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ORC 12-17-15




Osceola Co, FL: 14 busted in $31K Victoria's Secret panty theft
Victoria's Secret stores in Central Florida are missing a lot of bras and panties. A gang of 14 people accused of running an extensive shoplifting ring were arrested after making off with more than $50,000 in merchandise from several retailers, police said. Hardest hit was Victoria's Secret, which lost more than $30,000 worth of products in 10 separate incidents. During that time, 1,432 pairs of panties and 374 bras were taken, an Osceola County Sheriff's Office investigation report said. Also hit were Ralph Lauren Polo, Abercrombie & Fitch, Value Pawn, T-Mobile and Home Depot, police said.

Cleveland, OH: As many as 100 Kirby Vacuums (total value near $30,000) stolen from UPS Freight in Cleveland over past several years
A Cleveland man and three other Cleveland-area residents have been indicted on charges related to a major vacuum theft ring. Shawn Burke, 28, stole as many as 100 Kirby vacuums over the past several years with help from his co-worker, Wilson Perea, Jr. The crimes took place at UPS Freight in Cleveland where Burke and Perea, Jr. worked. "It's an expensive machine; people don't realize that Kirby sells from $2,600 to $3,000," said Fletcher Brown, owner of Parma Vacuum. Brown said he often has people try to re-sell Kirby vacuums to him. Some of them even have the serial number filed off, an indicator that it is stolen. Sources say Burke sold the vacuums out of his garage or put them up for sale on Ebay. Asad Ibrahim of Brookpark and Fawzi Ibrahim are indicted for helping to sell the stolen merchandise online. A spokeswoman for UPS said Burke and Perea, Jr. are no longer working at UPS. The company is cooperating with law enforcement on the case.

Norfolk, VA: Man charged with stealing nearly $22,000
worth of 5-hour Energy drinks
A man accused of stealing energy drinks has been charged with felony burglary, conspiracy and grand larceny. Antonio Dewight Massey allegedly stole $22,000 worth of 5-hour Energy drinks from the MDV Nash Finch warehouse on December 5, according to police. Massey's bail determination sheet says he was a former employee of MDV Nash Finch. Detectives are investigating numerous thefts from the same warehouse over a nine month period. Over $100,000 worth of products have been taken from the warehouse, according to the bail determination sheet. Massey is in Norfolk City Jail without bond. Police are still looking for a second suspect in the crime.

Portland, OR: Tualatin Police arrest duo in $17,000 Fred Meyer crime spree
Two people were arrested Tuesday in what authorities describe as an organized retail crime operation throughout the Portland metro area and the state. Raymond E. Johnson, III and Miranda V. Johnson appeared in court Wednesday after being charged with aggravated ID theft and 1st-degree theft. The investigation started several months ago, police said. The duo is accused of making $17,000 in fraudulent purchases from Fred Meyer stores in Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah and Deschutes counties. They would then return the items that were purchased for cash and got at least $7,000 back from the retailer.

Franklin, TN: 4 Women Arrested For Theft At Cool Springs Galleria
Four women have been arrested on charges of felony theft at Cool Springs Galleria. Officers posing as shoppers saw the four suspects stealing at Victoria's Secret. The officials then followed the women around the mall and to their vehicle. Authorities said they stopped the women and recovered around $2,000 in stolen merchandise from a variety of stores at the Galleria. The stolen items included 71 bottles of lotion, body spray, candles, and cologne, as well as multiple items of clothing. All four women were from Chattanooga.

Macomb Co, MI: Three men connected to iPhone fraudulent purchases at Target in Detroit Metro
Macomb County Sheriff's deputies are seeking information about three men who used fraudulent identification to purchase iPhones from a Target store in Macomb Township last week. Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reports the three men entered the Target store, located on Hall Road twice within minutes on Dec. 12 and inquired about the purchase of iPhones. They spoke with a clerk, provided fraudulent identification and purchased two iPhones with a value of $1,500. The phones were added to an existing cellular phone contract. The account holder on that account resides in Baltimore, Maryland, and he reported to authorities there that he is a victim of identity theft. Target Loss Prevention personnel were able to review videotape and extract photographs of the three suspects. Loss Prevention officers reported the same individuals attempted to purchase phones from other Target stores in Troy, Southfield and Warren.


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