Cuban skimming gang of ten indicted for 'skimming' credit cards at Michigan gas
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. mlive.com
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
NH: 5 charged with running organized retail crime enterprise, arrested outside
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
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.
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.
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.