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ORC 6-19-15




Grab and Run Thieves target Gucci stores in Boston; over $100,000 in 20 seconds  Thieves are targeting Gucci stores in the Boston area. They have hit two different stores on four occasions, and the haul has been enormous. It happens without warning. "Less than probably 20 seconds," says Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker. "They know exactly what they want." And last Thursday at the Gucci store inside the Bloomingdale's at the Chestnut Hill Mall, it happened again. "Pretty brazen. The first couple of times it was two to three individuals," Apotheker says. "This time, looking at the video, there were six people." Half a dozen men storm into the store, past the employees and straight to the walls, where they pull item after item off the shelves. Gucci purses run into the thousands, and in this instance, the thieves made off with 30 handbags. "They're going to sell it," Apotheker says. "They'll sell it for a fraction of the cost, and that will be used to buy drugs, guns." And here's what's very concerning - it's the fourth robbery at a Gucci in the Boston area since April.

Fencing Operation: Four C-Store Operators busted reselling stolen merchandise in Lebanon, PA  Four people waived their preliminary hearings at Central Court Thursday and were ordered to stand trial on charges that they were involved in a ring that bought and sold merchandise stolen from area retailers. Larry A. Jones, 51, the owner of JT's Buy and Sell, faces trial on charges of corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, organized retail theft enterprise, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, prohibited offensive weapons and a violation of the Pawnbrokers License Act. Investigators alleged that Jones and his employees bought and sold merchandise that others had stolen from area retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Kmart. At the time of Jones' arrest on April 2, Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold said the transactions totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 2 this year.

Thieves steal $37,000 in electronics from Wal-Mart in Horseheads, NY
Chemung County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man and a woman who they said stole $37,000 worth of electronics from the Wal-Mart on County Route 64 in the Town of Horseheads. The duo entered the store and stole the merchandise around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Chemung County Sheriff's Office. A second, similar, larceny also took place at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Painted Post on Thursday. The Sheriff's Department did not indicate whether the two thefts were related.

Women charged in Salem credit fraud scheme plead not guilty
Two women pleaded not guilty in Salem Superior Court on Tuesday to charges that include money laundering and credit card fraud, stemming from an attempt to buy a Rolex watch at a Peabody jeweler last February. But Ylka Acosta, 47 and Carolin Leonardo, 32, could be facing even more charges following an investigation by Peabody Police, the Secret Service and the District Attorney's office. The pair are believed to be part of a New York-based fraud ring that manufactures phony credit cards and identifications using stolen information.

Two San Francisco shoplifters hit Sunglass Hut for $7,000 in merchandise  San Francisco police are looking for two women who allegedly stole more than $7,000 worth of sunglasses from a store at the Stonestown Galleria the afternoon of May 19, 2015. The two women, who police said are between the ages of 16 and 20, entered the store near San Francisco State University around 4 p.m. May 19, said Officer Carlos Manfredi, a police spokesman. With the clerk distracted by another customer, the two thieves allegedly got to work, quickly grabbing at least 24 pairs of sunglasses and stuffing them into bags.

Wilkes-Barre, PA Police Looking For Answers About Victoria's Secret Thefts 
The Victoria's Secret store at the Wyoming Valley Mall has gotten a lot of attention lately. Thieves have hit the store repeatedly over the past few months, stealing hundreds of bras and panties. Police have surveillance video of some of the thieves, but still no one has been caught. Panty pilferers and bra bandits have hit the Victoria's Secret store inside the Wyoming Valley Mall five times in the last six months, making out with hundreds of undergarments worth well over $10,000.

Two charged with shoplifting more than $1,000 in Walmart electronics in Becker Co, MN  Bittany Jeanette Degroat, 26, and John Duvall Canova, 35, have each been charged in Becker County District Court with felony taking moveable property. according to court records, the two of them allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of electronics from Walmart March 1-2, taking two Pioneer stereo systems, a DVD/CD player, headphones and other items. The thefts were allegedly caught on security video. On May 22 District Judge Joe Evans issued a summons for both of them to appear in district.

Baldwinsville, NY Police looking for man in teeth whitening strips theft
Police are asking the public's help find a man they say stole $220 worth of teeth whitening strips. The man entered Kinney Drugs at 21 E. Genesee St. around 11 a.m. on April 25 and made off with the whitening strips, Officer Robert Thibault said.

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