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7 Indicted in Organized Retail Theft Ring hitting over 20 times for Over $800,000 in Jewelry  Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that seven people have been indicted on charges that they were part of an organized retail theft ring that allegedly stole over $800,000 in jewelry in New Jersey and five other states. The defendants were charged as a result of "Operation Pandora," an investigation by the New Jersey State Police and Division of Criminal Justice that began in May 2014, after the ring allegedly stole $219,000 in silver beads by breaking into a vehicle at the Clara Barton service area on the New Jersey Turnpike in Salem County. Several of the defendants allegedly had followed the two victims, who stopped at the service area after a jewelry trade show in Mt. Laurel, N.J. The indictment charges the four men and three women with eight thefts in New Jersey, including two additional thefts of jewelry with a total value of more than $150,000, as well as retail thefts of cameras and a $5,700 bicycle. The defendants were linked to more than a dozen other thefts in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia and Rhode Island, including jewelry thefts in all of those states involving more than $430,000 in jewelry.

Third suspect Arrested in $100,000 Pepperidge Farm cookie caper
A third suspect in a retail theft ring has been arrested and charged, Old Fort police said Monday. Franklin "Todd" Wayne Bradley, 53, was charged with one count each of felony obtaining property by false pretense and receiving stolen goods. Bradley is the third suspect allegedly involved in the theft of 53-foot trailer full of Pepperidge Farm products, including cookies, goldfish crackers, pretzels and more. Carlton Carson, 49, and Michael Lee Grant, 52, were arrested last week in connection with the cookie heist. The stolen shipment of goods was worth more than $100,000.

6 women arrested in Baton Rouge, LA Organized Retail Theft investigation  Six women were arrested this weekend after an investigation into thefts at multiple stores in Baton Rouge. Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office were called to a theft complaint Friday, July 31 at Toys R Us on N. Mall Drive. The complainant said a van pulled up to the front of the store and two females got out of the vehicle carrying three large bags of merchandise. The females went to the customer service counter where they exchanged the merchandise, without a receipt, for gift cards and candy. After the exchange, the females went to the children's department, loaded up a shopping cart full of merchandise and exited the store without paying. A nearby deputy was able to stop the vehicle in the Sam's Club parking lot. The deputy discovered six females inside the van along with items from several merchants including Charming Charlie's, Toys R Us, Walmart and Target.

Couple busted at Burlington Coat in Laredo, TX; purses and watches
Police say a couple was caught red handed, trying to steal from a department store on Sunday. Rene Rodriguez and Patricia Vela were arrested at Burlington Coat Factory around seven in the evening. According to the store employees, they were trying to steal purses and watches as well as changing the prices on items. Rodriguez and Vela had prior arrests. They were both charged with fraud.

Merrillville, IN Police investigating 2 in Macy's Grab and Run at Southlake Mall
Within minutes of posting surveillance images of two local theft suspects, Hobart police received tips on the possible identity of the man and woman pictured, Detective Sgt. Steve Houck said. The two were captured on surveillance video as they allegedly stole purses and clothing from Macy's. Houck said at 7:19 p.m. July 18, the pair allegedly entered Macy's at 2210 Southlake Mall, grabbed numerous purses and articles of clothing and ran out.

Woman Tips Off Partner on Bluetooth During Shoplifting Spree at Kohl's in Lemont, IL

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