Kohl's LP Exec., Michael DeMeo busts Trio who plead guilty
to being involved in a massive nationwide identity theft and
check counterfeiting ring
Two of them had been sought by Wal-Mart security officials
for two years for cashing more than $370,000 worth of
counterfeit payroll checks. "Their method of operation was to
be on the road," Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said.
"Sometimes they didn't know which state they were in. They'd
just follow the GPS to the next block of stores." Their
cases reveal new details about the scope of the conspiracy,
including what records they kept of others' personal
information and the dozens of fake IDs they're accused of
carrying. Wal-Mart security officials say 270 people had
their identities misused on checks the retail giant cashed,
according to West's plea agreement. Their scheme unraveled
when an off-duty loss prevention investigator from Kohl's
department stores who was on vacation in New Hampshire and
shopping with his wife happened to be in line behind the men
when a Brooks Brothers clerk challenged the identification
being used. The investigator, Michael DeMeo, became
suspicious and called Tilton police. He continued to monitor
the men until police arrived.
discovered "all over the place" across San Bernardino
County, CA and hundreds of
people have been victims of identity theft according to a
detective who said two suspects were arrested. A
boyfriend-girlfriend team that's thought to be part of a
larger organization was arrested on suspicion of involvement
in the crimes this week, but multiple police agencies are
looking for more suspects. They're all over the place. A lot
of these restaurants have these devices outside the
drive-thru. You don't want to use those either," Stringer
said. "The gas station thing is off the chart right now."
Three wanted in retail theft at Hershey outlets in Hershey, PA
Police are seeking help from the public in identifying three
men involved in a retail theft incident at the Tanger Outlet
Mall in Hershey. One of the thieves distracted a store clerk
Tuesday while the other two stole more than $1,400 in
merchandise. The men were described as well dressed white or
Hispanic males. One was in his mid-20's to early 30's while
the other two were older, possibly in their mid-40's, police
detained at Kohl's, accused of running shoplifting ring in
Live Oak, TX
Police in Live Oak caught up with four suspects at a Kohl's
Department Store in the Forum Shopping Center on Friday
afternoon. The group is accused of shoplifting a number of
items. Officers found more stolen merchandise in the suspect
vehicle. Investigators are trying to determine whether the
same group is responsible for a similar incident just hours
earlier at a Macy's at Rolling Oaks Mall. Live Oak police
will attempt to identify the owners of the stolen property.
Trio ORC box-stuffing gang hits Best Buy for 40 iPads and
MP3 players worth $200 each in Evansville, IN
The thieves walked into Best Buy through the front door,
careful to make staggered entrances in what Police Sgt.
Jason Cullum called perhaps the most sophisticated
shoplifting operation carried out in Evansville this year.
They were buying larger items — like, they'd buy an item
that came in a bigger box but they would put multiple iPods
inside that box.
Police nabbed three members of Felony Lane Gang in Naples,
Three members believed to be part of the "Felony Lane"
organized crime gang were arrested Saturday following two
car burglaries and attempted fraud at an East Naples
Walmart. Collier County sheriff's deputies started their
investigation after two victims reported their car windows
smashed and several items, including credit cards, stolen.
Deputies asked the victims to call their credit card
companies, which said purchases were being made at an East
Naples Walmart. Deputies located the suspects, made arrests,
and reviewed surveillance video, an arrest report said. A
suspect tried to make a $600 purchase with one of the
victims' stolen credit card, but it was declined. A second
suspect successfully bought a $300 gift card, which he then
used to pay for an Xbox video game system. During a search
of the suspects' vehicle, several illegally obtained items
were found, including two iPads, two Xbox consoles and a
spring-loaded window punch.
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