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ORC 8-27-15




Pittsburgh, PA: Barnes & Noble lengthy investigation pays off with Arrest in $2 Million ORC case  A seven-year investigation into chronic thefts at Barnes & Noble stores in Allegheny County led to the arrest Wednesday of a Wilkins record store owner accused of using drug addicts to steal a panoply of items from various retail stores so he could resell them online. Anthony J. Cicero, 50, of Wilkins was charged Wednesday by the state attorney general's office with illegally making more than $2 million since 2009. "This defendant not only cost retail stores millions in lost inventory, but he also enabled and fed the drug addictions of multiple individuals," Attorney General Kathleen Kane said. Investigators said Mr. Cicero, the owner of the Slipped Disc record store in Oakland, operated several illegitimate business accounts on Amazon and eBay to resell merchandise stolen from a variety of stores, including Barnes & Noble, CVS, Rite Aid, Giant Eagle, Staples and Wal-Mart. Mr. Cicero was charged following a lengthy investigation launched by a Barnes & Noble investigator, who in 2008 began probing the chronic theft of thousands of dollars of merchandise in Allegheny County.

Memphis, TN: 13 indicted in Counterfeit Check Scheme; Kroger defrauded $300,000  Thirteen people were indicted for reportedly taking part in a counterfeit check cashing scheme. All 13 people live in Memphis. Police said the scheme stretched from February 2013 to August 2014. Investigators say the organizer of this scheme was Eureka Mathis, 36. She reportedly enlisted the help of a dozen other people to help cash stolen and fraudulent checks at Kroger stores across the country. According to Stanton, Mathis stole checks from mailboxes at Cordova businesses. Most of the stolen checks came from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union's local chapter.

Tunnel Hill, GA: Police Arrest 2 with $10,000 of stolen Polo Ralph Lauren Clothes from Nashville  Just before exit 340 on i75 southbound this black Honda Accord gets pulled over Tuesday night. Scott Reneau, Tunnel Hill Police Dept, "I also got consent from the driver, during the search I located two large trash bags in the trunk that were loaded with Ralph Lauren Polo gear, still had price tag on it and some had anti-device systems on it" Reneau acting quickly examining and removing all the stolen clothing and arresting both men. "Transferred to Whitfield County charged with theft by receiving, theft by receiving from another state, bringing stolen property across state lines along with tools for commission of a crime".

Twin Falls, ID: Couple Collected Wal-Mart Receipts to Make Fraudulent Returns   A couple who police say collected discarded receipts outside of Wal-Mart to make fraudulent returns were both arrested Tuesday. Michael Anthony Pulizzi, 30, and Tollie Monica Taylor, 27, was arraigned on burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary charges. Between July 27 and Aug. 13 Pulizzi, Taylor and Jeana Lynn Amero, 29, were caught several times on security cameras entering Wal-Mart. They would go around the store gathering items and take them to a cashier. The three would often produce a receipt despite having not paid for the items, court documents said. A return would be credited to a Wal-Mart credit card. Wal-Mart employees noticed the pattern and suspected the three were making false returns.

Lake Havasu, AZ: Three arrested at Walmart on Organized Retail Theft charges Three people were arrested last week for stealing from Lake Havasu City's Wal-Mart by concealing the stolen items in Wal-Mart bags and personal bags The trio admitted to stealing more than $200 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart.

Bullhead City, AZ: Man charged in ORC theft at Safeway
Jeramie Richardson was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly was seen concealing DVDs in his pants at Safeway, . Police said he then left without paying. The stolen DVDs were valued at about $176. Richardson reportedly told police that he had planned was to return the stolen DVDs for a gift card so he could buy his family some food.

ORC 8-27-15
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