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Miami Cuban skimming gang of ten indicted for 'skimming' credit cards at Michigan gas pumps
The government alleges that separate out-of-state crews hid skimming devices inside gas pumps in West Michigan that read credit-card account information. The scams ran from early July to September, the FBI says. Prosecutors say she and others in her alleged organization are Cuban citizens who were living in the Miami area when arrested.

Police arrested them in September after they allegedly encoded stolen-credit card information onto other cards to buy thousands in pre-paid debit cards at the Meijer store on East 16th Street in Holland. They were staying at Comfort Inn Suites at 4520 Kenowa Ave. SW in Grandville.

Police recovered "a cache" of gift cards, packaging and re-encoded cards. Police also found multiple keys to gas pumps. In one of the rooms, police found a skimming device, a laptop computer and credit cards. Ledesma, who consented to a search of his room, which turned up the property, is also wanted in Colorado for fraud and identify theft, the FBI said. Hotel workers also found another 30 credit cards that had been hidden in a mattress.

Members of the other group, believed to be from Texas, are facing the same charges as the others.

Long Island, NY: Smash-and-Grab Burglar Stole Over $200K From Nassau County Businesses; 10 commercial robberies in a 6 month span
A Queens man was arraigned in Nassau County Court on Wednesday for stealing more than $200,000 in jewelry, cash and lottery tickets from approximately 10 Nassau County businesses between January and June of this year. Joseph Borelli, 42, of Howard Beach, was arraigned on a 21-count indictment and was charged with 10 counts of third degree burglary, ten counts of second degree criminal mischief and possession of burglar's tools. Borelli's "smash-and-grab" burglary spree ended when members of the Nassau Co. Police arrested him in June following a 6-month-long investigation. Authorities obtained warrants, and used video surveillance and court-authorized GPS tracking to put Borelli and his co-conspirators, Edan Balila and Rotem Balila, both from Great Neck, into custody.

Salem, NH: 5 charged with running organized retail crime enterprise, arrested outside Macy's
Five people have been charged with operating an organized retail crime enterprise after police say they stole merchandise from the Macy's at the Mall at Rockingham Park for a virtual store they were running. Police say they responded Wednesday to a report of three shoplifters found concealing thousands of dollars of merchandise inside the store. Police nabbed the two adults and one juvenile as they left the store with the items. Two other suspects were arrested as they were waiting in the parking lot for the trio. Further investigation revealed the groups was taking orders for items they sold online. All five were charged with running an organized retail crime enterprise and some face additional charges.

Beaverton, OR: California couple arrested with $31K in counterfeit cash
A man and woman from California who have passed counterfeit money in at least three states were arrested in Beaverton with $31,000 in counterfeit cash, a stolen gun and methamphetamine. Beaverton Police detectives began an investigation on Nov. 17 after taking a report of counterfeit money. The suspect's car was spotted Tuesday back in Beaverton and officers conducted a traffic stop. The two people in the car, identified as Clinton Cury Jr., 31, and Sabrina Acedo, 26, both of California, were taken into custody. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of counterfeit $100, $20 and $10 bills, as well as a loaded handgun that was stolen in California, gift cards and new merchandise, including clothing. Investigators said Cury and Acedo would purchase expensive items with the counterfeit money and then return the items at a different store in exchange for real cash. Police believe they have been using counterfeit money in Oregon, California and Arizona.

Auburn, ME: New York woman admits to $7,500
of purchases on counterfeit credit cards
A New York woman on Wednesday admitted to using counterfeit credit cards to make purchases at stores in several area cities and towns, including Auburn. Xiu Fang Zhang, 21, of New York City pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to commit credit card fraud. Prosecutors said between Jan. 3 and Jan. 6, Zhang and others used counterfeit credit cards to make purchases at retail stores and pharmacies at various Maine locations. According to court records, Zhang used the bogus cards to purchase over $7,500 worth of items from Lowe's, Home Depot, Bon-Ton, Rite Aid and Sears. She was paid by a co-conspirator for each fraudulent purchase, investigators said.

Orlando, FL: Over $25,000 in Drones stolen during Smash & Grab
Surveillance video shows three masked people robbing an Orlando drone store. The robbers kicked their way through the front door and grabbed everything they could get their hands on. Seminaro was inside the CineDrones store on Sand Lake Road across from the Florida Mall early Wednesday morning when it was robbed. Surveillance video shows three masked people dressed in all black, breaking in through the front door and then clearing the counters. "They took all of that, and they took a big airplane. Yeah, they took a lot of stuff." The thieves took 15 to 17 drones. Each drone is worth $1,000 to $3,000.

Naperville, IL: Woman recruited youths to help her steal
from Dick's Sporting Goods
A woman with a history of shoplifting is back in jail, after she recruited two youths to help her and an associate steal merchandise from a sporting goods store in Naperville. Ashley M. Robinson is being held in DuPage County Jail on bail of $56,000, stemming from the incident in Naperville and four other criminal matters in DuPage and Kane counties. Robinson, 25, was arrested by Naperville police with a friend, Tina J. Perry. The women were arrested at 6:39 p.m. Nov. 25, after police were called to investigate a report of shoplifting at Dick's Sporting Goods. Further investigation revealed Robinson "possessed wire cutters suitable for cutting off security devices and price tags on clothing" in the store. She also "directed two youths under the age of 18 in the commission of the (crime)," according to records. Records showed. Robinson has a list of prior theft charges from incidents at Macy's Kohl's, JC Penney, and Walmart dating back as far as 2010.

Cambridge, OH: Marietta man accused of shoplifting nearly $2K in merchandise from Walmart
A Marietta man accused of trying to steal more than $1,700 worth of merchandise from the Cambridge Walmart Sunday night. Brian T. Long, 21, is facing one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony, for the alleged incident just after 8:30 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Walmart after an employee reported a man tried to shoplift merchandise fled in a Ford van when confronted by an assistant manager. The suspect, later identified as Long, reportedly abandoned the merchandise totaling $1,703.15 at the store when confronted by the manager.

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