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ORC 5-27-15




3 men arrested in $70,000 Sprint cellphone heist in Pittsburgh Mills Mall  Three men have been charged by Frazer police in the theft of $70,000 worth of cellphones from Pittsburgh Mills mall. Police Chief Terry Kuhns said they are responsible for two burglaries at a Sprint store in the mall, one in March and another Monday night. In addition, Kuhns said Penn Hills police are expected to file charges against the trio for a May 4 burglary at a Radio Shack store in Penn Hills. Kuhns said those arrested are Alan Walls, 23, and Decarlos Smith, 19, and Dominique Walls, 22. Eleven cellphones worth about $9,000 were taken in the first Sprint burglary March 18. On Monday, the burglars made off with about 90 cellphones worth about $61,500. "All were high-end cellphones like Galaxies," Kuhns said." They had big duffle bags and just loaded them up. "The first one, they entered through the front security gate," he said. "Alan Walls is a former Sprint employee and he had an access key." Kuhns said the burglary on Monday involved Alan Walls prying open a rear entry door to the Sprint Store. Alan Walls had been a suspect in the first burglary because he was a former employee and had not turned in his access key, Kuhns said.

Thieves roll away with $40,000 worth of tires in Manatee Co, FL; possible ties to statewide $175,000 investigation  The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a lucrative truck tire theft operation that could be connected to several other similar heists statewide. Sunday night around 11 p.m., two men stole two rental box trucks from All U Can Storage then used those trucks to load up and steal $40,000 worth of truck tires from GCR Tires, Manatee officials said. That same store was hit in December much in the same way. In January, Ocala Police investigated a similar heist where $48,000 worth of tires was stolen from a Goodyear store using a stolen box truck. The Lee County Sheriff's Office has an open case into $75,000 worth of tires taken from a store in September, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office opened a case in Tampa where $12,000 worth of tires was ripped off from a Tampa store in August 2013.

Victoria's Secret theft ring targeting Lexington, Louisville, and Southern Indiana  The Lexington police crime of the week highlights a team targeting Victoria's Secret stores in Lexington, Louisville and southern Indiana. During each theft, as shown here, between two and four females enter the stores carrying large bags in which they load thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in under a minute before fleeing.

Thieves break into Victoria's Secret store in San Antonio, TX  Thousands of dollars of merchandise was stolen from a Victoria's Secret store located on the Northwest Side. Police say two women broke into the Huebner Oaks store at about 12a.m. on Wednesday. A Victoria's Secret loss prevention employee said the break-in was monitored from another store, apparently through some type of surveillance system. The two women could be seen making several trips with the stolen items to their car. About $8,000 worth of merchandise was taken. The same store was hit by burglars last week. Another $8,000 worth of items were taken in that burglary as well.

Peoria, AZ Thieves target high-end hair care products at valley salons
Three separate salons have been targeted by thieves over the past year. In all three robberies the crooks targeted very specific, and very expensive items. And early Tuesday morning, a fourth salon was broken into. The robbers again took high priced products, making off with tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise. The owner believes her shop was the latest target in this salon crime spree. The crooks and the methods in this latest smash and grab incident have a lot in common with at least three other robberies in the past year. The two thieves with covered faces, two garbage bins, left with tens of thousands of Aveda Hair Products vanished within a matter of minutes. It's the same MO as three other robberies at salons in the valley that carry Aveda products.

Clarkstown, NY Police Department arrests $3,700 Best Buy ID theft suspect
On May 24, 2015 at approximately 1:20 p.m. the Clarkstown Police Department responded to a report of possible fraud at the Best Buy Store, located at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack. Police say Akuudo Petrie, 25, of Brooklyn, NY attempted to purchase merchandise by opening a credit card account using a South Carolina driver's license from another person. The amount of her purchase was $3,700. After a brief investigation it was determined that Petrie had a fraudulent driver's license as well as a fraudulent credit card.

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