Albuquerque, N.M., Fencing Operation: ORC gang member gets 2 years in prison for
cell phone re-selling scam - Had a store A California man has been
sentenced to nearly two years in prison for fraudulently obtaining cellphones
from retail stores in California, Arizona and New Mexico and reselling them
for profit. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Amir Meir Levi, of Canoga Park, was
sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison. Levi and three co-defendants were
indicted in February 2012 for conspiracy to transport stolen property and commit
access device fraud. They all pleaded guilty.
The four men admitted they engaged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain
high-value cellphones from Sprint stores and resell them in a California store
owned by one of the defendants and through an online store. Prosecutors say the
men impersonated Sprint customers and obtained the phones free by instructing
store clerks to bill the cost to their accounts.
Longview Wa., Father-Mother-Daughter arrest for $35,943 in theft from Boondox
Market- charged with ORC An investigation showed that Rory Johnson and
Wendy Johnson took over $27,400 worth of lottery tickets between December 2014
and January 2015. Surveillance video also shows Wendy giving her daughter Carlie
Marie Johnson, 21, free groceries and cash from the register. Deputies said it
is estimated that Wendy gave Carlie $3,753 in cash and almost $1,281 in
groceries. Rory also is estimated to have received $3,509 in cash. Boondox
Market's estimated total loss between December 2014 and January 2015 is at least
$35,943. Wendy and Carlie were arrested and taken to the Cowlitz County Jail and
charged with first degree organized retail theft. kptv.com
TX: Suspect in multiple Target electronics thefts arrest; Austin Police listed
him as "Top Offender" Daniel Rodriguez, 32, has been arrested after he
allegedly stole from multiple Targets in the Austin area. Police said on June
23, an employee noticed that a spider wrap security device had been removed, but
the merchandise was missing. Surveillance footage showed Rodriguez unlocking a
portable speaker valued at almost $300 and leaving the store without paying for
it. Police were called to another incident at a different Target store where an
employee alerted that Rodriguez was still in the store. When the employee tried
to confront Rodriguez, he ran out of the store. Police were able to detain
Rodriguez on foot. The employee told police that he saw the suspect remove the
security device from a speaker box. A senior asset protection investigator with
Target told police that Rodriguez has allegedly committed at least 10 other
similar thefts from Austin-area Targets. Rodriguez has several previous theft
convictions. Police said he has been identified as a "Top Offender."
Cincinnati, OH: Man admits to stealing 41 Serta Mattresses
A Silverton man was arrested on Wednesday after he admitted to stealing at least
41 mattresses from a shipping dock in Forest Park last month. Richard Scurry,
35, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with fourth-degree felony theft.
Police said that Scurry stole more than 41 Serta Simmons mattresses valued at
$13,794 between June 20 and July 7. Scurry was identified from video
surveillance footage from a shipping dock in the 1600 block of Carillion
Boulevard. Investigators said Scurry admitted to the thefts.
OK: Group of 8 to 10 males sought in thefts at area Target and Walmart stores
Officials say they have hit all four Target stores in Tulsa, breaking cases and
stealing iPads. They believe the thieves have also stolen from area Walmarts.
Police say this is the same group who stole from a jewelry store in Texas and
took four Camaros in Enid. They have identified only one of the suspects and
have issued a warrant for him. Police are trying to identify as many as 10
people accused of multiple "smash and grab" crimes in Tulsa. Detectives say
these criminals are not sticking to stores in Tulsa. They believe this same
group is responsible for a smash and grab in Texas and the theft of four Camaros
in Enid last June. Organized Retail Crimes Detective Lorri Visser said it has
been hard to identify the group in some cases, but sometimes they get lucky.
Bridgeview, IL: 5 Time repeat Offender busted at Menard's
A man with a history of felony retail theft convictions including prison time
was arrested as he attempted to leave the Tinley Park Menard's. Prosecutors said
that Dwayne Clemons, 49, stole a beard trimmer, mustache trimmer, beard shaper
and a Bluetooth device totaling $83.
Tampa, Fla., Man steals almost $1,000 in infant
formula from Tampa Walmart - police searching for suspect