Waterbury, CT: Police raid Stolen Merchandise Warehouses; call on
Retailers to help ID Hundreds of Thousands in merchandise |
Narcotics Task Force and Waterbury Detectives discovered a major stolen
merchandise distribution operation while serving search warrants in Waterbury.
Police say it ran through two warehouses and a personal home, and they are
looking for other locations. Deputy Chief Fernando Spagnolo of the Waterbury
Police Department says they brought in a 45-foot long semi tractor-trailer to
load up with the evidence. "There is over-the-counter medication, personal
hygiene products, clothing, construction equipment, electronics, there were
fireworks in there," said Spagnolo. Spagnolo says it's like a distribution
center, and the thieves were pushing the merchandise online. Also seized from
the warehouse were an electroshock weapon, Oxycodone, a loaded .380 caliber
handgun holding 11 rounds of ammunition, and 106 cases of consumer grade
fireworks. Police arrested 25-year-old Sorrell Porter, and arrest warrants are
being issued for two other people. To help with recovery, police asked Home
Depot, Stop and Shop, CVS, Walgreens and TJ Maxx, among other retailers, to help
identify the items. "Oh they are pretty happy. We had a few merchants in here
and we're talking recoveries of upwards of $100,000 for some of them. They are
ecstatic," said Spagnolo.
Norwalk, CT: Man charged with larceny in fraudulent returns
scheme at Home
A Norwalk man was charged with larceny at Home Depot following an alleged
fraudulent returns scheme. According to Norwalk Police, on August 26, 2015,
Thomas Palmer, 54 was observed purchasing a wet tile saw, then leaving the store
and passing the receipt to an accomplice outside the store. The unknown
accomplice then came back into Home Depot with a loaded lumber cart and selected
some items-including a wet tile saw- before pushing the cart to the returns desk
and returning the saw for cash after allegedly presenting the receipt he had
received from Palmer. Police said that Palmer was known at the store as someone
who had made fraudulent returns in the past. On Dec. 9, an NPD officer arrested
Palmer on a warrant. Palmer was in the parking lot of Lowe's.
Rock Hill, SC: 2 with N.Y. ties charged in Best Buy credit card fraud, identity
Suspects both on probation from similar scam in Pennsylvania tried to make
$5,400 purchase at Best Buy in Rock Hill. Rock Hill police found more than 100
credit cards in 2015 Maserati worth more than $100,000. One suspect is from
N.Y., the other from Charlotte; others from out of state previously charged.
Woodstock, IL: Menard's busts Pneumatic Nail Gun thief
A man has been charged
with stealing two pneumatic nail guns Wednesday afternoon from a Menards in
northwest suburban Woodstock. Garry D. Bielefeldt, 30, from Rockford, faces one
count of retail theft over $500, a Class 3 felony; unlawful possession of a
controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; and one misdemeanor count of resisting a
Scottsdale, AZ: Lottery ticket Grab & Run thief
charged with Organized Retail
A man accused of stealing more than $1,300 worth of lottery tickets from
Phoenix-area stores is in custody. Scottsdale police say 27-year-old Robert
James Fischer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of numerous counts of
organized retail theft and trafficking in stolen property. They say Fischer
targeted convenience stores in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler. He
allegedly stole Arizona Lottery tickets and then redeemed the winning tickets
for cash. Police say Fischer would enter a convenience store and ask the clerk
for lottery tickets, then grab the tickets and run out of the store without
Monroe, LA: Ouachita Parish SCAT team focuses on shoppers safety
In a matter of minutes of being at Pecanland mall the Ouachita Parish
Special Crimes Apprehension team or SCAT arrested 27-year-old Kevin Davenport.
SCAT team Lieutenant David Crain says after running Davenport's name they
realized there was a warrant for his arrest in Indiana for distributing cocaine.
"From during this time of year from Black Friday until January first we dress
down we wear casual clothes, just change our appearance from what we look like
while we are in uniform that way we can blend in with the shoppers," says Crain.
The sheriff's office wants shoppers to know their around, but going undercover
has it's advantages.