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San Antonio, TX: SAPD links pair of thieves to $100k theft ring; Colette Smith, Derek Schrimpsher charged with engaging in organized crime
San Antonio police and Bexar County deputies knew a gang of thieves had been making the rounds at big box stores. They didn't know the suspect responsible for organizing the crimes would make their job easier. "We actually discovered that a list had been generated by the fence and the thieves would actually go out to certain retail stores and location and try to get the property that was on that list," said SAPD Sgt. Val Garica. he list was found in a notebook that police said was kept by the "fence," which is a person who sells the stolen property. It included the names of two people arrested Wednesday: Colette Smith, 55, and Derek Schrimpsher, 25. Police said electronics -- including a security system, speakers, headphones and other gadgets -- were stolen, as were dozens of gift cards. "We seized approximately $5,000 worth of property, approximately $50,000 in cash and an undetermined amount in gift cards, we're thinking maybe another $50-$60,000 (in value)," said Garcia.

Newport News, VA: Man pleads guilty to laundering money from jewelry heists; $5M in 6 states
A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty in Newport News federal court Wednesday to charges related to laundering the proceeds of a sophisticated jewelry theft ring, officials said. Slavik Hayimov, aka Steve Hayimov, of Queens, New York, admitted to conspiring with a Richmond-based jewelry theft ring. The theft ring ultimately stole more than $5 million in jewelry from victims in Virginia and at least six other states. The thieves regularly watched jewelry stores and identified vulnerable people who they followed home or to hotels. In most cases, several men suddenly appeared when the victims approached or entered their vehicles. The robbers would then punch out car windows and threaten the victims at knife-point before stealing the merchandise. The robbers then traveled to New York and sold the merchandise to Hayimov, court documents state. Knowing the merchandise was stolen, Hayimov paid far less than fair market value for the jewelry. He paid in cash and by making anonymous bank deposits to conceal the activities.

'Professional' theft crew steals $50,000 in jewelry from upscale consignment shop
Lake Oswego police are asking for the public's help in solving a slickly choreographed theft at an upscale consignment shop Sunday that netted more than $50,000 in jewelry. No one was hurt in the incident. "It appears that this theft was committed by a professional crew of suspects that have likely committed similar thefts in other areas," said Sgt. Tom Hamann, Lake Oswego Police Department spokesman. Hamann said two women and a man entered the New to You & Simply Posh store before 3 p.m. While store clerks were occupied, one of the first three "customers" signaled the man who came in alone later. That man then used a tool to lift the glass top of a display case, took 40 pieces of jewelry and put them in a bag before leaving the store.

Hurst, TX: Police break up suspected retail theft ring targeting area malls
A sharp-eyed patrol officer helped authorities break up what they described as a large retail theft ring that traveled across the U.S. targeting merchants and stealing large amounts of property. Alerted by bulletins about a group of people stealing from area malls, patrol officer Ryan Tooker spotted one of the suspects last week at North East Mall. Tooker told mall security officers, who watched the suspect and later got vehicle information. After the vehicle left the mall parking lot, 1100 Melbourne Road, patrol officers stopped it on a traffic violation and found stolen merchandise from the mall. Arrested at the scene were Maria Alvarez, 30; Luis Perera, 21; Osmany Martinez, 26; and Antony Ferreyra, 29, all of Florida. The four are expected to be charged with organized retail theft of $2,500 to $30,000, police said Wednesday. Police recovered $4,489.19 in merchandise from the vehicle. The items were returned to Hollister Co. and Victoria's Secret.

Portland, OR: Boosters, Fences: Inside organized retail theft; Police & crime alliance investigate
Industrywide, retailers big and small are facing staggering losses because of organized retail crime. In the Pacific Northwest, private retailers and police have formed an organization called the Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NWORCA). The group will cross competitive boundaries and will share information and intelligence on suspected criminals and criminal activity, according to Fred Meyer spokesperson Melinda Merrill.

Fort Wayne, IN: 2 charged in stealing, selling household items from Meijers
Vacuum cleaners and air conditioners, sump pumps and chain saws were some of the items two people are charged with taking from three Allen County Meijer locations between January and July. Jonathan Norris Lane, 36, and Rosealyn Marie Reeves, 36, both of Fort Wayne, are accused of swiping household appliances and home and garden equipment and selling them for profit. Both have been charged with racketeering and corrupt business influence in Allen County Superior Court. A Meijer Inc. loss-prevention officer identified the pair on in-store cameras that showed them leaving with unpaid merchandise. The jig was up when a purchase ticket at Lev's Pawn Shop No.12 matched the serial number on a vacuum, which was sold from the shop for $125 on June 15. The vacuum had been stolen from the Maysville Road Meijer, the court report stated. The transaction identified Lane and Reeves through Indiana ID cards as the sellers. The two have an extensive sales history with Lev's since 2012, discovered through LeadsOnline, including the vacuum and a window air conditioner this year. Meijer indicated that Lane and Reeves were the main suspects in the disappearance of 36 Bissell vacuum cleaners, six Dyson vacuum cleaners, five air conditioners, five sump pumps, four chain saws, two weed trimmers, three Hoover vacuum cleaners and a 45-pint dehumidifier.

Corpus Christi, TX: Four women are arrested after they tried the "five-finger discount" with over two-thousand dollars of stuff from a local department store
Police were called to the JC Penney store at La Palmera Mall Tuesday night after employees of the store saw four women go through the store, then split into two teams, each one putting items into their purses and try to walk out with paying. Loss prevention officers were able to stop them and police arrested 22-year-old Guadalupe Nino, 21-year-old Jessica Elizondo, 19-year-old Stephanie Lopez-Garza and 23-year-old Lyanne Bazan. All four are now charged with theft.

Warwick, RI: WPD Seeks Serial CVS Shoplifter
Warwick Police are seeking the public's help identifying a woman involved in several shoplifting thefts from the CVS on Warwick Avenue, most recently in September. On Thursday, Sept. 3, at about 8:30 p.m., the woman entered CVS with two large purses and selected several beauty products (soap, body wash, and lotion), concealing them in the purses. On Friday, Sept. 4 at about 5:25 a.m., the woman returned to the store, stealing the same sorts of products in the same manner, according to police.

Vancouver, CN: Another brazen theft at the Drone store - same store for the 4th time
For the fourth time in the past few months, thieves have targeted a drone store in Vancouver, using increasingly devious methods. Overnight, the suspect, or suspects, broke through the drywall of the vacant business next door to Drones Plus. They made it directly into the store's back room and stole two drones worth $4,000 each. Last month, would-be thieves attempted to break in by backing vehicles into the store, but were unable to create an opening in the doors.

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