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Weston, FL: Thieves cut hole in roof, steal $100,000 worth of sunglasses from a warehouse  The Broward Sheriff's Office is searching for a group of thieves who broke into a Weston warehouse filled with designer sunglasses. Detectives said the burglary happened sometime between Aug. 14 and Aug. 16 while no employees were at the warehouse. Employees arrived at work the following Monday to find that the crooks had cut a hole through the roof to enter the Groupe Logo warehouse at 1840 N. Commerce Parkway. About $100,000 worth of Fred, Boeing and Tag Heuer sunglasses were stolen.

Piedmont, CA: Identity Thief hit 12 people, used info to steal $24,000 in merchandise from Nordstrom  After a two-month investigation into reported identity theft, a Fremont resident was arrested on suspicion of using others' Nordstrom account information to buy items and then return them for cash. Holly Lynn Pigeon, 31, was arrested by Piedmont police Aug. 11 after she allegedly took $24,000 worth of merchandise from Bay Area stores, including Pleasanton's Nordstrom at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Lockport, NY: Father -Daughter team hitting Walmarts in Buffalo area
Police say they are preparing arrest warrants for a father-and-daughter shoplifting team said to be responsible for the recent large theft from the Super Walmart store on South Transit Road. The pair, along with a woman, are also said to be suspects in recent thefts from a Walmart store in Hamburg. The elder suspect, known to store employees from previous thefts at the Lockport store, is said to have entered the store on Aug. 13, along with his daughter and another woman. Store officials said he began removing security devices from cellphone packages, then did the same for two TV sets. After picking up additional items, he left the stores but was confronted in the parking lot by store employees, as he attempted to load the TVs into a car. The employees, meanwhile, took a photo of the vehicle, which was traced to a Buffalo woman currently on probation. Investigators said they plan to contact the probation officer.

Baby formula thief strikes Bristol, VA and Kingsport, TN stores  Police in Bristol, Virginia, and Kingsport, Tennessee, say a man walked out of stores without paying for a buggy full of baby formula. On Wednesday, the Bristol Virginia Police responded Walmart to investigate a shoplifting call. Police said a man driving a black vehicle stole a buggy full of baby formula from the store. Earlier this month, on Aug. 4, a man shoplifted 25 cans of Similac baby formula and a large pack of diapers from the Walmart on West Stone Drive, according to the Kingsport Police Department. The total value of the stolen property in Kingsport was $665. Loss prevention officers spotted him leaving the store; however, they were unable to successfully apprehend him.

TJ Maxx Loss Prevention apprehend suspect with $750 in merchandise in Middletown, PA  Maria Smith, 27, of Trenton, was recently arrested after she allegedly stole $756 worth of merchandise from T.J. Maxx in Lincoln Plaza. Smith is charged with retail theft and possession of an instrument of a crime.

Austin, TX: Man arrested for trying to shoplift nearly $500 worth of dresses from Macy's  A loss prevention employee with Macy's noticed the man, George Jones, stuff six dresses into a shoulder bag on the security camera located at the Domain. The employee told Austin police that he recognized Jones from previous shoplifting at other Macy's. When the employee saw Jones leave through the door, he went out to meet and stop the alleged shoplifter. After attempting to place handcuffs on Jones, he refused, which led to a struggle on the ground. The employee managed to finally handcuff Jones before he was transported to the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

Fayetteville, N.C. Male charged with ORC
Jeffrey Brandon Merritt, 25, of the 400 block of Race Track Road, was charged Thursday with five counts of larceny, three counts of possession of stolen goods and one count each of organized retail theft. Bail was set at $15,000.

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