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ORC 10-23-15




San Antonio, TX: Trio arrested after $1 million in merchandise stolen from UPS warehouse
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 this case.

Wrentham, 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.

Santa Fe, NM: Police investigating 3 thieves who are targeting The Home Depot and Lowe's
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 Espanola area.

Camden, 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.

ORC 10-23-15
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