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Identity theft ring of 3 busted last week in Fremont, CA. Police say they found them with stolen personal checks, other personal information that did not belong to them, several laptops, and altered checks. They arrested the three suspects and also charged them with receiving known stole property. The investigation continues and it is unclear if any retailers had been hit. Anyone with information about this incident can call police at 510-790-6800. (Source

Champs store employee works with restaurant credit card thief, stealing $24,000.
Niquarus Rawls works at the Chili's on US 17, north of US 92 in DeLand, Florida. Investigators say Rawls has been stealing card numbers over the past several months. He then used the cards to buy merchandise and gift cards at the Champs Sports store at Seminole Town Center in Sanford. An employee at the Champs store, Shaira Garcia, has also been arrested. Garcia is accused of manually keying-in stolen card numbers. The purchases totaled about $24,000. Investigators are also looking to see whether employees of Wal-Mart’s in Ocoee and Clermont may also have been involved in this crime. (Source

Portland, OR Mom gets 4 days jail for running a home based black market mini-mart.
Orquidea Interian-Castillo, a mother of four, declined to say anything at her sentencing Tuesday. But after her arrest in March, she told investigators she'd been selling stolen merchandise out of her apartment for three years. In March, investigators from Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons said organized retail theft operations in apartment complexes have been popping up throughout the metro area, especially in east Multnomah County. They estimate Interian-Castillo's operation may have cost them $200,000 a year in losses. The Judge had ordered $20,000 in restitution, four days in jail and two years of probation. (Source

Delaware man accused of Organized Retail Theft on 31 counts. Derick Colon shoplifted nearly $1,000 in merchandise from the Walmart in Milford, Delaware. Colon was accused of using tools to remove the merchandise from its packaging on 30 occasions between July and August. (Source

Five teens wanted in Brooklyn sneaker store robbery. Police are searching for five teenagers caught on security camera robbing a sneaker store in Brooklyn. The incident happened just after 2 p.m. last Monday afternoon at Lee's Sneakers in East New York. Police say five teens burst into the store. One, wearing a blue shirt, appears to point a gun at a worker. The suspects then ransacked the place, taking hats, clothes and a laptop. (Source

Group responsible for 40 robberies of Oxycontin could be living in Ottawa. The group, believe to be men from Somalia may be connected to 10 bank robberies as well as 30 pharmacy robberies all over Canada. Police know the crimes are connected; they have video of the same suspects hitting three to five robberies in a single day. (Source

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