One woman ORC thief hits Palais Royal stores (Stage Stores)
for two years in Houston, TX Houston police
are searching for an alleged thief who they say made off
with more than $34,000 in clothing from several Houston-area
Palais Royal stores over a two-year period, Harris County
prosecutors said. Maria Mendez, also known as Martha Laura
Mendez, has been charged with organized retail theft in the
cases, which span from Dec. 28, 2009, to Sept. 21, 2012.
Houston police said that Mendez committed more organized
retail thefts in the Houston area throughout 2010 and 2011.
Three arrested in Alabama with 400 counterfeit debit/credit
suspects from North Carolina have been arrested in Oxford,
Alabama in connection with 400 debit/ credit and gift cards.
A clerk at a convenience store confiscated one of the cards
the suspect tried to use and contacted police.
Union Square store in San Francisco hit by girl gang
Police are hunting for seven young women who
reportedly barged into a Union Square store with empty
shopping bags Friday and swiped several pricey items. None
of the thieves made any effort to be discreet, police said,
as they immediately darted for the shelves and shoved
high-value loot into their bags. Last year, the manager of a
boutique clothing store on Grant Street said as many as
eight girls had been entering smaller stores, stealing items
and then fleeing in getaway cars. The smaller shops are
targeted because they lack the security of larger department
stores, police have said. The Tenderloin and Southern police
stations have teamed up to stop the various versions of
"organized retail crime" that have increased nationwide.
They will have a plan in place to deal with shoplifting for
the holiday season, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza
Two Alabama men accused of $10,000 in theft from Lowes.
Christopher Spruiell of Adamsville and Terry Ford of
Bessemer were arrested in connection with the robbery of the
Graysville Lowe’s Home Improvement store early last week.
Stolen were high-ticket items like chainsaws, drills and
paint sprayers. Estimates indicate that the combined thefts
from Lowe’s could be more than $10,000 worth of merchandise
at this time. The two are also believed to have hit The Home
Depot in the area counties as well. (Source
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