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ORC 11-20-15




Clearfield, PA: New York Man charged in Organized Retail Theft at a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart
A Brooklyn, NY man has been accused of a large-scale organized retail theft that occurred at the Clearfield Wal-Mart Supercenter in September, according to court documents. Jamel Wilson, 37, of Brooklyn, NY has been charged by Lawrence Township Police with Organized Retail theft. Police received a call from Wal-Mart Loss Prevention regarding a theft that occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Sept. 9. Police determined that 3 men entered the store at approximately 2:53 a.m. Two males allegedly picked up a 35-gallon tote and proceeded to the shampoo aisle, where they cleared a shelf of all Rogaine products. The two males then allegedly cleared a shelf of Crest White Strips, Align Probiotic, Anti-Acid medication (Nexium, Prilosec and Flonase), Diabetic strips, Claritin and other medications. They allegedly placed all of the merchandise into storage totes. The two males allegedly met the third male in the children's department, where they removed Leap Pad toys and games as well as other toys. They allegedly placed this merchandise inside an additional tote. The males proceeded to the Verizon cell phone display case in electronics. They allegedly pried open the case and loaded cell phones and tablets into the totes. The males then exited the store beyond the point of sale at 3:17 a.m. and fled.

Hillsborough, FL: Burglary theft Ring stole $100K in beauty products and $300k in CCTV equipment; 4 Arrested
Four people were arrested and two more are sought in four Hillsborough County burglaries where more than $400,000 in merchandise was stolen, deputies said. The suspects also were involved in burglaries in the Miami area and were arrested with help from the Miami Dade Police Department and Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution. On Sept. 4, the suspects broke through a wall at Global Beauty Image and stole more than $100,000 in shampoo and beauty products. On Sept. 19, at least four of the suspects stole two Ford vans from Expert Security Professionals and Med Star Medical. They used the vans while burglarizing CCTV Core within the same Corporex Park business complex. The thieves forced their way into the business and stole about $300,000 in surveillance equipment, including digital cameras and digital video recording devices.

Murfreesboro, TN: Two women arrested following Target theft; search leads to Ulta, Hobby Lobby and Bath & Body merchandise
Two Murfreesboro women are facing three "Theft Over $500" charges after allegedly stealing over $600 in electronics from the Target Store on Old Fort Parkway. The theft was reported on Wednesday. Suspects Caitlyn McLaughlin, age 22 and Elizabeth Mitchell, age 32, reportedly picked out 10 household electronic items at Target and then made their way to the front door without checking out. Once in the parking lot, they saw a Target employee hot on their trail. The women dropped the items and ran to their SUV. Police spotted the vehicle several minutes later and conducted a stop to speak with the women. Police did an inventory of the SUV the females were in and say they found items from ULTA, Bath and Body Works and Hobby Lobby. Officers searched for receipts, but came up empty handed. A representative from the ULTA said the two had stolen over $700 in merchandise. Hobby Lobby reported the theft of $225. The Bath and Body works theft was caught on camera and it added up to $163. The Target electronics that were stolen were valued at more than $600.

Hanover, PA: Trio stole $900 of baby formula from Weis Markets
Police say a Baltimore trio stole almost $900 worth of baby formula from a Hanover Weis Markets grocery store. Tia Shanae Brooks, 31, Tyjuan Coles, 27, and Lakeisha Latonya Pearson, 35, are charged with 55 counts each of retail theft and one count each of conspiracy to commit retail theft. Police say video footage fro the store shows the trio grabbing 55 individual cans. The haul of baby formula was worth $897.23, according to police.

Lordstown, OH: Ohio Highway Patrol bust 5 Men from Somalia; charged with felony Credit Card fraud
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported on Wednesday, November 11, that five men from Somalia were pulled over on the Ohio Turnpike near Lordstown, Ohio for failing to use signals to change lanes. But soon police found devices used to create credit cards as well as some small amounts of marijuana. The five men were charged with six counts each of possessing criminal tools and identity theft.

Police searching for shoplifting suspect in Southern Massachusetts; already hit 4 times
Police in Milford and Uxbridge Massachusetts are asking for the public's help in identifying a grocery store shoplifting suspect. According to police, the suspect is believed to have stolen from stores in both towns more than four times and was almost caught Nov. 15, but managed to get away. It is believed she could be from the Marlborough area.

ORC 11-20-15
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