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Fencing Operation: Zip Trip in Hutchinson, KS busted for selling stolen merchandise  The owner of Zip Trip Food & Fuel sold cases of Red Bull, Tide and cigarettes believing they were stolen, prosecutors said in charges filed after last week's arrest. Chetankumar Patel, 42, known as Chris Patel, waived his first appearance in court Monday. Patel was officially charged May 27 on possession of a synthetic cannabinoid with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school. Police identified the synthetic cannabinoid as 162 grams of suspected K2. Patel was also charged with possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana when police found 14 grams of the drug in his home and other stolen goods during a search warrant. According to the criminal complaint, the state claims that between April 6 and May 12, Patel sold 47 cases of Red Bull, 16 containers of Tide and two cartons of Marlboro after knowing the goods were stolen. Police previously said Patel purchased what he thought to be stolen goods from a member of Kroger's organized retail crime unit. Investigators also then say the stolen goods, some of which were food items, were placed on the store's shelves for retail sale.

Madison, WI man pulls knife on Walmart Loss Prevention: Police believe man, woman were tampering with price tags  Two people were arrested Friday night after one of them pulled a knife on a security guard at the Walmart on Nakoosa Trail, Madison police said. Walmart staff members watched two shoppers for almost two hours around 6 p.m. Friday because they appeared to be tampering with price tags, according to a release. Police said at one point Nicholas N. Natale, 22, of Sauk City, left the store, and a loss prevention expert followed him outside to a car. Police said the employee was trying to get a picture of the car's license plate when Natale saw the employee, pulled out a knife and said "What are you doing, bro?" Natale ran back into the store to get his alleged accomplice, Annastasia N. Evans, 19, of Sun Prairie, and the couple fled as police were arriving, officials said. Police searched the car, which was being driven by another man, and found numerous cellphones, electronics and drug paraphernalia, according to the release. Investigators are working to determine who owns the items.

Tennessee man pleads guilty to stealing $40,000 of electronics from upstate NY Walmarts  A Tennessee man will face prison for his guilty plea Monday in St. Lawrence County Court for the theft of electronics equipment valued at more than $3,000 from a Massena Walmart. Travynn L. Ippolito, 27, of Clarksville, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of attempted third-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony, in a plea deal with the district attorney's office. The count was reduced from a charge of third-degree grand larceny. The plea deal satisfied a criminal mischief charge pending in Canton Town Court and a third-degree grand larceny charge for alleged thefts of electronics from a Potsdam Walmart. Mr. Ippolito told County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that on Jan. 27, 2014, he unlocked a case in the Massena store containing iPads, iPad minis, and iPod Shuffles valued at more than $3,000 and stole them. Mr. Ippolito worked with two women in the thefts and was charged with stealing more than $40,000 in similar electronics from Walmart stores in Potsdam, Massena and Malone.

Nordstrom employee in Boca Raton, FL accused of $17,000 credit card fraud Nordstrom employee was arrested Saturday for his involvement in a plot to allow customers to use numbers from store credit cards without having the actual cards, police said. Boca Raton police said Kevin Daniels, 28, worked a cashier at the department store. A friend would feed people he knew Nordstrom credit card numbers, and the people would then visit Daniels with their purchases. They would hand him a slip of paper with the credit card number on it, police said, then would make a return later. Daniels and his friend would pocket the money and split it 50/50, according to the arrest report. In total, they made about $17,000. Police said Daniels began working at Nordstrom, at the Boca Town Center mall, in January. Shortly after he began working, he told officers a friend of his approached him and said he had access to Nordstrom account holders' information.

TJ Maxx in North Cornwall, PA busts $3,000 Refunder
Elena Craciun, 40, Reading, PA was charged with making multiple returns to TJ Maxx, 1141 Quentin Road, using counterfeit merchandise and receiving $3,237.98 for the returns on March 31, police said. Craciun was also charged with trademark counterfeiting, police said.

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