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ORC 10-13-15




Cadillac, MI: Traffic stop leads to $15,000 recovery an 2 Changed with Check Fraud and Organized Retail Theft
Two Indiana men have been arraigned in Wexford County on stolen property charges after they were stopped for speeding in Cadillac Thursday night. Tige Romain Fennessee, 40, of South Bend, Indiana, was charged with two counts of organized retail crime, two counts of forgery, altercation or counterfeiting of a financial transaction device, and receiving and concealing stolen property following incidents at Family Farm and Fleet and Tractor Supply between Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in Cadillac. During questioning, one suspect revealed there was a warrant for his arrest on fraudulent check charges in Indiana. After placing him under arrest, the officer found chainsaws and other merchandise in the back of the vehicle. The suspects' vehicle was impounded, and a search warrant was obtained. A search of the vehicle revealed more than $15,000 worth of property allegedly purchased with fraudulent checks. Some of the items were purchased in Cadillac. Several pieces of identification and checks matching the IDs also were recovered.

Jackson, MS: Thieves use a small boy to pull-off a $1,500 Cricket Wireless phone theft 
Flowood Police are searching for several thieves who worked together to steal cell phones Monday from a company that captured the crime on surveillance cameras. What's even more disturbing is that a small child took part in the theft. Bluephone wireless company owner Jared Laster was shocked by the bold theft at his business Monday morning when five people walked in and walked out with $1,500 in cellphones. The thefts happened around 11:15 a.m. and less than an hour later they entered Cricket Wireless in Jackson to have the phones activated. The manager said it was a regular customer who had three children with them. "Once they left, the young lady next door at the check cashing place next to us came over. She apparently already got the information about them stealing phones," said Cricket Manager Melisa Palmer. "Apparently the kids are used to this because when I saw the video it was like they were pros."

Bay City, MI: A couple gets jail, probation for $4,917 bottle return slip scam
An investigation determined that in August and September, Deana LaBean and her husband would come to the store two to three times daily and redeem bottle slips totaling hundreds of dollars, Albrecht said. Their two daughters also would visit the store to redeem bottle slips, Albrecht testified. Via bottle slip returns, the LaBeans stole $2,177.10 in August 2014 and $2,740.10 September 2014, Albrecht testified.

Lewis Co, WA: Woman Charged After Theft of $3,000 in Merchandise From Centralia Outlet Malls
A Tacoma woman was charged Monday with orchestrating a retail theft operation, including the use of three juveniles to steal $3,000 worth of items from several stores in the Centralia Factory Outlets. Rosemary Valderas Valencia, 44, of Tacoma, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of second-degree organized retail theft. Officers obtained a search warrant for the car and reportedly found $3,034 in stolen merchandise from Aeropostale, Claire's, Hanes, UnderArmour, The Children's Place, New Balance and Nike.

Naugatuck, CT: Cart Load of merchandise recovered by Walmart Loss Prevention
Police reported on Oct. 6 at approximately 12:24 a.m. an officer responded to Walmart for a larceny complaint. Police reported Mateo and another suspect stole groceries, cleaning supplies, toys and watches which totaled $657.53. When they were approached by loss prevention in the parking lot, police reported, they left the chart full of merchandise and left in a vehicle. They were located and stopped on Route 8 a short time later.

ORC 10-13-15
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