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ORC 12-22-15




Chicago, IL: Shoplifters Steal $95,000 Jacket from Ralph Lauren Mag Mile
Two shoplifters nabbed three jackets collectively valued at more than $100,000 including a rare, $95,000 alligator trench coat from Downtown luxury stores last week, police said. The suspects, a white man and a white woman, stole a $95,000 jacket between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 14 from a store on the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue, police said Monday morning. Earlier that afternoon, the suspects also allegedly took a suit coat and a jacket valued at $10,000 from another store on the first block of East Oak Street. Staff at the Ralph Lauren store, 750 N. Michigan Ave., confirmed a $95,000 "Purple Label" alligator trench coat was stolen last week. The jacket was on display on the second floor of the store, staff said. The clothier's "Purple Label" is a higher-end line featuring some of Lauren's most expensive items, including the $95,000 alligator coat.

Ware, MA: Police searching for man who stole $13,000
in electronics from Walmart
Police are searching for a Springfield man who is suspected of stealing more than $13,000 in electronics from the Walmart a week ago. An arrest warrant has been issued for John Echols, 49, of Springfield for the theft, Ware Police Det. Scott Lawrence said. Police have searched his home but have not located him. Officers are unsure where he is now, Lawrence said. Echols is a suspect in the theft of more than 80 electronic tablets from the store on Dec. 12, he said. The man allegedly filled one plastic tote with the tablets, which were unsecured, and carried them to his car. He then returned and piled more tablets in a tote and left the store.

Sacramento, CA: $1,000 worth of hoverboards stolen from store
A Sacramento store is out $1,000 after thieves stole three hover boards on Sunday. Surveillance video shows three men walking into ATV Wholesale Outlet, Inc. grabbing three boxes and running out. Doug Stabler, the store owner, went after them. "All I was able to do was run like crazy out there and barely smack one of the vehicles and they peeled out and took off right into traffic right on Auburn blvd," Stabler said.

Two women were arrested and police are continuing to try and develop information about a third suspect involved in a recent robbery that resulted in a clothing store clerk being assaulted
Brittany L. Frederick, 19, and Christina A. Hawkins, 28, both have been charged with second-degree robbery. They were arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Florence police Detective Justin Wright said the women are accused of being involved in a shoplifting incident that turned into a robbery once the clerk was assaulted. Wright said the incident occurred the evening of Dec. 8 at a clothing store on Florence Boulevard.

Orange, CT: An accused baby formula thief is now in police custody
Officers with the Orange Police Department responded to the Target Store on Boston Post Road last Thursday around 1:30 p.m. for complaints of shoplifting. Officers arrested Jermaine Foster, 44, of New Haven, for allegedly taking nearly $180 worth of baby formula and leaving the store without paying. Store security stopped Foster outside and waited for police to arrive. Foster was taken into custody and charged with larceny.

Albuquerque, NM: Police cracking down on shoplifters; 'It's an automatic ride to jail'
Officer Simon Drobik with Albuquerque police said APD has a handful of operations currently taking place in several malls around the city as well as retail areas to deal with shoplifters. "We do have plain clothed under covered officers at the malls in different locations and we are out in force trying to coattail the shoplifting problem," Drobik said. He said shoplifting is no longer a citation and you will go straight to jail. "If you steal from a dollar to a thousand dollars, mo matter what amount it is, you will go to jail," Drobik said.

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