Fencing Operation: Convenience store manager confesses - food stamp fraud scheme
& turning baby formula into cash - year-long investigation Kroger
shoplifter turns informant and helps police with multiple buys from JD's Mart in
Louisville, Ky. Stealing baby formula from Kroger and selling it to the c-store
manager for cash was the scheme but the investigation uncovered a larger scheme.
Police found 93 debit cards for food stamps. Begum confessed to her role in the
food stamp fraud Monday and pleaded guilty in Jefferson Circuit Court. The store
manager faced neraly 100 theft and fraud charges but was given three years
diversion. The store must pay a $20,000 fine and can no longer accept EBT or WIC
benefits if it opens again.
$9,000 Murfreesboro Theft from Amazon hits Ebay
Amazon reported a sizable theft in recent days. An employee at the Murfreesboro
site on Joe B. Jackson Parkway allegedly stole several thousand dollars' worth
of electronics and sold them on Ebay. A loss prevention worker was able to track
the stolen items down which is what led to the report. Suspect Stephen Holder
wrote out a statement admitting to the theft. Police say that Holder informed
them that he had been stealing from Amazon since April of 2015 and would conceal
items inside his wallet, his pants or his shoes and then exit the building. Some
of the merchandise was found in his vehicle, other merchandise had already been
sold via Ebay. At this time, the estimated loss totals about $9,000.
arrested, two wanted for $30,000 Shoplifting in Winchester, VA The
Winchester Police Department arrested and charged a man for allegedly
shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from stores in at least
two different states. Investigators are still looking for two other suspects.
Henrry Aguilar, 20 was charged with possession of stolen property, driving
without a license and obstruction of justice for giving police false identities
of the two other suspects. He is being held without bond at the Northwestern
Regional Adult Detention Center. Officers arrested Aguilar Friday during a
traffic stop, after being called to Belk at Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.
They were told a man and woman left the store with a suitcase and shopping bag
full of clothing. "Officers got information on the vehicle that the suspects
left in. Another officer initiated a traffic stop with that vehicle, and they
searched that vehicle and found numerous stolen items," said Lauren Cummings,
spokesperson for the Winchester Police Department. The merchandise was stolen
not only from Apple Blossom Mall, but as far away as Frederick, Md.
Investigators are still searching for the other two suspects who ran from the
vehicle when it was pulled over. The Winchester Police Department is still
determining how many stores were hit and how long similar thefts in the area
have been occurring. "We're still determining the exact dollar amount on all of
the stolen merchandise, but we believe it to be somewhere around $20,000 to
$30,000," Cummings said.
$11,000 worth of Victoria's Secret underwear stolen from The Shoppes at River
Crossing, Macon, GA The Victoria's Secret in Macon has been shedding
lingerie. Bras and panties worth $11,408 have gone missing from the store --
likely the work of thieves -- since early this month. The day after Mother's
Day, a store worker called Bibb County sheriff's deputies to report that an
"unknown person" had taken $5,669 in undergarments the previous weekend and
$5,739 more disappeared that weekend. In the second theft, 92 pieces of what a
deputy's write-up described as "ladies wear" were taken from The Shoppes at
River Crossing store.
Career criminal busted in elaborate theft of DVD players in Decatur, IL
Decatur Police and loss prevention officers from Walmart used video surveillance
to hunt down a sophisticated shoplifter who had walked out of a store with more
than $1,200 worth of DVD players. Sworn police statements say Charles Miller,
51, was found working an "inventory reduction sale" Saturday at the Macon County
Fairgrounds and was recognized from pictures pulled from video surveillance. He
was arrested and allegedly broke down and confessed to patrol officer Michael
Claypool. "Charles was upset and said he suffered from a heroin addiction," said
Claypool in his statement. "Charles made an unsolicited statement that he had
stolen the items to pay for his addiction." Loss prevention officers at the
Walmart store had become suspicious a crime had been committed on Thursday, when
a child's buggy was found dumped in the bicycle aisle without its box packaging.
Surveillance video was reviewed and it allegedly showed a man matching Miller's
description entering the store earlier Thursday and later cutting the buggy out
of its cardboard box. Leaving the empty box in the bicycle aisle, Miller
proceeds to make several trips to the electronics section and returns to the
buggy box, eventually filling it with 15 DVD players.
Robbery suspect in Lexington Co. SC caught selling stolen painkillers
Lexington County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman on Monday after they say
she was trying to seal prescription painkillers from a CVS store. Shanna Marie
Daigle, 25, was charged after a deputy responded to a call concerning the
robbery at the CVS Pharmacy at 2908 Emanuel Church Road, Lexington County
Sheriff Jay Koon said. The deputy saw a person who matched the description of
the robber exit the front door of the pharmacy and get in the driver's seat of a
gray 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup truck that was parked in the pharmacy's parking
lot, Koon said. Deputies say several bottles of prescription painkillers,
including methadone, Oxycontin and hydrocodone fell out of Daigle's clothing
when the deputy took her into custody. According to the arrest warrant, Daigle
walked into the pharmacy with her hand in her pocket, leading employees to think
she was armed with a gun. The warrant said Daigle demanded that employees at the
pharmacy counter provide her with all the prescription painkillers in stock.
Holmes Beach, FL man busted at The Home Depot in refund scam
A Holmes Beach man about to face a June trial for heroin possession and related
charges was arrested in connection with a shoplifting scheme. William Ariss
Brown, 30, was arrested May 7 by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office after he
allegedly placed two 5-gallon cans of paint in a shopping cart at Home Depot in
Bradenton, and left the store without paying. In the parking lot, he allegedly
gave the cart to a woman who attempted to return the paint to Home Depot for
gift cards. The escapade was caught on video and witnessed by the store's loss
prevention officer, according to the MCSO report. MCSO deputies arrested Brown
for felony theft and transported him to the Manatee County jail. Brown had been
out on bond after a March arrest in Longboat Key for heroin possession, driving
on a suspended license and possessing paraphernalia.
Bryan, TX Police, with the help of a confidential informant, seized a U-Haul van
stacked with $19,000 dollars of tires and wheels stolen from a new car dealer in
Hallettsville According to the arrest report, the undercover
operation...which started Friday night at seven...ended Saturday morning around
6:30 with the arrest of 23 year old Denzel Ellis of Bryan. According to jail
records, Ellis is also wanted in Madison County to serve six months for failure
to pay child support.
fraud suspect wanted by several agencies arrested in Kentwood, MI
Authorities with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department say a woman who was
facing charges for a number of retail fraud complaints has been arrested in Kent
County. Simpson, 36, is currently being held in the Kent County Jail.
Authorities say she was arrested during a shoplifting complaint investigation in
the Kentwood area. Authorities in Kalamazoo County issued a bulletin last week
saying Simpson was wanted by at least 4 separate law enforcement agencies on
eight outstanding warrants linked to retail fraud. Investigators say they'll
seek enhanced charged from the Organized Retail Fraud Crime Act following her
Brockville, On CN Walmart shoplifters attempted to flee with $700 in merchandise
Two women were arrested after leaving the Brockville Walmart store on Friday,
according to city police. The suspects were apprehended with merchandise valued
at about $700. One of the women distracted staff while the other wheeled out a
cart full of items, a police news release stated. The 35-year-old women from the
Kanata area were charged with theft and given court dates.