FL: Massive Shoplifting Ring busted, targeted nearly 100 Grocery Stores
A massive shoplifting ring targeting North and Central Florida grocery stores
has been busted. Attorney General Pam Bondi and Marion County Sheriff Chris
Blair announced the arrests of five suspects Thursday. According to arrest
warrants, the suspects stole more than $50,000 worth of beauty, dental care,
medical and other products from Publix and Winn-Dixie stores and then sold the
items on eBay. "This unsophisticated, yet massive effort to sell stolen goods
online has produced strong evidence for my statewide prosecutors to bring
charges against these individuals in connection with shoplifting products from
nearly 100 Florida grocery stores," said Bondi. Each time, between $100 to
$1,400 worth of products was allegedly stolen including whitening dental strips,
electronic toothbrushes, shaving razors, allergy medicines, batteries and more.
Most of the shoplifting occurred in June and July of this year. After
identifying the suspects, undercover detectives were able to track eBay user
identification information to determine that items being sold through the
suspects' eBay accounts matched the items stolen from the grocery stores.
Beachwood, OH: Man fraudulently charges $12,000 at Saks in Beachwood Place Mall
About 6:15 p.m. August 7, officers responded to the Saks Fifth Avenue department
store at Beachwood Place Mall for a report of fraudulent credit card charges.
Officers learned that a man had used a fraudulent credit card to make several
purchases at the mall. The man was identified and arrested. The fraudulent
charges totaled over $12,000.
Pickpockets and Purse Thieves Targeting I-94 across Michigan, Indiana and
Illinois Police say the perpetrators are seasoned professionals.
Kalamazoo Co Undersheriff Paul Matyas says the crimes have been occurring since
2012. The thieves focus on Interstate 94, also hitting restaurants in Indiana
and Illinois. Deputies say the thieves are targeting people who put their purses
on the back of their chairs, and when you're not paying attention, that's when
they reach in and make off with your wallet. "Right after they get that, they go
to the nearest big box store and they use the credit card as quickly as they can
and then they just take the purse and pitch it out the window," said Matyas.
Oro Valley, AZ: Police identify suspects in Marshalls shoplifting case
The Oro Valley Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in the
Marshalls shoplifting cases from June 6 and June 16. The suspects have been
identified as Esteban Morales and Angelina Robles. Morales was arrested and
charged with two counts of aggravated shoplifting and one count of shoplifting
with an artifice, which are all class four felonies. Robles has three
shoplifting related misdemeanor charges pending.