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Mainland ORC gangs targeting high-end Oahu stores with counterfeit credit cards  Honolulu police are trying to crackdown on mainland gangs who are sending people to Hawaii to make high-end purchases with counterfeit credit cards, putting them up in expensive hotels while they charge expensive merchandise to unsuspecting credit customers across the country, sources said. Police arrested Bo Fu, 25, from Pomona, Calif., July 20 at Nordstrom Ala Moana, and charged him with four felony counts including ID theft and theft.Fu is accused of using a counterfeit credit card to purchase a handbag worth about $500 from the Bulgari store at Ala Moana a few days before. He's suspected of being a member of a gang from Southern California.

Law enforcement sources said on any given weekend, people from gangs around the country are in Honolulu making similar fraudulent, high-end purchases.

"It is increasing more and more and I think that's something that the public should know about, because it also poses a safety hazard to the public, to employees of the store," said Sheri Sakamoto, president of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii, representing 3,500 storefronts across the state.

Sources said law enforcement in Honolulu has tracked many of the fraudulent credit card purchases at fancy stores here back to organized retail theft gangs who bought legit credit card numbers from Russians obtained through various data breaches in this country.

ORC male suspect busted in thefts from Target and Meijer stores in three counties in IL  Gilberto Feliciano, 49, of the 1200 block of Forest Drive, Elgin, was charged with five Class 3 and nine Class 4 felony counts of retail theft as well as a misdemeanor count of resisting a police officer. He was arrested July 21 at Meijer in Elgin. An Elgin officer worked with loss prevention officers to identify Feliciano, police said. He was found to have five previous retail theft convictions in DuPage, McHenry and Kane counties. In the incidents Feliciano is believed to have taken $3,675 in merchandise from the stores, including liquor, TVs, video and digital cameras, headphones, speakers, and DVD players, police said.

Indian River Co, FL Police arrest 2 shoppers with 112 fake credit cards  Two men from Miami-Dade County were arrested Tuesday after one of them was caught making purchases at Target in Indian River County with a fraudulent credit card. Police recovered two bags containing a total of 112 fake credit cards left on the side of the road with the same name, "Raul Mena," printed on the fake credit card used at Target. Anibal Tanoue, said he was approached by Federico Wouterlood in Miami. The two men had a system in which Wouterlood would drive Tanoue to various stores between Vero Beach and Miami. Tanoue would make a purchase, Wouterlood would then keep the purchased merchandise and give Tanoue a share of profits.

Sherman, TX Police looking for Academy Sports theft suspect  Sherman Police need your help identifying a thief they say has hit a local sporting goods store several times. They say the man has stolen merchandise for the Academy in Sherman at least 4 times totaling a loss of about $4,000 dollars to the store. They say he prefers to steel knives and fishing reels.

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