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4 members labeled by police as "Chinese Mafia" busted in West Virginia with over 100 fake credit cards - Getting jobs in Chinese restaurants 
Four men from New York and Massachusetts were arrested last week, after police said they were caught red-handed with more than a hundred fake credit cards and merchandise they bought using stolen card information. Investigators call the four, the "Chinese Mafia".

We found over 100 cards, and each of these cards represents a different potential victim," said Barboursville Police Det. Greg Lucas. Barboursville Police said the four men, Tianli Yang, Xiongfu Yang, Ming Chen, Mei Bao Lu, were all from New England and part of a big crime ring.

They said their plan was to work at Chinese restaurants in the area, specifically Charleston, use a pocket device to skim your cards and steal information to make fake cards for big purchases for things like gift cards.

Asheboro, N.C.: Three Brooklyn, N.Y., men part of "Cell in Worldwide Credit Card Scam Operation" busted in North Carolina
Capt. Derrick Hill, with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, said the vice unit went on Sept. 4 with a search warrant to an apartment at 4131 Bentley Drive in Randleman where a marijuana grow operation had been reported. Inside the apartment, the officers located credit-card embossing equipment and at least 200 fraudulent credit cards with worldwide identifications.

Hill said the number of charges, the number of names and the international addresses lead detectives to believe that these men were just a small cell of multiple, perhaps thousands, of cells in small towns where fraudulent credit cards are being created.

Detectives located stacks of credit cards that were found to have stolen account information embossed onto the cards along with the suspects' names. Hill said the number of charges, the amount of money involved and the international connections are expected to trigger a federal investigation.

Norwalk, CT: Home Goods apprehends 2 believed to be tied to $20,000 in theft
A shoplifting incident at Home Goods led to a foot chase across I-95 Sunday, Norwalk Police said. Home Goods security personnel told police that they had a suspected female shoplifter in custody, but that her male companion had escaped on foot. Interstate traffic was stopped and Norwalk Police officers crossed the highway on foot, according to police reports; the male suspect was located hiding under a truck in a plant nursery. According to police, Home Goods security holds Carole Anderson and Kevin Talbert responsible for an estimated $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise over an unspecified period of time.

Two Dallas women were arrested Sept. 1 for Organized Retail theft in Montgomery County 
A deputy was dispatched to the 3000 block of College Park in reference to two shoplifters that had been detained. Once on scene, the deputy made contact with loss prevention and was advised that the women had entered the store and allegedly took several items. They then reportedly concealed them and left the store without making any attempt to pay for said items.

Asset Protection agent at Best Buy lets buddy swipe 2 big-screen TVs
Best Buy customer Jose Harlet Frias rolled two large-screen TVs worth $1,500 each out of a Kissimmee store after his buddy helped him land a big discount. Frias only paid for candy. Osceola County Sheriff's Office detectives recently arrested Best Buy employee Gustavo Andres Ramos-Sanchez and Frias, saying they worked together during the Sept. 2 theft. It happened at the store on W. Osceola Parkway, where Ramos-Sanchez worked in "asset protection position," a statement from the Sheriff's Office said. Sanchez, 20, is charged with two counts of retail and two counts of trafficking in stolen property. Frias, 21, is charged with two counts of retail theft, two counts of dealing in stolen property and one count of violating a pawn-broker law.

Fort Smith, AR Police Search For Two After $1,500 Felony Walmart Theft
An employee at Walmart told police that a white man wearing a grey Spiro bulldogs hoodie stole the items, which included three televisions and miscellaneous apparel.

Hadley, MA: Alleged repeat Dyson vacuum thief arrested
Mateusz Hadjuk, 23, of Granby, was arrested at 7:04 p.m. Friday and charged with two counts of larceny over $250. On separate occasions, Hadjuk allegedly took two Dyson vacuum cleaners from Wal-Mart totaling $698, police said.

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