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Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, and Kohl's Hit By Identity Theft Ring 7 suspects used the stolen identities of over 180 people with active store credit accounts at Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, Kohl’s, and other retail stores. The ring leader would obtain stolen identities including names and social security numbers of legitimate account holders and then purportedly called the customer service numbers at the retail stores to confirm that the victims had credit accounts and to determine the available credit limit. Then with fake driver's licenses send in his runners who would charge merchandise and gift cards. Then go to other stores and return the goods. (Source

Suspected statewide retail theft crew "The Barbie Bandits" cleans out Columbia Center, $70,000 In mid December Kennewick, WA, police responded to a theft call at Toys R Us and arrested one of two suspects and found 200 items of stolen merchandise valued at $4,000 in their vehicle. From this, it was learned that nine other stores in and around the Columbia Center Mall had also been struck by the thieves, including Burlington Coat Factory, Abercrombie & Fitch, Claire’s Boutique, Victoria Secret, Bath and Body, Children’s Place, American Eagle, Hollister, and Aeropostale. Subsequent investigation revealed the identities of two other suspects, 28-yr-old Tera A. Quarles (Marmolejo) and 26-yr-old Maria S. Zarate. Both of these females are from Moses Lake, as well. On Tuesday 1/10/12, Kennewick Police Detectives, together with the U.S. Marshals Service and Moses Lake Police, executed search warrants at the residences of the remaining two suspects in Moses Lake. They were taken into custody and more evidence was seized at their homes valued in excess of $50,000 to $70,000. There was property left at the residence that investigators could not prove was stolen that was valued at three times of what was seized. It is believed that this organized retail theft ring may have connections to Spokane, Tacoma, and Seattle. All three suspects have been charged by the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office with felony Organized Retail Theft. (Source

Serial shoplifting husband wife team caught at Wal-Mart in East Peoria, IL, Nicole Clark and her husband had traveled to Walmarts "all over Illinois" to ply their practiced skills at retail theft of thousands of dollars of items — including video games, DVDs and computer software — that they could conceal in a purse or bookbag, according to her statement recorded in an affidavit filed by the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office. Nicole Clark said they had stolen thousands of dollars worth of Walmart ware throughout the state and reaped the profits from their black-market sales through a friend of her husband. (Source

Three NY brothers-four others charged in million dollar identity theft ring Three brothers from Seaford were arrested today as part of a seven-member identity theft ring that stole more than 180 people’s store credit accounts to obtain more than $1 million in merchandise, gift cards and store credits. (Source

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