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Florida man convicted in $2M Lego theft now held on $125K bond for shoplifting at Hobby Lobby in IL   After hearing the criminal past of a Florida ex-convict who authorities said made $1 million selling Legos and other stolen goods online, Judge Brian Telander set the man's bail at $125,000 on a charge he stole paintbrushes from a Hobby Lobby. Ignatius Pollara, 49, of Tamarac, Fla., is charged with felony burglary. Authorities in DuPage and Cook counties were notified by Florida authorities that Pollara had planned a trip to the Chicago area, prosecutors said. A few minutes before 2 p.m. on July 3, Pollara went to the Hobby Lobby in Lombard. He took paintbrushes and hid them in the small of his back, then tried to leave the store. Pollara is seen as a possible flight risk.


Wis. statewide investigation into man committing thefts, fraud and ID thefts statewide  Police say David Lee Peterson often goes to gas stations and purchases gift cards using stolen checks. Peterson has also been known to create credit accounts at retail stores using other people's identities, according to the release.

Rochester's ORC thief 'most wanted' has been arrested
Last week's "Rochester's Most Wanted of the Week" - who had six active arrest warrants alleging retail crime - is currently in jail after being arrested in Dover. James Hepburn Jr., 38, of 36 Farmington Road, Apt. 3C1, Rochester, is charged with organized retail crime, three counts of willful concealment, theft by deception and being in contempt of the court. Two of the charges are from an April 15 incident, in which Hepburn allegedly stole from Walmart in Rochester. The next two charges are from a May 25 incident at Walmart. The other charges stem from a June 5 incident in which Hepburn allegedly stole from Kohl's in Rochester.

Three arrested in Waco, TX following ORC Theft at Walmart
Three are in jail after attempting to steal hundreds of items from Walmart, police say. Rachel Leah Black, Crystal Lee Pruitt and George Wright Allen were all charged with engaging in organized crime. The two women and man were arrested by Waco police Wednesday for attempting to leave Walmart without paying for 124 different items. The suspects were still in the parking lot when police arrived. All items were recovered.

Franklin, NJ woman charged in shoplifting scam at Walmart
Another person has been arrested in an ongoing scam involving merchandise shoplifted from Walmart, police said. Detectives learned that several people have been stealing items from the store and returning them for store credit or gift cards. The cards and credit were then sold to area pawn shops, police said. A Franklin woman, Jacqueline Thompson, 24, was arrested Tuesday after police said she took part in the scheme. When she was arrested, police said Thompson was in possession of a benzodiazepine narcotic, marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia and needles at her home. She also had an air soft firearm but no permit or firearms identification card.

2 Cell Phone thieves wanted for shoplifting from Grovetown Walmart
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies need your help identifying two people suspected of shoplifting from the Grovetown Walmart. One suspect is described as a black man with long dread-styled hair, wearing a multi-colored shirt, black pants, and a dark ball cap. He is accused of taking three cell phones.

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