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ORC 11-5-15




Spanish police arrest two 'Pink Panther' jewel thieves;
over $1M in merchandise recovered
Two suspected members of the notorious "Pink Panther" group of international jewel thieves have been arrested, Spanish police have announced. Police also recovered valuables worth more than $1M stolen from a jewelry shop on the island of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, as part of the operation. The authorities declined to give further information. Members of the Pink Panthers, a loosely aligned network of criminals, are drawn from paramilitary circles in the former Yugoslavia. The group, who have a weakness for expensive watches, have staged more than 380 robberies on luxury stores in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US since 1999, making off with booty worth more than $359M, according to Interpol.

Cuban National Committed $211,000 Credit Card Fraud in Texas with Help of Russian and Chinese Hackers
A legal Cuban immigrant who has never held a job in America has pleaded guilty to a large-scale fraud scheme using stolen credit card information.

Acosta admitted to buying stolen credit card numbers from Russian, Ukrainian and Chinese hackers to make his own credit cards and use them at local businesses. The Cuban national who has legal status in the U.S. actually wired more than $100,000 to hackers overseas. Through the use of the fraudulent cards, Acosta was able to dupe businesses out of more than $211,000 in merchandise and services.

Huntington Beach, CA: Surveillance video helps Police catch $60,000 eyewear store burglary suspect in Illinois
Investigators say a man stole tens of thousands of dollars in eyewear in Huntington Beach and returned to his home state of Illinois. But thanks to surveillance video, the law caught up with him. The video shows a man wearing a black hoodie staring inside the window of Main Street Eyewear. The video from the night of March 2 shows the man coming back to the store with what looks like a pillowcase. After looking around, he yanks the door open and goes in. Three minutes later, he leaves with a full bag. But he's not done. "He is also seen on video again returning to the same business approximately an hour later and filling up another bag," police said. The video shows him walking out with another full bag. Then, another camera shows him getting into a cab on Main Street. Police say he stole more than $60,000 worth of merchandise. Using the video, detectives tracked the man through the cab company.

Memphis, TN: Four men arrested in Multi-county theft ring; $40,000 stolen from The Home Depot
An investigation into the death of a young boy ended with the arrest of several men accused of taking part in a multi-county theft ring. The complicated case began in July when police started investigating a stolen ATV involved in the death of an 8-year-old. Raymond Reams, Julian Burrow, Torunquinas Wilks and Robert Dratnol have been arrested since then for running a theft ring involving Home Depot. Investigators discovered stolen equipment from Quitman County in Mississippi and Fayette and Shelby County in Tennessee. After setting up surveillance, it was discovered that Wilks had stolen roughly $40,000 worth of merchandise from Home Depot.

Palm Beach, FL: Woman accused of using bad checks to buy $26K in merchandise at Macy's
Riviera Beach woman is accused of using bad checks to buy $26,000 worth of merchandise at Macy's, police said. Shannel Jackson, 31, was arrested on Tuesday, according to Palm Beach Gardens police. Police said Jackson was working as an employee at Macy's while she was writing the bad checks. According to an arrest report, Jackson would write a check knowing that she did not have enough money in her account and then pay her Macy's credit card. With her credit card, she made purchases from early September to the end of October, covering her balances with bad checks, police said. In total, she bought $26,700 worth of merchandise, according to police.

ORC Trio busted hitting Sam's Club in Kenosha County, WI
Massive retail theft operation - with thousands of dollars of goods being stolen from Sam's Club - helped fund heroin purchases, according to court records. Charles Estep, Rachel Fehl and Katie Reck have been charged here with felony retail theft, of items worth between $500 and $5,000 after several incidents over the past few months. If convicted, they could be sent to prison for up to 18 months. According to the criminal complaint, a Sam's Club manager on Oct. 7 reported to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department that he was losing about $7,000 in manual razor cartridges each month. He said he received a tip from an unknown subject that a person - later identified as Fehl - had been overheard at Wal-Mart, talking about stealing from Sam's Club. Fehl admitted taking the razors, the complaint states, and said she had taken other items, too, like flash drives, cellphone cases, ink cartridges and headphones from stores in Illinois and Pleasant Prairie. She is paid 20 percent of the items' value in cash, and that since August she has stolen merchandise worth $15,000.

