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ORC 8-20-15




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.

Austin, 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.

Tulsa, 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

ORC 8-20-15
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