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ORC 10-26-15




Boise, Idaho: Multi-State Traveling Mexican Fraud Gang
Member Sentenced to 12 Months Federal Prison
According to the plea agreement, Miranda-Molina admitted that in March of 2015, he and two co-defendants traveled together from Mexico, through Montana, to Idaho in a vehicle rented in Sonora, Mexico, for the purpose of using counterfeit credit cards to make fraudulent purchases of merchandise and gift cards.

In Montana, each defendant engaged in a number of transactions, using credit cards that the defendants knew to be counterfeit, at stores such as Auto Zone, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, Ulta, and others. The defendants jointly and fraudulently obtained merchandise valued at approximately $8,184.01. In Boise, the defendants again engaged in a number of transactions, using credit cards the defendants knew to be counterfeit, at stores such as Lowe's, Sports Authority, Barnes and Noble, Nordstrom Rack, JC Penney, and others. The defendants fraudulently obtained merchandise valued at approximately $5,117.63. The defendants were arrested in possession of approximately 84 counterfeit credit cards embossed with their names, but encoded with victims' credit card numbers, as well as merchandise purchased with the counterfeit credit cards, including GoPro Hero 4 Cameras, Samsung Galaxy Nooks, and video game systems.

7 suspects arrested for local Victoria Secret thefts - combined loss of $50,000
From October 20-23, 2015, Polk County Sheriff's Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Unit detectives, working with Lakeland Police Officers, Lake Wales Police Officers, and retail loss prevention personnel, arrested seven people during an investigation of organized retail theft at two different Victoria's Secret stores. In October 2015, PCSO ORC Detectives were contacted by loss prevention partners from the two stores - one located at Lakeside Village in the city of Lakeland, and the other one located at the Eagle Ridge Mall in the city of Lake Wales - in reference to recent thefts taking place. The Victoria's Secret loss prevention officers documented 26 separate thefts since July 2015 - 18 at Lakeside Village, and 8 at Eagle Ridge Mall - for a combined loss of approximately $50,000. "It looks like we were able to stop this 'panty raid' just in time. These suspects traveled here to Polk County to steal from our merchants, meanwhile some of them are collecting government assistance. They clearly haven't gotten the message that we do not tolerate theft of any kind in our county. If you're going to steal, stay out of Polk County." - Sheriff Grady Judd.

Riverside, IL: Chicago man grabs $5,000 of Cigarettes from a Delivery Truck Northwest Side man was arrested for stealing $5,000-worth of cigarettes in west suburban Riverside last week. Jesus A. Sanchez, 34, was arrested on Oct. 19. On Oct. 16, Sanchez hopped into a delivery truck that was parked on East Quincy Street near Harlem Avenue in Riverside and made off with boxes of cigarettes. While he was running to his getaway car, a bystander spotted him, yelled out and chased him, police said. Sanchez dropped the boxes before getting into the car, which then sped away, but not before the bystander was able to snap a picture of the car's license plate and report the incident to police.

Mt. Juliet, TN: 2 arrested in connection to $3,500 Walmart theft
Walmart employees in Mt. Juliet helped stop shoplifters trying to get away with more than $3,500 in merchandise. Two men are accused of stealing from the store on Thursday. Authorities said they came back Friday and that's when employees recognized the two and phoned police. A computer, a go-pro camera and 18 bottles of cologne was recovered from their car.

Petaluma, CA: Police Seek Kohl's Burglar who Stole $2K Worth of Vacuums
Police are seeking a person in connection with a burglary at a Petaluma department store Friday evening, in which over $2,000 worth of merchandise was taken. At 5:38 p.m., officers responded to a report of a burglary at a Kohl's Department Store. When officers arrived, officers learned a man had walked into the store and went to the vacuum display area of the store. The man then chose three vacuum cleaners and placed them in his shopping cart. The man walked to the back of the store with the shopping cart and exited the building through a fire exit. The suspect then ran to a waiting pickup truck nearby.

Loves Park, NY: Police Look For Theft Suspects Caught on CVS Surveillance Video
Police need our help catching the people who stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from a CVS Pharmacy in Loves Park. Surveillance cameras caught these women in the CVS on two separate occasions. The first was on October 18, then the women returned on October 21. Police say the ladies took more than $1,000 in merchandise.

Waynesboro, VA: Kohl's hit for $400 in electronics caught on tape
Police are requesting help in locating a man who allegedly stole over $400 in electronics from the Kohl's store in Waynesboro. On Oct. 9, 2015, an unidentified white male entered the Kohl's store in Waynesboro and walked to the electronics department. According to the Waynesboro Police Department, he allegedly stole a set of Beats headphones, a Jam headset, and a wireless speaker by removing them from their packages and concealing the property before leaving the store.

North Canton, OH; Gabriel Brothers $227 shoplifting spree ends in a car crash for 3 Cleveland women
Three Cleveland women accused of shoplifting at Gabriel Brothers, one of whom was pregnant, crashed as they pulled out of the parking lot and into oncoming traffic Thursday. The pregnant suspect was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated and one of her friends hid some of the stolen goods in a nearby business entryway as investigators found more merchandise (possibly fro Marshall's) that they believe had been stolen from other Jackson Township businesses.

Racine, WI: Man with Past Drug Problem Steals 18 Inhalers
According to the criminal complaint, store security at Pick 'n Save was notified by management that the inventory of Benzedrex inhalers was being depleted too quickly. Surveillance video showed a man - later identified as Finneran - in a white baseball hat with another individual who used a store loyalty card to purchase items while Finneran stole inhalers. Finneran is accused of stealing 18 inhalers at $4.99 each for a total of $94.40.

ORC 10-26-15
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