, security tags, on the property and you had multiple items of the same thing," said Hepler. Kirk, Estes, and Jackson were then arrested and booked into the Jackson County jail. Police also cited Jackson for obstruction, reckless endangerment, and excessive speeding. In all, merchandise from five different stores in Madison and Jackson counties were recovered. Hepler said he's working to return the stolen items to the stores.

$1,500 of Designer Sunglasses stolen in Albany, GA
An Albany optical store is fed up with shoplifters, and is asking for help identifying two ladies who they believe took $1,500 worth of merchandise Saturday afternoon. The Hour Glass staff says they were very busy, when these two ladies strolled over to the sunglass display. Watch as the woman in the turquoise top apparently takes a pair of Gucci sunglasses off the rack, and slips it into her purse. She and her friend in the pink come back to the sunglasses in another minute, and the lady in the turquoise grabs two more pair of sunglasses off the rack and again apparently stuffs them into her purse on the way out. Store officials say they are shocked at her boldness. There were five pairs of sunglasses in all missing, but the ladies were blocked from view of the camera where two more pair were taken. The three lady's sunglasses were worth $500 each.

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