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Lexington, Ky., 4 Women arrested hitting stores in Fayette Mall with 22 counterfeit credit cards  The four women were arrested at Fayette Mall Tuesday afternoon, where police say they used 22 counterfeit credit cards to purchase over $3,000 worth of merchandise. According to arrest citations, three of the women live in Florida. The fourth, Porto-Zamora, is a resident of Nicholasville. According to arrest citations, Mayara Porto-Zamora, Meylan Montalvo-Gomez, Leyois Basanta-Lopez and Naivys Columnie-Pantoja were arrested on 25 different charges, including forged credit cards.

Lexington Police say they're part of a criminal syndicate and were caught with fake credit cards, stealing thousands of dollars in clothing. It all happened in Lexington, and according to police, all five are now in jail.

Merrimack, NH: Group stole thousands of dollars of merchandise from store  Merrimack police are asking for the public's help to identify six people they said stole thousands of dollars' worth of shoes and clothes and then falsely reported that a child was missing. Police said the group was stealing items from the Nike Store at the Merrimack Premium Outlets for about 90 minutes, making frequent trips in and out. Police said they brought their own bags, filled them up and left with more than $3,600 worth of sneakers and clothes.

Lathrop, CA: Four teens arrested trying to push $2,000 of merchandise out the doors of Target; second day in a row  It was the same time - about 10:30 a.m. - when the store's loss prevention officers noticed what was happening again. On Thursday they had over an estimated $2,000 worth of goods in two shopping carts, deputies said. They returned Friday after fleeing the day before after one of the girls brandished a taser at loss prevention officers causing them to back off. They had left the carts in the parking lot but took the two bags with them before disappearing from sight. Apparently thinking they had learned from their mistakes, they returned the next day with two of them browsing through the store again with shopping bags and the other two commandeering shopping carts. A motel room key was found on one of the teens. The officers drove to the motel and checked out the room and found there were adjoining rooms with the mother and her boyfriend living in one and the girls living in the other. Deputies reportedly uncovered additional property that had apparently been taken from another Target Store.

Knoxville, TN: A few months back deputies raided three Knox County consignment stores for buying and selling stolen formula  But that's not all thieves are targeting for some cash. Capt. George Edlund with the Knox County Sheriff's Office said pet medication, even meat, are hot commodities and some is being sold on the open market on sites like Craigslist and Facebook. It's also being sold at yard sales and Flea Markets in Fountain City, Halls and in Sevier County, according to Edlund. "And they have two or three crates of baby formula. Chances are they probably didn't come by that in an honest way," he said. With formula averaging between $30 to $40 a can, Edlund said parents usually don't buy in bulk. But the number of thefts and black market sales all comes down to the economy.

Boston, Mass., Federal court sentences Massachusetts woman to two years prison for fraudulent CC ring hitting stores for thousands

Jackson, Miss., Two Central Florida men sentenced to two years federal prison for counterfeit CC scam and access devices

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