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ORC 8-13-15




Williams-Sonoma store manager & accomplice arrested after finding over $100,000 worth of merchandise in home search in Tigard, OR  Tigard police arrested two men charged with aggravated theft after investigators found over $100,000 worth of Williams-Sonoma merchandise in a Tigard home. The items found in the home were from the Williams-Sonoma store at the Washington Square Mall. Investigators searched a home at the 10800 block of Southwest Canterbury Lane as part of an alleged internal theft involving online purchasing and fraudulent refunds without returning the items. At the home 200 items was seized, and the figure could grow by double or more as investigators continue to probe further. Cameron Gray, 40, a manager of the store, was arrested there. Eric Wiley, 21, was arrested at his home. The merchandise was identified by a loss prevention investigation conducted by Williams-Sonoma, Wolf said. All of the recovered items were given back to the store.

Martinsville, VA: Police working on 3rd Organized Retail Crime theft ring  In the past year, it has shut down two rings. It's currently working on a third ring. On July 24, 2015 investigators said two black men went into a CVS on Church Street and stole hundreds of dollars worth of electric toothbrushes. Sgt. Robert Hayes said they are "boosters" stealing items as part of an organized retail theft ring. We're finding the products being picked up by the boosters and typically being dispersed at various flea markets," said Sgt. Hayes. Hayes says the "boosters" steal items on a list given to them by their so-called bosses. Most of the items stolen are beauty products, like deodorant or perfume. The police departments also work with corporate companies who have become targets of the organized shoplifting. We're able to share information and share it with videos and pictures," said Sgt. Hayes. "They're able to provide certain information to confirm which product came from where. Police Chief Sean Dunn said Facebook and other forms of social media have helped shut down the theft rings

CA couple with fake credit cards targeted Home Depot stores in Oregon
Police arrested a couple from California who officers said used fake credit cards to buy gift cards at Home Depot stores along the I-5 corridor in Oregon. Using a description of the suspects' vehicle, police tracked the pair to Eugene, where officers found them parked in front of a Home Depot store. Detectives said they recovered about 30 counterfeit credit cards, gift cards worth about $10,000, $1,350 in cash and other items. Detectives said Scott and Nears are a couple and live in the Oakland, Calif. area. They allegedly entered Oregon Aug. 7 and began targeting Home Depot stores along I-5.

Franklin, TN: Police seeking 3 suspects in $1,200 Polo Shirt theft from Belk
A group of thieves made off with more than 50 Polo brand shirts valued at an estimated $1,200 from Belk in Cool Springs Galleria. In a news release from the Franklin Police Department, officials said that three women entered the store at 8:30 p.m. Monday and began filling empty shopping bags with the designer children's shirts. The same shoplifting crew is responsible for taking 70 shirts, valued at approximately $1,800, in July, according to the FPD.

Waterford, CT: Three arrested passing counterfeit $100 bills at Walmart; $14,000 of phony money recovered  Police discovered $14,000 in counterfeit $100 bills and numerous gift cards with altered magnetic numbers when they arrested three people last weekend at Wal-Mart as they reportedly were using the fake cash to buy items from the store. Jamyira Bonner, 23, and Lamichael Black, 29, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., each were charged Sunday with first-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny.

Dearborn, MI: Three Women and a Walmart Cashier busted in $1,000 theft of merchandise  Walmart's loss prevention officer initially saw the women placing a large amount of items in their carts heedless of the prices, and when they went through the checkout the officer saw the cashier wasn't ringing up all the merchandise but was bagging the unpaid items. When confronted, loss prevention discovered around $160, $911 and $742 in unpaid items in the women's carts.

ORC 8-13-15
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