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ORC 9-17-15




Phoenix, AZ., Police bust 7 for $50k of merchandise during 49 incidents of
theft in valley stores
The 7 people stole merchandise from Macy's, Burlington Coat, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls stores in Pheonix, Glendale, Peoria, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, and Avondale. Police say during the thefts, high-dollar merchandise, such as designer handbags, clothing and sunglasses, were taken. The thefts occurred between May 7 and September 3. During their investigation, police learned the suspects entered the stores individually or as a group, and walked out with the merchandise without paying.

Baltimore, MD., Three Defendants Indicted in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme
Dominici owned and operated JJ&M Enterprises, LLC, a business based in Annapolis. Ledbetter worked at JJ&M. Price was a server at a restaurant in Gambrills, Maryland. According to the seven count superseding indictment, from at least July 2014 to February 9, 2015, Dominici obtained stolen or otherwise compromised credit card numbers from several sources, including black market "carding" websites where stolen credit card information can be purchased. Price used electronic devices known as skimmers to fraudulently obtain the credit card information of restaurant customers who paid by credit card. Price then provided this stolen customer information to Dominici for use in producing fraudulently re-encoded credit cards. Dominici and Ledbetter obtained stored value cards, used special equipment to encode the stolen account information onto stored value cards and then used the fraudulently re-encoded credit and stored value cards to buy merchandise.

Secret Service investigation in merchandise stealing operation nets 4 arrests in Lancaster Co, NC; Walmart, CVS & Home Depot 
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office worked with federal agency to uncover the alleged crimes. Federal indictment alleges intricate scheme to resell stolen items. As part of the scheme, a group of people known as "boosters" were stealing merchandise from large retailers including Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Harris Teeter, including from locations in North Carolina's middle federal district, according to an indictment. These "boosters" brought the merchandise into Lancaster County and sold it to the McManuses, McDonald and Montgomery - known as the "fences" in the operation - at a fraction of its retail value. The "fences" then sold the merchandise at a profit at locations in Lancaster County and elsewhere, the indictment states. In March 2014, the McManuses purchased about $5,500 in stolen merchandise that included flat-screen televisions, power drills, packages of batteries and bulk packages of over-the-counter medication, court records show.

Edinburg, TX: Warehouse employee charged in snack theft;
$100,000 worth of snacks  
A Pharr man was arraigned Tuesday in connection with the theft of more than $100,000 worth of snacks after he turned himself in to the sheriff's office Monday afternoon. Albert Sanchez was formally charged by Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Gilberto Saenz with a felony theft charge after sheriff's investigators said the man stole more than $100,000 worth of Takis chips from a local distribution company, spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said. Sanchez's bond was set at $40,000. Rodriguez said Sanchez, who worked as a warehouse employee at R&R Distributors, stole several pallets of merchandise over the course of more than six months and then resold them at various locations in and around the county.

Indianapolis, IN: Central Indiana AT&T stores hit for tens of thousands in merchandise; suspects identified  
Police have one person in custody and are searching for a second person in connection with the theft of tens of thousands of dollars' worth of phones throughout Central Indiana. Police said the suspects were not only working together, but were cousins. The two struck every AT&T store throughout the county, some of them several times. The suspects, Lonnie Morton and Terry Henton, had mastered the art of stealing cell phones, according to police. Investigators said their crime spree began months ago when they targeted a far west side AT&T store, where they learned to disable the wire security tethers of phones on display.

Palm Beach, FL: Shoplifter apprehended with 23 items, valued at $550
A man was stopped by a store's loss prevention officer after taking five shirts, sticking them into a large bag and leaving a store in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard without paying. Though the loss prevention officer only witnessed the man place the five shirts in his bag, he actually had 23 items from the store that he had not paid for. The items were worth nearly $550. He was arrested.

Oklahoma City, OK: Walmart ticket-switch lands a suspect in jail; search uncovers, marijuana, meth and hydrocodone
Court documents said a loss prevention officer at the Interstate 240 location witnessed 32-year-old Kendra Wolf taking labels off of merchandise discounted for clearance. She was then spotted placing those labels on regularly priced merchandise. The store claims Wolf then used the self-checkout lane to purchase the items. The total loss for the store was $155.55.

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