Operation: St. Augustine Pawn Shop Owner Arrested - ORC Ring Leader that hit
Target, Wal-Mart, & Home Depot stores The owner of EZ Money Pawn Shop
in St. Augustine was arrested Thursday in connection to a raid at the shop that
occurred last month. Robert Benton Ellis, of St. Augustine, is accused of being
a leader of a group that "initiated several grand thefts on several occasions
from Target, Wal-Mart and Home Depot business," according to the arrest
The group targeted stores in St. Johns and Duval counties, and the stolen
property was sold to Ellis at his pawn shop, located at located at 2640 U.S.
1 South. Ellis, 56, would then pay cash for the merchandise. The suspects worked
as a group at times and took orders from Robert Ellis for specific items," the
affidavit said. The other suspects in the case told investigators the same story
- they "stole several items at retail outlets at the request of Robert Ellis"
and then "sold them to Robert Ellis at his business." The investigation is
Police, district attorney not ready to prosecute Janesville Landlord for Home
Depot ORC retail theft ring - Landlord running major Home Depot Gift Card Ring
Police believe a Janesville landlord owning over 80 properties is
participating if not running a shoplifting scheme involving thefts of more than
$30,000, but the district attorney won't prosecute their case. District
Attorney David O'Leary said police don't have proof to support their
allegations, and he won't take the case to court.
Police are convinced the landlord is guilty of bankrolling the scheme.
But after "countless" meetings with the investigators, O'Leary said he was not
convinced police have definitive proof of the potential charge-conspiracy to
commit retail theft.
Police interviewed dozens of people they believe stole items from Home Depot
or returned items others had stolen for in-store credit. The credit was
loaded onto plastic cards, which the shoplifters sold through an intermediary
to the landlord for 50 cents or 60 cents on the dollar. Police believe
Richard D. "Rick" Donahue, 3735 Skyview Drive, who owns numerous rental
properties in the city, bought the Home Depot cards, knowing they were the
result of shoplifting.
Police have Home Depot records showing Donahue used the cards to buy building
materials to work on his properties, but only one witness can testify Donahue
knew the cards were the result of thefts. That person is Tyler J. Groeller,
30, of 3704 Stuart St., No. 8, Janesville, an admitted heroin user and organizer
of the thefts. He told police several different stories before telling them
he organized the thefts to sell the cards to Donahue. Groeller told police he
paid his "returners" and sold the cards to Donahue.
Home Depot requires identification when getting the cards and when using them,
and company records show Donahue used cards that originated with 55 different
Rock County residents, said officer Jennifer Reed, the primary investigator
on the case. Police believe Donahue was taking advantage of disadvantaged and
drug-addicted people and remodeling entire residences with the cards. gazettextra.com
Ring of Thieves Steal $58,000 Worth of Cosmetics From CVS Stores in Five
Southern California Counties - May be bigger operation A man and two
women suspected of stealing nearly $60,000 worth of high-end cosmetics from CVS
stores in five counties were arrested after the crimes were caught on security
The suspects are accused in the thefts of more than $58,650 worth of cosmetics
at stores in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura
counties. Seal Beach police arrested the three suspects earlier this week after
detectives obtained the security camera video from thefts in Orange County.
The thefts began in June 2013. Video showed the subjects walking into the store
and taking items from a wall of cosmetic items. The charges are in connection
with crimes committed in Orange County It was not immediately clear whether
authorities in other counties will pursue criminal charges. Two of the suspects
are being held without bond. Police believe there's more to this case.
Traveling fraudsters busted in Minneapolis - hit 8 cities with cloned credit
cards buying gift cards Two men believed by police to have used
fraudulent credit cards in at least eight metro area cities have been charged
with identity theft and fraud. Josiel Turano, 25, and Ricorango Magdiel, 26, are
accused of using four cloned credit cards at the White Bear Township Cub Foods
to ring up $1,819.48 in gift card purchases. Turano and Magdiel left the Cub
Foods in a rental car and were arrested in Rosemount. Police say video
surveillance shows they were also involved in fraudulent in transactions in
Eagan, Shakopee, Burnsville, West St. Paul, Cottage Grove, Inver Grove Heights
and Woodbury. cbslocal.com
Four member Credit Card Fraud Ring busted Hitting Walmart stores in Evesham,
N.J. Four people allegedly connected to a New York credit card fraud
ring were arrested early Friday morning after reportedly ramming a police car in
the parking lot of a local store the night before and fleeing the scene at a
high rate of speed. Police were called to the Walmart on Route 70 about 9 p.m.
Thursday for a report of four suspects who were identified by store security as
being part of a credit card fraud ring that had been targeting Walmart stores
in the area. The men had attempted to buy iPads with fraudulent credit cards but
store staff turned them away, police said. When the suspects, all from Brooklyn,
Shoplifter steals $2500 worth of cosmetics at Hermosa, South Dakota CVS
The suspect cleaned out an entire section of the cosmetics area and loaded the
products into a store hand basket. "According to the manager, that's one of the
most expensive things in the store," Hermosa Police Sgt. Kevin Averill said. "
Denton, TX men arrested for theft at JC Penney, Dillards and Zumies
Two 19-year-old men and one 17-year-old man were arrested and charged with
organized retail theft between $50 to $500 after they took items from J.C.
Penney, Zumiez and Dillard's, according to police reports.
Serial Shoplifter arrested again at Walmart in Walnut Hill, CA
A Walnut Hill man with a history of shoplifting arrests is facing a felony
charge for allegedly stealing a 32-gallon tote full of underwear.
Athens, GA: Women shoplift underwear from Victoria's Secret at Georgia Square
Mall On Saturday, an Athens-Clarke County Police officer was
dispatched to Victoria's Secret at Georgia Square Mall in reference to a
shoplifting complaint. The employee told the officer that another customer
approached her and told her they observed the women putting underwear into their
purses. When the two women were approached, they walked out of the store. It was
reported that $750 worth of underwear was taken from the store.
Police bust man stealing 19 boxes of condoms from
Rite Aid in the Bronx, NY