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Hempstead, NY: 2 Home Depot Employees Arrested for Over $200,000 in Credit Card Fraud  Two men who worked at Home Depot stole more than $200,000 from the store by using stolen credit card information to purchase gift cards. According to detectives, Frederick D. Harris Jr, and Steve D. Kerr, while employed as cashiers at Home Depot, located on Fulton Ave. conducted numerous fraudulent credit card transactions using stolen credit card information. Along with several unidentified individuals they purchased various Home Depot gift cards and Visa gift cards in various dollar amounts causing Home Depot to suffer more than $200,000 in losses. These transactions occurred between June 21 and Aug. 17. After an investigation, Harris and Kerr were arrested without incident by Hempstead Police officers on Tuesday at Home Depot.

Bowling Green, KY: Cuban national pleads guilty in $71,000
credit card fraud scheme 
An investigation led by the U.S. Secret Service found that Guerra and Simon rented a car at Louisville International Airport on Feb. 11 and spent the next eight days using stolen information to open membership accounts at various Sam's Club stores, according to court records. Police found about 60 re-encoded credit cards in the rental car, along with gift cards and receipts linked to purchases made with the credit cards. More than $71,000 worth of illegal purchases were made with the re-encoded cards, according to court records.

Hendersonville, TN: Police Search For Men In Suspected Theft Ring;
$80,000 in equipment stolen 
Hendersonville Police have asked for the public's assistance in tracking down what they believe to be a professional theft ring. Investigators said two men who stole $80,000 worth of equipment overnight have committed similar crimes across the state. "They appeared to be very organized. They knew what they were doing. The way they broke into the business; it was very aggressive," said Sgt. Jim Vaughn with the Hendersonville Police.

Cascade Twp, MI: Well-planned heist targets jewelry store
The heist that targeted a family-owned jewelry store in Cascade Township appeared well-planned and likely took a lot of time. When it was done, somebody made off with thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from a safe at Vandenberg Jewelers and a second safe. Kent County sheriff's deputies say it happened sometime overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. They discovered that somebody had cut an inch-thick AT&T phone cable at a box behind the building. AT&T work crews said it appears professional-grade wire cutters were used to make the clean cut. Detectives also discovered security system boxes were smashed.

Austin, TX: Four people arrested after high-speed chase through Hays, Travis Counties 
Law enforcement officers from four agencies worked together to track and arrest four men early Thursday morning after a high-speed chase and crash that spanned two counties. DPS trooper Robbie Barrera says just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, a DPS trooper tried to stop a black GMC SUV on Interstate 35, the driver refused to stop. The chase ended in East Austin when the SUV rammed several cars and crashed at the corner of Highway 183. Sheriff's deputies launched a search and were able to find all four men by 4:00 a.m. Investigators also found suspected stolen merchandise in the SUV, so they anticipate filing charges for organized crime/theft of over $1,500, evading on foot, evading in a vehicle, and failing to stop and render aid. Three of the suspects have prior felony convictions.

Springfield, MO: Police say married couple repeatedly used stolen checks, debit cards; over $1,200 in merchandise purchased 
City police believe a man from Springfield is a persistent thief who uses stolen debit cards, credit cards and checks to make hundreds of dollars in purchases. Greene County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Dustin Odom with 10 crimes that occurred between Sept. 25, 2014, and July 21, 2015. Prosecutors also told a judge that Springfield police are investigating Odom for other fraudulent purchases.

Lyndhurst, OH: Police seeking 2 suspect in $1,000 Gymboree theft
Two female shoplifters at Gymboree were suspected of stealing approximately $1,000 in merchandise Sept. 15 and running from the store.

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