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Las Vegas, NV: Declined debit card at Toys R Us leads to ID theft ring  Toys may be more than child's play, according to the U.S. Postal Service. A purchase at Toys R Us helped to bring down this ID theft ring. "He went to use a fraudulent credit card at a Toys R Us," said U.S. Postal Inspector Adam Fascio. "The purchase was declined; however, I guess he really liked what he was buying because he took out his personal debit card and bought the goods anyway." Postal inspectors were able to link the declined card and the personal debit card to track the ID thieves. Chase Bank recognized a pattern of fraudulent accounts being opened. "Someone was opening up credit cards and taking over people's existing credit card accounts," Fascio said. The credit cards linked to those accounts were being sent to the same New York address. "Turned out that it was a vacant apartment," Fascio said. "However, this particular building, to get in, you needed an electronic ID card." From surveillance tape, investigators were able to identify two of the three suspects in this case. Sixty victims had their accounts compromised, with more than $60,000 in damages.

Olympia, WA: Police nab $17,000 shoplifting suspect hitting 3 Home Depot stores Olympia Police arrested a 30-year-old Lakewood man last week after he allegedly attempted to steal more than $2,000 in merchandise from the Home Depot on Fones Road. Michael Charles Laughlin, who has since made an appearance at Thurston County Superior Court, faces charges of second-degree robbery and retail theft with extenuating circumstances. Laughlin and an accomplice also are accused of attempting to steal nearly $17,000 in merchandise from Home Depot stores in Tumwater, Gig Harbor and Federal Way, according to Olympia police.

Grandville, MI: Four busted in $8,000 Cabela's ORC Investigation
The leader of a group who stole from Cabela's and quickly returned the pilfered items for gift cards to support heroin habits was sentenced today to prison. Over the course of three weeks, they stole an estimated $8,000 in merchandise, which was then returned to Cabela's for in-store credit, court records show. More than 45 gift cards were then sold to area pawn shops or on the streets, netting the group about $3,900. Gift cards were sold for 50 cents on the dollar, court documents show.

Braintree, MA: Three wanted for Theft/ Robbery/ and Assault at Nordstrom; $2,000 in merchandise stolen  Police are looking for three suspects who are accused of stealing earrings from a store at the South Shore Plaza. On Saturday, the suspects entered Nordstrom and stole several pairs of earrings according to police. While being watched by loss prevention, the first suspect approached the loss prevention associate assaulted and threatened to shoot him. After the assault, the three suspects remained inside the store and continued to steal clothing valued over $2,000.

Athens, GA: 75 pairs of Sexy Cheeky panties stolen from Victoria's Secret in the Georgia Square Mall  An employee of Victoria's Secret at the Georgia Square mall reported shoplifters on Saturday stole 75 pairs of Sexy Cheeky panties altogether valued at $1,087, Athens-Clarke County police said. The panties were stolen from a two-tiered display table, police said, the top level of which provided concealment for the thieves as they cleaned out the bottom tier. The same thieves are thought responsible for a similar theft that occurred at the store two weeks earlier.

Foley, AL: Foley Police said that shoplifting arrests over the weekend have led to more charges from other recent theft cases  They believe one suspect was involved in three separate thefts from Walmart stores totaling more than $5,000. They're asking for your help identifying some of his accomplices. Police said more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise was taken from the store and was recovered. About $800 worth of goods was recovered from the Gulf Shores store. As the investigation continued, police found reason to tie Lee to another shoplifting case on August 8, 2015 where more than $2,000 in merchandise was taken.

Hudson, WI: Two men wanted for Burglary and Grab & Run thefts at Verizon stores  Hudson Police were first called at 5:28 p.m. Saturday to Verizon Wireless for a report of a stolen tablet. Two hours later the same suspects showed up a different Verizon location, but did not enter the store. At 4:40am Police responded to a burglary alarm at that same Verizon store. The front door glass was smashed and wireless speakers from a display were stolen.

Terrell, TX: Police observe 3 unloading a Walmart cart at Waffle House; recovered $800 in stolen merchandise  "The officer observed two males, an adult and a youth, and a female behind the Waffle House unloading a Walmart cart full of merchandise", Capt. Sansom said. "The officer made contact and began a routine investigation into their suspicious conduct," he said. "The adult subjects both showed active warrants. After officers reviewed Walmart's surveillance system, Police determined that the juvenile played an active role in the theft. Both adult suspects were arrested for organized retail theft.

Davie, FL: Home Depot employee charged with Burglary of nearly $6,000 of merchandise  Seven break-ins that happened in July and August were recorded on store surveillance videos and showed a man scaling a garden department fence or items being tossed over it while the store was closed. Davidson Sylne, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, a father of three young children, told Davie police he committed the thefts because he "needed the money," police said. Stolen merchandise included power washers, drills and other products valued at $5,997. On Sunday, officers and K-9 arrived at the store at 12:18 a.m. to investigate an alarm and found Sylne hiding in the garden department, where a bag of tools valued at $930 were in a garbage bag next to a fence, according to Leon.

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