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.
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