Sledgehammers, cans of pepper spray and less than one minute
- four professional crooks swipe $100,000 of jewelry in
broad daylight from a San Carlos store Tuesday
The men, clad in orange-and-black masks, stormed the Home
Consignment Center at about noon and smashed the cases in
the San Francisco area. "The only thing that was heard was
when one of them yelled three times, ‘Time! Time! Time!’”
said sales associate Tom Stout, adding that the man who
spoke was the getaway driver. The four men -- described only
as white males about 20 years old with tall, thin builds --
could be connected with incidents at two other Home
Consignment Center stores in the Bay Area that were robbed
during the past two years. "We think it's the same folks,"
he said. "The style of robbery is the same."
Alleged Spokane theft ring busted for stealing TVs
The Spokane Police Department believes it stopped an alleged
theft ring responsible for thousands of dollars in stolen
property with the arrest of four suspects. Police began
receiving reports of stolen LCD TV’s from local Kmart, Walmart and Rite Aid locations a few weeks ago. In each
case, the suspects would flee in a black Honda Civic. The
break in the case came after a theft at a Shadle Park Rite
Aid on Sunday. The clerk told police two men walked out of
the store with a TV around 4 p.m. An officer patrolling
nearby spotted the Civic near Rockwell and Stevens.
Woman ring leader of ORC gang busted hitting Target stores
in Houston for thousands in baby formula A
woman suspected of being the ringleader of a large group of
thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of baby formula
from Houston area Target stores, according to Houston
police. Laagunettar Dawn Wilhite, 33, was charged with
organized retail theft. Police said more suspects are
expected to be charged in the future.
Former State Department employee pleads guilty in an
identity theft scheme that led to illegal transactions with
credit cards Working in the Passport Office,
26-year-old Rodney Quarles accessed the files of at least 700
people, court papers said. Working with a co-conspirator, a
mail sorter for the U.S. Postal Service stole credit cards
from envelopes, and the names on these cards were passed
along to Quarles. Using his position at the State
Department, Quarles used the agency's database to retrieve
personal information to activate the credit card accounts.
The identity theft ring stole credit cards and used them to
obtain about $72,000 worth of ATM withdrawals, jewelry,
electronics, gift cards and designer clothing.
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