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Gift-card scammers rounded up by authorities face charges of ID theft, forgery Five Columbus, Ohio suspects arrested after a raid of a car, two homes, and a business (Easy Mart) turned up files of gift cards that where encoded with stolen credit card numbers. After a year long investigation federal investigators found encoding machines and busted five people. The scheme was of attaching stolen credit card numbers to gift cards with an encoding machine and then using the gift cards as credit cards. The federal case broke open in April after a Columbus man was stopped by a West Virginia deputy. Numerous gift cards were found in his vehicle and a Secret Service forensic examination revealed that 51 were encoded with stolen credit-card numbers from across the country. "This is the new crime," Schuck said today. "This is a small piece of the puzzle, but it’s a big puzzle." Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer says members of the alleged criminal ring were collecting $10,000 a day each. (Source (Source

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Authorities bust "major crime ring" where four suspects would commit "elaborate" smash-and-grab robberies at jewelry stores in Houston. Investigators said Nicholas Bernard Payne, 33; Desmond Demonte O’Quinn, 18; Philemon Lee Denton, 40 and a fourth suspect, known only as “Roy,” would rush into the high-end jewelry stores – wearing dark clothing and hoodies – then use sledgehammers to smash the display cases and rip-off the merchandise. They would then turn over the stolen goods to Mosquedas Jewelry at 8205 Broadway in exchange for cash. The four robbery suspects were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. The Mosquedas were also charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. HPD Youtube video shows the suspects committing a robbery at an Austin pawn shop, then being paid for the stolen jewelry by the Mosquedas. In the video, "Roy" is wearing a large white hat and counting money. At the end of the video, he is the person in the vehicle wearing a black shirt. (Source

Organized crime group from Southern California possibly involved in a number of burglaries in San Luis Obispo area A number of well thought out burglaries have taken place since January. Where the suspects seemed to "take their time" while inside and cutting holes through back doors, fencing, and roll-up doors. "These are definitely a little more sophisticated than the typical burglaries we see, such as a 'smash and grab,'" SLO Lt. Keith Storton told New Times, adding that the crimes are still under investigation. (Source

Five suspects indicted for organized retail theft in Sequin, TX. Gloria Vasquez, 27, of Seguin, organized retail theft, $500 or more, less than $1,500; Roger Allen West, 46, of Seguin, organized retail theft, $500 or more, less than $1,500; Chanda Elaine Woods, 34, of Seguin, organized retail theft, $500 or more, less than $1,500; Joseph Adam Woods, 33, of Seguin, organized retail theft, $500 or more, less than $1,500; David Soto, 25, of Schertz, organized retail theft, $500 or more, less than $1,500. (Source

Two females charged with fraudulent credit cards and identity theft in the theft of $4000 in NJ. Lord and Taylor spotted the two females in the store and notified Police. Upon a stop and search of the car, numerous fake credit cards and identifications were recovered along with $4000 in merchandise from retailers in the Garden State Plaza. (Source

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