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FBI dismantles South Florida-based identity theft ring - Hitting Outlets throughout South Florida
Help from an informant allowed FBI agents to dismantle an identity theft ring whose members stole Social Security numbers and credit card information to purchase electronic gadgets and other articles in sales outlets throughout South Florida, according to federal court records.

Lancaster County, PA., Fencing Operation busted - Secret Service bust suspected fencing ring
Four Lancaster County residents have been arrested in a joint operation between the sheriff's office and the U-S Secret Service in what's being described as a boosting and fencing operation. Thomas McManus, 64, Sharon McManus, 65, Harold McDonald, 30 and Jimmy Montgomery, 67, are all charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and interstate receipt of stolen property.

The federal indictment claims a group of people known as boosters stole merchandise from several large retailers, and sold them to the defendants, also known as fences, for a fraction of their retail value. The fences then sold the merchandise at a profit, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Barfield said. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Middlesboro, KY: Dream Furniture Manager and wife steal $28,000 of merchandise off the dock 
Collins had worked at Dream Furniture for two years and had been promoted to warehouse manager earlier this year. Shortly after the promotion, Dream Furniture vice president Heather Burkhart said she noticed an item missing from the store, but would have never suspected Collins had anything to do with it. Burkhart went straight to the source and viewed the surveillance footage. She said the video footage showed Collins pulling a Dream Furniture truck up to the store's loading dock, loading merchandise onto it and then driving off. Burkhart has spent days going over footage, finding the same scenes replaying - Collins pulling up in one of her company trucks, loading merchandise and then driving away. According to Burkhart, theft is the only reasonable explanation for the video footage because Collins doesn't do deliveries.

Alton, IL: Alton Police Officer Derek Vetter, recovered three of at least four identical handbags seized from the car the woman was in as he talks to an Alton detective 
The bags still had all of the store's tags still attached to them. Alton Police officers handcuff a woman before taking her to Alton city jail Tuesday as a suspect in the alleged retail theft of items from Ross Dress For Less. Police said Tuesday they would seek felony charges against the woman today. Tuesday saw a rash of retail thefts from businesses on the Homer Adams Parkway.

Dawson Co, GA: North Georgia Premium Outlets the target of a $3,000 theft
Bandits continue to target North Georgia Premium Outlets, this time shoplifting nearly $3,000 in merchandise from more than a half dozen stores at the outdoor mall. "Most of what was taken was from Claire's, Gymboree and Aeropostale," said Dawson County Sheriff's Inv. Greg Edwards. Bath and Body Works, Pac Sun, Papaya, Adidas and Disney were also among other stores hit in Thursday's spree.

St Mary's Co, CA: Two Suspects Wanted for $1,000 Theft and Assault at Lowe's 
On Monday, September 14, 2015, the St Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the Lowe's store in California, to investigate a Theft and Assault. Upon arrival, officers met with store employees who stated the two black males stole over $1,000 in merchandise. A Lowe's employee confronted the suspects. Subsequently, one of the suspects struck the employee. A store customer observed the incident and attempted to confront the second suspect. The second suspect tried to assault the customer.

Shreveport, LA: Police seeking 2 suspects in the theft of thousands of dollars in merchandise from Belk 
Back on August 7, Shreveport Police patrol officers were called to the Belks Department Store relative to a theft of merchandise. On scene at the business, authorities learned that two male suspects entered the business with large garbage bags and began filling the bags with clothing items from the shelves. The men, after taking their fill of thousands of dollars in designer clothing, made their way out of the business without paying.

Gardendale, AL: CVS hit for over $600 in merchandise
Gardendale Police are looking for a suspect who took about $600 worth of merchandise from a local drugstore. The suspect was seen on video surveillance at the CVS Pharmacy, located at the corner of Fieldstown Road and Main Street. She was in the store Monday between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m.

Louisville, KY: Two women arrested after repeated thefts at Victoria's Secret 
Two women appeared in court Monday after they were accused of a shoplifting spree while riding in a stolen vehicle. Tristan Gaston and Clinesha Henry are both charged with engaging in organized crime, robbery and shoplifting. Police say the pair stole from the Victoria's Secret store at the Mall St. Matthews at least twice and getting more than $500 in merchandise each time. Investigators say they stole from the DXL Destination store, also located in the mall. The women admitted to re-selling the merchandise for half-off in west Louisville.

Shreveport, LA: Target store target of attempted food theft
Police are asking for the public's help with identifying a man suspected of trying to steal hundreds of dollars in food items from a store. Back in June, Shreveport police were called to the Target store in the 7100 block of Youree Drive on reports of a theft.

Brookfield, WI: Five men and two women stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from Sports Authority at approximately 7:22 p.m. Sept. 13

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