Antonio, TX: Trio arrested after $1 million in merchandise stolen from UPS
San Antonio police busted a theft ring responsible for $1 million worth of
stolen merchandise from the UPS warehouse on the Northeast Side. Three men were
arrested Wednesday in connection with the ring. A smart bike with a tracking
system lead investigators to the home one of the suspects, Juan Betancourt, back
in June, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. He allegedly confessed to his
involvement and pointed police to other people involved in the ring. UPS
contacted SAPD in June, but the criminal activity could have started back in
December. Police say Betancourt was a shift manager at UPS and he confessed to
telling two employees which items to steal. The second suspect, identified as
Michael Rozier, worked at the UPS shipping dock and he's accused of calling
another person to steal entire pallets of merchandise while that unidentified
person acted as a customer picking up a shipment. An arrest warrant affidavit
says James Cross would get stolen UPS items like Microsoft tablets from Rozier.
Undercover officers recovered $250,000 worth of stolen items from Cross'
Northeast Side home in July. The recovered items included thousands of dollars
worth of tablets that detectives traced back to UPS. Cross is accused of paying
thieves to bring stolen goods to his house which he would later sell online or
at the Eisenhauer Flea market. Investigators recovered $300,000 in stolen
merchandise from the flea market that day. Police anticipate more arrests in
MA: Saks Off 5th Loss Prevention nabs 3 of ORC ring; group hit 17 other stores
Police recovered thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise when they arrested
three people who are allegedly part of a larger organized retail crime ring. On
Tuesday evening, Wrentham Police responded to a shoplifting-in-progress call at
SAKS Off 5th outlet store. The Saks Loss Prevention officer said he saw the trio
concealing items while inside the store. Police watched from outside until the
suspects left the store and got into their rented Dodge Charger. Police then
searched the rental car and found the trunk full of bags with stolen
merchandise. The suspects used tools to pry the inventory control tags off or
wrapped the devices in foil to render the exit door alarms useless, according to
police. Police arrested Topaze Stinson, 44, Tanichole Kline, 34, and Tamisha
Brown, 31, all from Hartford, Connecticut. In total, merchandise from 17 stores,
totaling thousands of dollars, was recovered, according to police.
Waynesboro, VA: Lowe's thief faces forgery, $7,000 theft charges
A local man is in Middle River Regional Jail today, facing multiple charges
involving a credit card scam. In early August, a 57-year-old Augusta County man
contacted Waynesboro police, telling officers that one of his family members
stole his credit card and made $1,704.52 worth of purchases at the Waynesboro
Kohl's location from July 6 to July 8. The victim said that the family member
had also taken his social security card and other personal information, which
was used to open a Lowe's credit card account. Between June 23 and June 29, more
than $7,000 worth of purchases at the Lowes store in Waynesboro were billed to
that account, under the victim's name.
Valparaiso, IN: Woman charged in theft of 77 pairs of shoes from Payless
Valparaiso police arrested Amanda Pollock after they were called about 1:40 p.m.
on Tuesday to Payless Shoe Source. A loss prevention manager contacted police
after investigating suspicious activity at the store. Pollock is accused of
thefts that occurred between December 2014 and Oct. 6. Pollock told police she
was having financial problems, which led her to steal from the store, and said
most of the items were for her young son. In addition to the shoes, Pollock is
accused of taking costume jewelry, socks, scarves and hats. Police said the
total value of the goods and cash Pollock allegedly took was $1,741.
Fe, NM: Police investigating 3 thieves who are targeting The Home Depot and
At least nine shoplifting incidents have happened at Lowe's and Home Depot in
September and October in which the 'trio of thieves' have stolen about $12,000
worth of merchandise. Police believe their getaway vehicles are a 2004 silver
Hyundai and a 1996 silver Subaru. The suspects could be in Santa Fe or the
NJ: "You buying stolen items from criminals, we will prosecute you to the
fullest and shut you down"
Osidio Jimenez, 45 a clerk at the shop was arrested at the bodega on Oct. 15 and
charged with receiving stolen property. Police executed a search warrant at the
store Wednesday, recovering about 30 items, including 16 packages of Aleve
believed to have been shoplifted from a Deals store; a handheld game system;
three cellphones; a GPS unit; two car stereos; a car battery charger; an engine
starter; a table saw; and several power hand saws, nail guns and grinders.