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ORC 12-11-15




Waterbury, CT: Police raid Stolen Merchandise Warehouses; call on Retailers to help ID Hundreds of Thousands in merchandise
The Statewide 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 Depot
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 scheme
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 peace officer.

Scottsdale, AZ: Lottery ticket Grab & Run thief charged with Organized Retail Theft
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 paying.

Monroe, LA: Ouachita Parish SCAT team focuses on shoppers safety this holiday season
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.

ORC 12-11-15
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