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ORC 10-14-15




Aspen, CO: Alleged watch thief, accused of taking $266,000 in Rolexes -
turns self in to police
A 30-year-old man is facing multiple felonies for allegedly stealing eight Rolex watches from an Aspen jeweler and bilking a local couple out of $60,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme. Jared J. Mastroianni, is alleged to have written a fraudulent check on Jan. 14 to a local jeweler for $266,440 for the Rolex watches. Mastroianni in the previous five months had purchased five Rolex watches from the company and successfully completed the transactions. The jewelry store owner "told me he developed a level of trust with Mastroianni because of these two significant sales," wrote Aspen police detective Rick Magnuson in an arrest affidavit.

Opa-locka, FL: Man arrested after stealing $116,000 worth of merchandise; 2nd time the merchandise was stolen since Sunday
A man was arrested Tuesday after police say he stole a tractor, trailer and several pallets of clothing. Jeronimo Becerra Alvarez, 42, now faces charges of cargo theft, grand theft, fleeing and eluding and resisting without violence. According to police, it all began Sunday when the trailer and pallets of clothing going to Greenfield, Indiana, were stolen from 7151 NW 27th Ave. The $116,000 worth of equipment and merchandise, however, was recovered Monday and returned to the leasing company, police said. But detectives say that about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday the trailer and merchandise were stolen for a second time. With the help of a GPS tracker, officers arrived at Northwest 116th Street and Northwest 34th Avenue in Opa-locka, where they found Alvarez attaching the trailer to a stolen tractor, police said. Alvarez was arrested.

Lacey, WA: Tips sought in $25,000 Cabela's theft
Lacey Police are asking the public for help locating a man who is suspected of using another person's identification to buy $25,000 worth of equipment and merchandise from the Lacey Cabela's. David Legge, 51, is suspected of buying a tractor, trailer and other merchandise over several trips to the store, according to the Lacey Police Department.

Wilkes- Barre, PA: NY woman indicted in $18,000
Credit Card Fraud; hit Best Buy and Lowes 
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Zeni Ortiz-Reyes, 31, of Middletown, New York, was charged in an indictment with making purchases with an unauthorized access device card. Ortiz-Reyes allegedly made purchases at the Best Buy store and in Mechanicsburg and at a Lowes store in West Hazelton in June 2014. Ortiz-Reyes purchased gift cards and merchandise using credit cards she applied for in someone else's name without that person's knowledge or permission. The gift cards and merchandise amount to approximately $18,000.

Dawson Co., GA: Shoplifters take $9,000 in coats from Burberry Outlet store
A pair of brazen thieves lifted nearly 20 designer jackets valued at more than $9,000 from a shop at North Georgia Premium Outlets Friday evening. Workers at Burberry said the couple was in the outlet store an hour earlier and asked to place some shoes and a belt on hold. When they returned just after 6 p.m., Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said they swiped the jackets, ranging in price from $405-595 each, off the racks and fled the store. Burberry was hit once more over the summer when three suspects used a sledgehammer Aug. 15 to burst through the front glass before getting away with more than $20,000 in designer handbags, clothing and accessories. Less than two weeks earlier, a woman entered the Zales Outlet just after opening, brandished a firearm , forced employees to a back room where she zip-tied their and escaped with $13,000 in jewels.

Bolingbrook, IL: 4 charged with stealing 100 items from 6 different stores
Four Chicago women face retail theft charges after Bolingbrook police recovered more than 100 items stolen from the Promenade shopping mall. The stolen merchandise was found following a call about a theft at the Victoria's Secret store. The recovered items - stolen from six different stores - were valued at about $2,500, according to police. After the call about the theft at Victoria's Secret, officers went to the mall and approached two of the women, who did not have any of the merchandise. Officers watched them get into a car and drive away and later pulled over the vehicle. That's when they discovered the stolen items, police said. According to a release from the Bolingbrook Police Department, the women pointed out what they wanted and had the 17-year-old steal the items.

Tampa, FL: Florida Retail Federation honors Sarasota Police Detective
Florida Retail Federation has recognized detective Jason Friday as 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Friday was honored at the FRF awards dinner Monday night in Tampa. Friday won for his expertise in preventing economic crimes, organized retail theft and the fraudulent use of cloned credit cards. One case of note is being federally prosecuted against a large Organized Retail Crime ring. The suspects have been connected to crimes in six Florida counties and two other states, with an estimated financial impact to the retail community in excess of $700,000.

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