MO: Teen stole $45,000 of guns from Bass Pro's Fine Gun Room A
Springfield teenager has been arrested after police say he broke in through an
outside window and stole more than $45,000 worth of guns from the Fine Gun Room
at Bass Pro Shops. Ray J. Genel, 17, was arrested Friday after a brief foot
pursuit and charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the gun theft.
Police were dispatched to Bass Pro Shops at Campbell Avenue and Sunshine Street
just after 5 a.m. Aug. 8 for reports of a break-in. An employee was stocking
merchandise in the hunting department when he noticed the glass door to the Fine
Gun Room was shattered and someone was standing inside with a bandanna covering
his face. The masked man, who police say was Genel, pointed a handgun at the
employee and threatened to shoot him if he did not leave.
Canadian Co, OK: Gift cards valued at more than $30,000 recovered during routine
traffic stop About 11:40 p.m. Friday, deputies pulled over a black
2015 Infinity sports utility vehicle with California tags on I-40. The deputy
believed the people in the car might be involved in criminal activity because
neither of the occupants' names were listed on the rental agreement. The people
in the car also could not explain how they had possession of the vehicle, which
was supposed to be returned to the rental group two weeks ago. A K-9 unit was
called to the scene, and alerted deputies to the presence of drugs. Deputies
found 4 grams of marijuana in the front seat pocket and 320 assorted plastic
Gift & Cash cards inside three suitcases. The cards were valued at more than
$30,000. The people inside the car told deputies that the cards weren't theirs
and they didn't know how they got into their luggage.
TX: 2 wanted in HEB, Lowe's gift card fraud scam Austin police are
searching for two people who they say participated in a gift card scam that
netted them $7,000 in cash. According to an arrest warrant, Isaac Alonso, 41,
and Felicia Ojeda, 31, went to several different HEB grocery stores throughout
Austin and bought Lowe's gift cards using credit cards that ended up not
processing. Police say the scheme the suspects are accused of using allows them
to take advantage of a "glitch" in the gift card purchase. By working together,
the suspects can "buy" and activate the gift cards without actually paying for
the gift cards. Police say once the suspects "bought" the Lowe's gift cards,
they used the gift cards to buy items from Lowe's and then returned the items
for cash, valued at nearly $7,000.
Wichita Falls, TX: 2 from Lawton, TX arrested in theft ring; Police seeking 3rd
Police arrested a man and woman and are looking for a third suspect in a theft
ring, and all of them are from Lawton. Police arrested Tanika Huffman and Bobby
Burrell Sunday afternoon in Wichita Falls. After receiving a call about a
disturbance at Target, officers were given information that the suspects left in
a white Tahoe heading to Wal-Mart. They found the vehicle at Kohl's where
officers detained Huffman and Burrell. They recovered more than $3,000 worth of
clothing stolen from Dillard's. Authorities arrested Huffman and Burrell on
charges of engaging in organized criminal activity theft over $2,500. Police
have not yet located the third suspect involved.
St Petersburg, FL: Police searching for suspects in $3,000 Macy's purse thefts
St. Petersburg police are searching for two people seen in Macy's department
store surveillance photos who they say stole more than $3,000 in Michael Kors
purses. Police described them as a black man, 40 to 50 years old with a thin
build, who was seen wearing a black t-shirt with the word "security" on it, and
a black woman, 30 to 40 years old with a large build, who is known to wear a
head wrap and carry a large purse or shopping bag. The man was seen using a
cutting tool to free the purses from the store security wires, police said.
Frederick, MD: Six women stole $1,400 in merchandise from Francis Scott Key Mall
Several Baltimore women were caught with more than $1,000 worth of stolen
merchandise Sunday at Francis Scott Key Mall. Each of the six women faces a
maximum penalty of close to 35 years and $31,500 in fines if convicted of all of
the six criminal charges they face. The thefts were reported at 5:26 p.m.
Sunday, shortly after employees at DSW Shoes saw the women leave the store with
several pairs of shoes without paying. Employees gave deputies a description of
a car the women used, a white Nissan with New York license plates. A Frederick
County sheriff's deputy had the car stop at approximately 6:15 p.m. Employees of
the Victoria's Secret store in the mall told deputies the women had also stolen
items from their store, and the women were identified using store surveillance
footage and by employees of DSW and Victoria's Secret. In total, the women were
caught with $1,169.10 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret and $233.90
worth of shoes from DSW. Deputies also found items stolen from other stores in
the car they used.
Columbus, OH: Woman accused of running one of 'stupidest scams'
Calling it one of the "stupidest scams we've seen," Columbus City Attorney
Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. said police are looking for a 33-year-old North Side
woman who has stolen $2,000 in merchandise from area retailers. Jennifer M. Niziolek enters a store, places items in a cart and then heads to a
customer-service desk, where she attempts to exchange the items for store
credit, gift cards or merchandise vouchers without a receipt, the office said.
On the occasions when she is denied a refund, she simply leaves the
customer-service desk with the items in her cart and walks out the door,
according to the office. Niziolek on at least five occasions dating back to Jan.
2 made off with various goods, including a wet-dry vacuum, a coffee maker and
The latest US
initiative unleashes its Kryptonite
on Retail Organized Crime
ROCC (Retail Organized Crime Coalition) launched
at the 47th annual IAFCI (International Association of Financial
Crimes Investigators) training conference in Minneapolis, MN this
"I am most proud of the inclusion and commitments received from
industry loss prevention experts and key federal agencies to support
the battle against organized retail crime. This type of crime is not
victimless... retailers, both large and small, are affected daily by
villains who carry the pillaged product over state lines causing
higher prices, negatively impact sales tax revenue, and at times...
enable drug addiction when thieves convert the stolen goods into
currency through sales online or to a complicit buy-back business. ROCC intends to leverage its collective talent against the criminals
with assistance from the following investigative leaders; special
agent in charge of criminal investigations Stuart Tryon - The United
States Secret Service, supervisory special agent Scott Campbell -
Federal Bureau of Investigations and assistant deputy chief Gary
Barksdale - United States Postal Inspection Service" As quoted by
Glenn Justus, chair of ROCC.
The 47th IAFCI conference last week provided a forum for education
and networking on subjects including ORC, cyber fraud, the dark web,
identity theft and money laundering.
Please join Glenn and a panel of ROCC board members at Retail Fraud
on September 24th in New York City to learn more about case
referrals and participation or for further information email him
Save the date:
Retail Fraud New York, NYC - September 24th