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ORC 9-18-15




Sheriff's Office assists in multi-jurisdictional $75,000 Organized Theft Ring investigation 
Marion County's Sheriff Tim Bailey announced for that a six-month investigation concluded with a bust of a multi-jurisdictional theft ring. The investigation included the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion City Police Department, MARMET-METRICH Drug Task Force, Columbus Police Department, Delaware County Prosecutor's Office and Ohio Organized Crime Commission. This theft ring affected eleven counties: Delaware, Marion, Hardin, Franklin, Logan, Seneca, Hancock, Morrow, Wyandot, Knox, and Richland. Twelve different store chains were victims to these theft suspects with a loss of over $75,000 in merchandise. The case resulted in several felony indictments by a Delaware County Grand Jury this week.

Marion Co, FL: Publix Recognizes MCSO Detective for support in $50,000 ORC Investigation 
On August 13, our Property Crimes Detectives arrested 5 people in a massive retail theft shoplifting ring that was targeting North and Central Florida grocery stores. These individuals stole more than $50,000 worth of beauty, dental care, medical and other products from Publix and Winn-Dixie stores and then sold the items on eBay. Today, September 17, Kevin Shultz, Norman Bonar, Jay Harvey and other employees from Publix came to thank Sheriff Chris Blair and his team for their outstanding support, dedication and tireless work in identifying these individuals, placing them under arrest and breaking up this organized retail theft ring.

Canandaigua, NY: Jewel thief gets 5-10 years for $30,000 scam
The man caught attempting to steal around $30,000 worth of jewelry from a store in Victor's Eastview Mall using a cloned credit card was handed a sentence Thursday afternoon that includes five to 10 years in prison. The charges came about after Scarlett entered the Mann's Jewelers on Feb. 11 and picked out a Rolex watch, priced at $28,000, and a pair of diamond earrings for $2,000. He then displayed a Capital One credit card to pay for the merchandise, which initially cleared electronically. However, the salesperson felt there was something wrong with the card. "So she called Capital One and was advised that there was no record of such an account," the prosecutor said.

Aurora, IN: Man accused in $6,000 theft scheme with international ties
Police said the man behind bars is part of a bigger fraud ring that left a victim out thousands of dollars and more possible victims. A victim from Kettering, Ohio, noticed $6,000 in transactions he didn't make in Aurora, Indiana. That's when investigators unraveled a bigger scheme. Abdul Kunetah, 24, of Ghana, West Africa, is now locked up, accused in the local fraud scheme with international connections. Investigators said the restaurant supervisor somehow stole bank information from at least one victim in Kettering. They said he called the victim's Chase Bank, pretended to be the victim and got a debit card sent overnight to his Aurora, Indiana, home. Detectives said Kunetah then went on a $6,000 spending spree. He was seen on surveillance video at Walmart using the debit card to buy money orders and pre-paid cards.

Fairfax, OH: 2 Walmart Associates face theft charges of nearly $4K
Kalissha Coulter and Ashley Roberts are facing theft charges after the Walmart loss prevention officers claim that would scan and then void sales of items for customers and co-workers. The officers also claim they would place items in customers' bags without scanning them. The claims suggest the women worked at Walmart.

ORC 9-18-15
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