Bellevue, WA: Police arrest 2 in string of ID thefts; thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases at Costco
Bellevue police arrested two people Tuesday suspected in a string of crimes around Puget Sound after a King County Prosecutor contacted police for help finding a suspect. Police said they arrested Giap for driving with a suspended license and a credit card that had been stolen from a Bellevue burglary was found in his pocket. Giap also had a commercial check that had been stolen from a Seattle business in his pocket and Oxycodone tablets concealed in his sock, according to investigators. Officers said Sen had a $2,100 diamond ring in her pocket and a receipt from the Covington Costco. Detectives said they obtained surveillance video of Sen opening a fraudulent account under another person's name at Costco on Monday and immediately purchasing the ring. She then traveled to the Federal Way Costco, where detectives say she presented a counterfeit Washington driver's license and tried to make a second fraudulent purchase for $7,100. Sen ran from the store after Costco loss prevention staff tried to question her about the suspicious transaction.

St Petersburg, FL: Macy's and Police seeking 3 suspects in attempted $4,000 theft of Dooney & Bourke purses
St. Petersburg Police are looking for three individuals who allegedly attempted to steal thousands of dollars in purses from Macy's last month. Police say the trio tried to take off with $4,000 in Dooney & Bourke purses from Macy's on October 23rd, but the store security guard confronted them before they were able to get away, and they dropped the purses. Investigators believe these are the same people who got away with another $4,000+ purse theft from Macy's on October 12th.

Augusta, GA: Woman Accused Of Stealing Nearly $3,000 In
Fragrance from Ulta Beauty
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a woman who reportedly stole nearly $3,000 worth of fragrances from the Ulta Beauty Supply in Augusta. The incident happened around 1:45 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd. After an inventory of store items was done, the employee reported that 33 bottles had been stolen worth a total of $2,930.

Racine, WI: Two women charged with Felony theft of $1,200
in Baby Formula from Pick n Save
Two Racine Woman have been charged with felony retail theft for stealing over $1200 in baby formula from a Pick n Save in Mount Pleasant. Desiree Brown and Shaunese Felton are accused of allegedly stealing Gerber Baby Formula on three separate occasions in August. Felton is accused of stealing one additional time at a Walmart in Burlington. The value of this theft was $412.39.

Knox Co, TN: Serial Shoplifter caught on tape stuffing Alcohol down pants
The search is on for a thirsty serial shoplifter who police say has stolen hundreds of dollars worth of liquor from different stores in Knoxville and Farragut. At least four store owners in the area say the man has stolen alcohol from their stores. That's why his photo is being passed around so they can get him off the streets. John Cook, the owner of Toddy's Liquor and Wine, says the suspect moves quickly, entering the store taking what he needs and leaving all within 45 seconds. They caught it all on camera.

Leesburg, VA: Leesburg Police takes International Police Excellence Award; fighting Organized Retail Crime
The Leesburg Police Department on Oct. 26 won the International Police Excellence Award. The honor is presented annually to agencies and departments in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement's contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities. The 2015 Webber Seavey Award for Policing Excellence was awarded to Leesburg Police based on its fight against organized retail crime. Using evidence-based policing, the department identified an increase in organized shoplifting and losses exceeding those reported to law enforcement. To address these issues Leesburg used a three-prong approach including high-visibility patrols, education and theft prevention operations, Leesburg has experienced a sustained reduction in organized retail crime," the award announcement states. A local presentation of the award will be made by IACP and Motorola officials at the Nov. 10 Leesburg Town Council meeting.

ORC 11-5-15
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