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ORC 6-23-15




Arrests may have cracked Theft Ring responsible for Multiple Pharmacy thefts in Indianapolis  Indianapolis Metropolitan police believe they've cracked a theft ring responsible for targeting up to ten pharmacies in Marion County. Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, IMPD arrested three juveniles and an adult. Detectives saw two of the subjects enter a Walgreens store in the 9000 block of East 38th Street. A man acted as a lookout while a woman gave a note to the pharmacist demanding pills. Both ran from the store to a nearby apartment complex, where witnesses say they saw a red Honda CR-V speed away from the area. The vehicle's description matched that of a vehicle spotted at other pharmacy robberies, police said. IMPD stopped the vehicle and detained all four people inside. Detectives found a loaded handgun and what they described as a "robbery kit" filled with items like clothing, gloves and sunglasses. Detectives also recovered an item of clothing-a black shirt with gold writing-matching the description of a shirt seen at multiple robberies over the past few weeks. Police said the group may be responsible for between four and ten robberies at Indianapolis area pharmacies. IMPD said the adult suspect could face federal charges in the case.

10 Arrested in Los Angeles Jewelry Store Smash-and-Grab
Ten suspects have been arrested in connection with a "well-planned" smash and grab at a Los Angeles jewelry store on June 17. The suspects entered the St. Cross Jewelry Store in the Korean Town Center Mall in Los Angeles and held employees at gunpoint while they smashed cases with sledgehammers and made off with hundreds of watches. However: At least one of the watches was equipped with a GPS tracking device, which led police to the nearby city of Covina, where two suspects were arrested. Eight additional suspects were later identified and arrested. Los Angeles police, in a release, called the robbery "well-planned, coordinated, and practiced." They also said: "Although this sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, in reality this was a violent and dangerous crime that could have had disastrous results. There were no serious injuries reported during this incident." In addition to the sledgehammers and guns used in the robbery, police also recovered "several hundred expensive designer watches."

Former employee accused of stealing from The Home Depot in Rockland, ME
A Searsmont man has been accused of scamming his former employer out of nearly $20,000 in merchandise. Kenneth Cox, 45, was charged with felony theft, according to court papers filed last week in Knox County Unified Court. Rockland police Detective Joel Neal said Cox had worked at The Home Depot and would buy items using his credit card and then put in for returns and receive the money back but did not return what had been purchased. The value of the items taken totaled about $19,000, the detective said. The thefts occurred from April 2014 until January 2015, according to court papers.

$10,000 in retail stolen from Redondo Beach, CA Dive N Surf
Dive N Surf and the Redondo Beach Police Department are searching for two men who stole $10,000 worth of sunglasses from an unlocked case in the middle of the afternoon last month. According to security camera footage, the pair cased the shop for about ten minutes, looking at the shop's wares, acting as if they were customers. They appeared to be steps away from walking out of the shop, empty-handed, before one of the men turned toward the store's sunglasses case. The case was accidentally left open by one of the store's employees, said store manager Tom Tanner. While one of the thieves distracted employees with questions, blocking sight lines from the registers to the sunglasses case, the second shoved pairs of shades into pants and jacket. He appeared to leave the shop multiple times to empty his pockets before returning to steal another handful. The two men appeared to repeat the process five times, clearing out nearly half of a case before finally leaving the shop 45 minutes later. By time the thieves left the store, Dive N Surf lost 42 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses, worth between $200 and $250 each, at a cost of $10,000 to Dive N' Surf.

Arrest reported in theft of about $800 worth of baby formula from Wegmans
An Allentown man allegedly made off with about $800 worth of baby formula from Wegmans in Lower Nazareth Township before being caught. Colonial Regional police say a 40-year-old Allentown man stole about $800 worth of baby formula from Wegmans in Lower Nazareth Township on five occasions in June 2015. Elvin Pagan, 40, of the 200 block of North Jefferson Street, concealed the formula on him and left without paying on five occasions this month, court records say. He was arrested Friday in the five thefts that began June 15 of formula valued at $165, $180, $150, $120, and $180, according to Colonial Regional police.

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