Prison for 'ringleader' in Cabela's theft ring
The last of four people involved in a scam to return items stolen from stores to
fund drug habits has been sentenced. Joel Austin McMullen, 27, will spend the
next 18 months to 20 years in prison for his role in the scam that police say
netted the group more than $3,000, which was used primarily to buy narcotics.
His cohorts have already been sentenced for their involvement. Stephanie Joy
Bekkering, 27, was sentenced to 14 months to 20 years in prison while her
husband, Kyle Nathan Scheuneman, received 16 months to 20 years in prison after
they both admitted to joining the heroin-fueled endeavor.
According to Grandville Police Department investigators, 22-year-old Todd Nathan
Jamison stole items from Cabela's Sporting Goods Store near RiverTown Crossings
mall in Grandville at the behest of Scheuneman, but detectives identified
McMullen as the ringleader. The group returned the stolen items to the store
where they would receive gift cards because they had no receipts, police say.
They then sold the gift cards for drug money. mlive.com
Beach, DE: Delaware State Police arrest 5 in a seaside ORC spree Five
people are arrested and charged in connection with an organized shoplifting ring
in Sussex County, according to Delaware State Police. Troopers say around 1:30
p.m. Tuesday, they received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the
parking lot of Seaside Outlets with people possibly shoplifting items from
nearby stores. Upon the troopers' arrival to the area, authorities say a red car
was found and matched the description give to the dispatcher. Police say they
then contacted four people inside the vehicle and also found several bags of
suspected merchandise in the back seat. Police searched the vehicle and
confirmed the items were stolen merchandise from several retail stores in the
Seaside and Bayside Outlets, including Express, Nike, J. Crew, Under Armor,
Orvis, Sperry, American Eagle, Nautica, and Pacific Sunwear, according to
police, totaling a value of more than $2,600. Police say they also found three
metal wire cutters used to cut the anti-theft devices that are attached to the
clothing. Police say they also found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Atlanta, GA: $35K in jeans, hoodies taken from Dillard's in Atlantic Station
smash-and-grab Thieves smashed their way into the Dillard's department
store at Atlantic Station early Tuesday, making off with nearly $35,000 in
high-dollar jeans and hoodies, police said. According to Atlanta police
spokeswoman Kim Jones, the thieves used a large rock to shatter the side glass
doors to the store about 2 a.m. The store's assistant manager told investigators
she noticed 200 pairs of Rock Revival jeans that sell for $169 a pair had been
taken, along with four Ralph Lauren Polo hoodies valued at $145 each.
East Windsor, CT: Police Searching for Suspects in Walmart Thefts They
say the women pictured below used their Labor Day holiday to shoplift more than
$500 worth of merchandise from the store. They say the blond woman distracted
the Walmart greeter to allow the woman pushing the cart to scoot by. They say a
child is with the woman pushing the cart.
Traverse City, MI: Couple accused in Shoplifting Spree; Red purse gave her away
An open box in a Wal-Mart aisle started an evidence trail that led authorities
to a Traverse City couple now accused of using children to help shoplift more
than $1,500 from the store. Lindsey Daughtry's distinctive red purse proved to
be a vital bit of evidence in a subsequent sheriff's department probe. The
investigation led prosecutors to authorize charges this week against the
Daughtrys for first-degree retail fraud and contributing to the delinquency of a
child. Giddis said the suspects remained unidentified until the Wal-Mart
employee met with a Grand Traverse Mall security officer who recognized Ernest
Northbrook, IL: Nearly $8,000 of iPod Nanos stolen from store
Employees of a Northbrook Court store reported noticing around 5 p.m. Aug. 30
that all of the store's iPod Nanos had been stolen. Missing are 40 to 50 of the
devices, worth $6,000 to $8,000.
Twin Falls, ID: Alert Police officer nabs shoplifter coming out of Target
Twin Falls police say a man attempting to shoplift from Target walked right past
a police officer with an armful of clothing. Authorities say the officer
approached the 25-year-old man in the parking lot as he carried $80 worth of
clothes on hangers without a bag. The officer asked if he had a receipt but the
man was unable to produce one after pretending to search his car. Authorities
say the man quickly turned on his vehicle and fled. Police say the officer had
to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. A brief pursuit was called off. The
shoplifter was arrested on Monday.
London, England: Topshop Sales Assistant stole $38,000 in clothes to sell on
A sales assistant at Topshop's flagship store on Oxford Street stole
almost $38,000 of clothes and cosmetics to sell on eBay. Stephen Hung, 35, is
accused of pocketing $9,200 from the scam - and stealing "in excess of 700"
garments from the fashionable clothing shop. Prosecutors said Hung targeted
items worth $38,000 that had not been tagged and then hid them as he strolled
out of the store at the end of his shifts between February and December last
year. Prosecutor Grace Ong said Hung set up three Ebay accounts and then sold
the stock for profit.
Tokyo Police arrest 2 International Jewel Thieves, members of the 'Pink Panda'
Crime Organization' The Tokyo Police has recently arrested two Chinese
suspects for stealing a diamond ring valued at $170,000. The arrest, according
to Interpol, occurred on 20 August at Narita Airport. Footage from a Tokyo
jeweler's security camera enabled Interpol in Japan to publish a Purple Notice
illustrating how the suspects entered the shop in January and pocketed the
diamond ring while diverting the vendor's attention. Based on intelligence
generated by similar jewelry heists in France, Tokyo police and Interpol's Paris
office worked together to identify the two suspects as 44-year old Huang Wende
and 40-year old Zhang Liangchen, members of the renowned 'Pink Panda' crime
group. 'Pink Panda' is an organized crime theft ring that has been operating
worldwide for at least five years and targets high-value jewels.