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ORC 6-16-15




Arrest made in $400K blender scam tied to local Williams-Sonoma and Bed Bath & Beyond in Tampa  The Secret Service says Kevin Wain used fraudulent credit cards to buy hundreds of the blenders, as well as Roomba vacuums, which he sold on eBay at a discount.  Wain, 40, was arrested by the Secret Service and charged with access device fraud, accused of using stolen credit information to purchase more than $400,000 in merchandise from Williams-Sonoma and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Many of the purchases were made at the Williams-Sonoma in Wesley Chapel, according to a complaint affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. A company fraud investigator told the Secret Service that Wain, using the name "Richard Davis," made at least 116 purchases totaling more than $166,000 using 106 different credit cards at that store over a two-year period. He made at least 19 purchases totaling more than $22,000 using 14 different cards at the Tampa store.

Each time, the first credit card "Davis" tried would be declined, according to the affidavit. Sometimes, he would have to go through three or four cards before one would be accepted. The cards didn't have names on them and didn't have account numbers embossed on them.

From September 2012 to February 2015, Wain sold 755 Vitamix blenders on eBay for a total profit of $399,713, according to the affidavit. From March 2013 to February 2015, he sold 197 Roomba vacuums for more than $91,000, according to the affidavit. He also sold nine Dyson DC41 vacuums for more than $3,400.

ORC Razor Crew takes more than $1,800 in razors from Cape Coral Walmart - Have hit for more than $12k  According to the store's loss prevention team, a man grabbed a bag off of a shelf at about 5 a.m. and went directly to the razor aisle. Once there, he took multiple razors and hid them in the bag. The same man and an accomplice tried to take more razors on May 21 at around 2:30 a.m. but were stopped by store employees.  The same men are wanted in connected in retail thefts of razors all over Southwest Florida, totaling more than $12,000. Anyone with information should contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223.

Wilkes-Barre Twp. Police looking for 3 suspects in $3,000 Victoria's Secret theft  Police released a surveillance video from the Victoria's Secret in the Wyoming Valley Mall that shows two men and a woman sneaking "cheeky" panties into bags on June 9. A store manager reported to police that 213 pairs of this brand of underwear were stolen, a value of $3,190.50, authorities said. The surveillance video shows the female holding up a garment to cover the view of the camera, while the men help each other take the merchandise out of the drawers and place them into a bag. When the suspects were finished clearing out one drawer, they left it open and moved onto the next. According to the video, the theft occurred around 4:15 p.m., but the employees did not notice the missing items until around 6 p.m. This is the latest in a series of reported thefts at the store, which has now lost nearly $11,000 worth of merchandise. Earlier this year, police investigated at least four separate cases of bra thefts at Victoria's Secret, with approximately 170 bras being stolen in total.

Cranston, RI Police arrest 2 Women stealing $2,000 Worth of Tide Detergent from Stop and Shop supermarkets  Two women sought by Cranston police for a string of Tide laundry detergent thefts from local Stop and Shop supermarkets have been arrested. Tasha Fernette, 25, and Heather Ruge, 26, both of West Warwick, were arrested after police released images of the two women walking out of the Stop and Shop on Garfield Avenue in Cranston on May 30. The pictures showed the pair after they had just loaded a cart with Tide worth about $500, police said The two suspects had just stolen Tide from two other Stop and Shops in Providence and Coventry to the tune of about $2,000 in all. Both women were identified and arrested by police last week.

Alert Best Buy employee catches fake State ID, $945 recovered along with $1,500 from Kohl's  Police said a Brooklyn, N.Y., man's luck ran out on Thursday as after he allegedly successfully skipped out of Kohl's Department store with more than $1,500 of merchandise purchased with fraudulent identification, he was nabbed at Best Buy as he continued his "shopping spree." Police said that Best Buy management called them at 4:47 p.m. on Thursday to report that a man attempted to buy $945.32 worth of video games and headphones and reportedly produced fraudulent New Jersey identification to make the purchase. According to police, 23-year-old Tyrefe Kelly of 1939 Park Pl., Brooklyn, told the cashier that he had forgotten his Best Buy credit card and requested that she look up his card information by name and date of birth. When asked by the cashier to produce identification to confirm his identity, Kelly allegedly handed her a New Jersey identification card that she recognized to be fake. The cashier notified the store manager, who called Norwalk, CT Police.

Akron, OH woman found guilty of stealing purses from Macy's; assaulted an L.P. Agent  Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Parker found Charen Boone guilty of stealing designer purses from Macy's at Chapel Hill Mall and assaulting a Loss Prevention Officer. Boone, 33, of Copley was found guilty of robbery, a second-degree felony. In March, Boone was caught on video surveillance camera cutting security cables connecting designer purses to a display rack at the Macy's at Chapel Hill Mall. Boone walked out of the store with one purse, put it in her car, then came back to the store and was caught cutting a second set of security cables. As Boone walked to the door with two more purses, she was met by store security. Boone pushed the officer, threw her to the ground, and began punching her in the face and chest. Other store employees were able to help the officer get control of Boone. Store security recovered the purses and the scissors Boone used to cut the security cables.

Montgomery, Police seeking a pair of shoplifters that have hit 'My Kids Attic' for months  Police are looking for two women who are accused of shoplifting from a children's boutique in Montgomery. Security surveillance footage of the suspects was released to the public to help identify and locate them. Employees at My Kids Attic at 401 Coliseum Boulevard believe the same people are responsible for stealing items from their store adding that the store has been hit by shoplifters sporadically over the last few month. The store clerk there, said the store's biggest hit was May 16 when five women came in, split up to different parts of the store and stole a few hundred dollars worth of women's clothing, baby clothes, costumes and makeup items. Business video footage of the theft captured two suspects in connection to the shoplifting.

A Chicago Man Charged With Stealing $220 Worth of Aspirin from CVS in Evergreen Park, IL  A Chicago man who takes care of his visually impaired mother was arrested after he allegedly stole $220 worth of aspirin from a CVS store in Evergreen Park. Phillip Willbanks, 49, appeared on a felony retail theft charge before Cook County Judge Peter Felice. Evergreen Park Police responded to a retail theft in progress on Sunday, where Willbanks was observed pocketing aspirin. Prosecutors said that Willbanks had prior arrests for retail theft, domestic battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

ORC female busted hitting Nashville, Tenn., Dillard's for $1,000 worth of Kor's merchandise - selling on the street - 9 previous convictions

ORC 6-16-15
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