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Saginaw, MI: Hearing delayed for suspects charged in Home Depot Arsons
Two men accused in the intentionally set fires at Home Depot stores in Saginaw and Genesee counties will have to wait longer to see if they will stand trial in Saginaw County. Tuesday was the day scheduled for the preliminary hearing for Furline, 37, and Jenkins, 50, who are charged with conducting a continuing criminal enterprise and other felonies in connection with Oct. 29 and Oct. 28 fires at Home Depots in Kochville Township and Genesee County. The criminal enterprise charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In addition to that charge, the men face single counts of third-degree arson and first-degree retail fraud and separate counts of conspiring to commit those two offenses. Investigators believe the Oct. 29 fire at the Home Depot in Kochville Twp. was intentionally set in the insulation aisle to disguise a theft at the store. A fire Oct. 28 at a Home Depot near Flint burned under similar circumstances. That evening, they returned the merchandise to a different Home Depot store in Genesee County and received cash in exchange.

New Ulm, MN: Advanced Auto Parts employee charged with $6,000 theft
An employee of the New Ulm Advanced Auto Parts, 1726 S. Broadway, was charged Monday with two counts of felony theft after police said he made false returns and took the cash. Brody Conklin, 26, of New Ulm made fraudulent transactions totaling $3,419 from Aug. 5 to Oct. 28, the company's asset protection staff found, according to the criminal complaint. The staff also said that Conklin took $2,745 in cash, making the total loss more than $6,000.

Medford, OR: Medford Police release surveillance photo; 3 suspects hitting Ulta Beauty and Victoria Secrets
Medford Police are looking for three theft suspects after getting away with almost $5,000 in merchandise.

Waldorf, MD Burlington Coat Factory busts 3 North Carolina thieves stealing $2,600 of coats
On December 5 at 10:54 a.m., officers responded to the Burlington Coat Factory store located in the 3200 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of shoplifting in progress. Upon arrival, officers located the three accused. An investigation revealed that a customer observed the suspects make several trips from the store to their car with carts full of merchandise and notified the store manager, who then contacted the CCSO. All of the stolen merchandise, totaling over $2,600, was recovered from the vehicle. All 3 suspects were from Knightdale, NC.

Petaluma, CA: Suspects sought in $2,000 theft from Coach and Sunglass Hut
Two young women stole merchandise from a Coach outlet store and Sunglass hut on Sunday, Petaluma police say. The theft from Coach wasn't discovered until after they left. The two then stole $2,000 in merchandise from the Sunglass hut as the employee was helping other customers.

Fairfield, CT: Serial Shoplifter busted at The Home Depot; numerous outstanding warrants
A suspected serial shoplifter was arrested at court Friday after he was identified as the man who left Home Depot in Fairfield with items he had not paid for on Oct. 29, police said Monday. Chuck Jammal, 29, of Derby, CT, was charged with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny after loss prevention personnel at the Kings Highway Cutoff store identified him from surveillance tape taken during a Nov. 29 shoplifting in a Bridgeport Home Depot. Fairfield Police said Jammal had numerous outstanding arrest warrants in other communities.

Battle Creek, MI: One of Four arrested in the $575 theft of Victoria's Secret merchandise from Lakeview Square Mall
One woman was arrested and more charges may be sought after Battle Creek police said several young women stole sweaters and sweatpants from Victoria's Secret on Friday. The manager said she was standing near the door of the store and that two women who approached the door with store-provided shopping bags, but put them down and left. Two others ran from the store with $575 worth of merchandise. A witness saw the woman jump into a car and followed while calling Police. Police found the three woman who had jumped from the car and questioned them, eventually one was arrested for disorderly conduct. Police found the car in a church parking lot, where a witness said a woman driving the car had thrown a bag into a dumpster. Officers found the stolen merchandise in the dumpster. Police said the car was rented.

Franklin, TN: Police 'Flex Officers' catch shoplifters at Macy's, Stein Mart and TJ Maxx
At the start of this past weekend, undercover Franklin Police Department Flex officers and mall security used surveillance equipment to watch two suspects steal more than $600 in merchandise from the CoolSprings Galleria Macy's. The suspects, who are sisters, had two small children with them, and used a stroller to help conceal and leave with the stolen merchandise. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, undercover flex officers, working with security at the Thoroughbred Village Shopping Center, observed another two women shoplifting at both Stein Mart and T.J. Maxx. Police recovered more than $500 in stolen merchandise, along with a nail puller often used by suspects to remove security sensors, the release said. Terri L. Newsome, 37, of Nashville, and Keisha Lowe, 37, of Madison, now face felony theft charges. Authorities also charged Newsome with the unlawful possession of a tool used to remove anti-theft tags, violation of probation and criminal impersonation after lying to officers about her identity.

Arlington, VT: 2 men charged in connection with theft of 335 Christmas trees

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