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ORC 5-11-15




Fencing Operation: Two Tucson bars busted for selling stolen liquor  A Tucson bar owner is in hot water for allegedly selling stolen bottles of liquor. The investigation was launched after someone gave police an anonymous tip. Police centered the investigation on the two bars Ruben Borrego owns: Terry and Zeke's near Speedway and Swan and Whisky Tango near Broadway and Kolb. Borrego is accused of buying stolen liquor bottles at $10 each from an associate and selling it. In these exclusively obtained court records, the owner is accused of buying all kinds of stolen liquor: Hennessy, Grey Goose Vodka, Patron Silver Tequila, Crown Royal, Johnny Walker Black, among others at a fraction of the retail cost. Whisky Tango is also on their radar. These documents say a man, Kevin Barnes, stole bottles of liquor from Fry's and Safeway at least 40 times and sold them to Borrego. Borrego is accused of making lists of what he wanted Barnes to steal. Tucson police became aware of this and put an undercover officer to work. Several alleged transactions were made between Borrego and the officer over a period of months in the sting operation. Police say the total amount of stolen goods equals nearly $6,200. Tucson police served search warrants on the two bars. Among the items confiscated were several bottles of liquor.  The Fry's Division in Arizona worked with the Tucson PD on this case and provided all the liquor for the reverse buys. Thanks Denny Dansak, Sr Corporate Manager, Organized Retail Crime for Kroger, for this submission.

2 charged in connection with almost $10,000 loss at Wal-Mart in Johnson City, TN  Johnson City Police Department officers have placed two men under arrest after an investigation revealed they stole almost $10,000 from Wal-Mart, according to a news release. Police arrested 29-year-old Kelly L. Adkins, 6954 Burke Lane, Talbott, and 44-year-old Daniel R. Smith, 195 Coal Chute Road, Elizabethton, on Friday after an investigation by the store's loss-prevention team revealed the pair had stolen $9,329.90 from Wal-Mart, 3111 Browns Mill Road, police said. The news release says the two acquired the money over a six-month period by fraudulent means. JCPD officers charged the pair with embezzlement and jailed them in the Washington County Detention Center, where they were being held on a $10,000 bond.

San Antonio, TX Police bust fake ID, Credit card ring  Christopher Allen Tondre, 22, and Timothy Ferguson, 33, were arrested in a credit card fraud case that stretches across Texas and all the way to California. Tondre was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. Ferguson was charged with tampering with a governmental record. Police said the men were staying at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio on March 30 when hotel staff began to suspect the two men of using fake IDs and credit cards. When police arrived, they found the men in possession of more than 100 pieces of identifying information belonging to ID theft victims. The men used the information to illegally purchase goods and services. Police also found a credit card embosser and credit card reader inside their rooms. Ferguson has been released from the Bexar County Jail. Tondre is still behind bars, being held on a $50,000 bond.

Nearly $4K Worth of Polo Shirts Stolen From Northbrook, IL Store
A complainant, a store employee in the 1500 block of Lake Cook Rd., heard the store's sensor alarm activate at 5 p.m. on May 3. She walked to the front of the store to investigate and noticed polo shirts from a display table missing. The complainant estimated that between 80-100 shirts were taken which amounted to a $3,750 loss.

Hadley, MA Police arrest 2 for stealing $1,500 in fishing poles, life jackets, clothing from Walmart  Two women accused of stealing more than $1,500 worth of fishing poles, life jackets, fishing lures and clothing from Walmart are to be arraigned on larceny charges Monday. The two women were spotted around 5 p.m. by security officers in the Walmart. They were acting suspiciously, selecting merchandise without checking prices and placing it in a laundry basket and other containers. When officers arrived one of the suspects had already left the store with most of the merchandise. However security cameras caught her getting into her car and driving away, he said. Meanwhile they arrested one suspect, who was still at the store. After she was booked, police allowed her to leave on bail but questioned how she was to get home and kept her under surveillance as she walked from the station. Shortly afterward they found the second suspect picking her up and officers arrested her at about 7:30 p.m. on a warrant, Police said.

UK: West End 'matriarch' Denise Davison and her gang jailed for slick shoplifting scam  A shoplifting gang led by a West End "matriarch" is today behind bars after stealing goods worth thousands in a series of slick raids. Denise Davison, 56, headed up the organized gang who targeted stores in Eldon Square, the Metrocentre, Kingston Park and Team Valley. A court heard one of the main crooks - shoplifting addict Shona Potts - even wore disguises including a blond wig and a deerstalker hat to try to avoid being identified. But they didn't realize police had them under surveillance and watched on three days as the gang carried out raids at a series of shops. Now Davison, who appeared in court in a wheelchair and was described as a "matriarchal figure", has been jailed along with other members of the conspiracy. Nicola Gardner, Shauna Potts, and David Thompson are also behind bars while Joy Findley, Anthony Davison - Denise's son - and money launderer Lyndsey Miller all got suspended prison sentences. Judge Penny Moreland, at Newcastle Crown Court, also confiscated Denise Davison's BMW and her son's VW Passat, which were used in the offences. The judge said: "This was an agreement to steal from shops in a way which was highly organized. "All of you who pleaded guilty to the conspiracy can properly be described as professional shoplifters."

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