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Mentor, OH: Five from Warren suspected of shoplifting spree
Police in one Ohio community say a group of people from Warren who traveled to their city for a day of shopping were in reality shoplifting. To casual observers, it looked like 39-year-old Faidra Wildman, 32-year-old Nikeisha Pruit, 18-year-old Robert Travis, 30-year-old Desire Pruitt and a female juvenile were wandering through a store in a busy business district in Mentor, Ohio Wednesday afternoon. What the group didn't know was that they were being watched by a store loss prevention officer who says the five were taking items from the shelves and hiding those items on themselves.

The group split up from each other, either working in pairs or in a group of three as they continued to select items and conceal the merchandise, according to police. One of them would act as a lookout. Members of the Mentor Police Retail Theft Deterrence Unit were contacted and when the group exited the store, they were stopped by uniformed and plain clothes Mentor Police Officers.

Groton, MA: Man wanted in high-end wine thefts
being sought in 7 other communities
The so-called high-end wine thief who allegedly struck Octagon restaurant in Groton also is being investigated in at least seven other thefts. The man made national news last week when - seemingly unaware he was on camera - he sauntered into a closed-off section of the Mystic Marriott's Octagon restaurant and allegedly stole a bottle of wine priced at almost $5,000. Within days, Groton Town Police named 25-year-old Scott Deluca - whose last known address they said is in the Cohoes-Wynantskill area of New York - as the suspect and began searching for similar cases of high-end wine theft. According to town police, Deluca is being investigated in shoplifting incidents in seven other communities: Bloomfield, East Setauket, N.Y., and the New Jersey communities of Bernardsville, Madison, Union County Springfield Township, Voorhees and Woodcliff Lake.

Lincoln Co, MO: Car crash in Lincoln County leads to Credit Card Fraud charges; $8,000 in cash and 16 cards recovered
A report of a one-car accident led to charges alleging credit card fraud against two African men, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. The men were taken into custody after a deputy who responded to a crash Tuesday at the Cuivre River Bridge at Highway 61 smelled marijuana coming from the car they had been in, the sheriff's office said. A search found beer, several bags of marijuana, a hammer and about 16 credit cards scattered "as if they were thrown off the bridge," police said. Four of the credit cards had the name of the car's driver, Abdalaziz Asumani, 24. In addition, about $8,000 was found in the sock of passenger Saikou Ba, 22. Deputies later found a credit card reader in the trunk of the vehicle. The credit cards in Asumani's name were found to have stolen credit card data, police said, and were apparently being used to get prepaid Visa cards. Both men denied knowledge of the credit cards and the credit card reader, police said. But video evidence was found of one of the men using a credit card with stolen information at a gas station in Minnesota.

'Felony Lane' Organized Crime Ring Targets Parking Lots in Connecticut;
3 arrested, $74,000 of stolen goods recovered
A gang of burglars is targeting cars in parking lots and committing smash-and-grab burglaries across Connecticut. Police say the gang is about 700 members strong. They've hit in more than 40 states and racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for victims. Just last month, a crew from the Felony Lane Gang hit the Darien YMCA. At this point, investigators have connected burglaries in more than a dozen Connecticut towns, from Stamford to Wallingford to Waterford. Darien detectives are working with the other local police departments and making progress with the elusive gang for first time, but they say public awareness is equally important. In the Darien case, police tracked a white SUV to a motel in West Haven and arrested 3 men from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All three are behind bars and are set to enter pleas within the next two weeks. In all, detectives seized $74,000 in stolen goods.

Frankfort, IL: Two Kohl's/ Party City Shoplifters arrested following brief Police chase; $3,600 in merchandise recovered
A group of thieves led police on a chase late Thursday after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from Kohl's, in Frankfort. Two were arrested following a brief foot chase. One was later curbed in the parking lot of the Frankfort Township building, where police searched the vehicle for stolen merchandise. Three Chicago residents were each charged with burglary, having allegedly stolen $3,000 in merchandise from Kohl's. The same group is suspected to have earlier targeted Party City in Mokena, where they reportedly stole an estimated $600 in merchandise.

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