OR: Police seize $750,000 of fraudulently purchased iPhones
Officials say they seized nearly 500 iPhones that were purchased with fraudulent
gift cards at Washington Square Mall earlier this month. A detective noticed a
man buying large quantities of merchandise at the Apple Store on Dec. 4 using
stacks of gift cards -- a sign of organized retail crime, police say. The
suspect was then seen loading up a trunk already filled with Apple shopping
bags. Police followed the driver of the car, pulled him over, and found 470
iPhones (worth about $292,000) in the car. Earlier, police say the suspects
dropped off several boxes filled with iPhones at a local FedEx, with the intent
to ship them to Hong Kong. In total, police say the suspects' fraudulent
purchases totaled $750,000. Police say the suspects had also fraudulently
purchased iPhones at Bridgeport Village, and that the gift card purchases are
linked to counterfeit credit cards with origins in southern California.
Port St. Lucie, FL: Man accused of shoplifting Star Wars toy at Walmart
A Star Wars fan went from the store to jail after trying to add to his
collection using the 5-finger discount. Port St. Lucie police arrested Genaro
Jimenez at the Walmart on US Highway 1 Monday evening. A loss prevention worker
told police he saw Jimenez return a Star Wars figure for a refund, then head
back to the toy section, pull the same $99 toy off the shelf and walk out the
Carlos, CA: Four arrested after shoplifting, scuffle at Home Depot
Four people suspected of conspiring to shoplift at a Home Depot store in San
Carlos on Monday were arrested following a scuffle, according to the San Mateo
County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies responded to a call regarding a
fight between a suspect and store security at about 8:45 p.m. Monday at the Home
Depot. Deputies discovered that the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Gregory
Stoft, had allegedly been shoplifting merchandise when a security guard stopped
him. Stoft was apparently taking items to a vehicle parked outside with three
other suspects. When confronted by store security, Stoft handed over stolen
merchandise when the security guard said a surveillance camera captured him
stealing it. However, he then allegedly assaulted the security guard in an
attempt to get away, but was ultimately detained after a brief struggle. The
other three suspects left the store's parking lot in their vehicle, which was
stopped later by sheriff's deputies.
Lake Havasu, AZ: Police said a Lake Havasu City woman was charged with felony
shoplifting after she was caught shoplifting last week and her criminal history
revealed her to have 11 previous cases of shoplifting and organized retail theft
A Wal-Mart employee told police he saw Alina Click, 23, put a pair of red shoes
in her bag on Friday. Click was not allowed back in Wal-Mart because of a prior
shoplifting case, police said. Click denied stealing anything but police found
the shoes and other clothing items with the tags on them in her possession.
CA: Kia-Driving Couple Currently on Mass Shoplifting Spree
The Eureka Police Department has updated its warning to area shopkeepers in
light of new information, and has published some security camera stills as well.
Long story short: Police now believe that this crew includes two women and a man
traveling in the same Kia, round-robin hitting the stores in question. Updated
information and security cam photos from the EPD: In the last hour we have had 3
reports of a male and two females entering local stores and stealing large
amounts of clothing. Suspects are reportedly driving a black Kia Forte CA plate.
The three suspects haven't all entered each location.
Organized Crime Prevention Group in Twin Cities Targets Holiday Season Theft
A fairly new collaboration between local businesses and law enforcement is
paying off during the holiday shopping season, according to the group. The Twin
Cities Organized Retail Crime Association is a network of retail businesses and
law enforcement who share intelligence with an online, real-time alert system.
The shared information is meant to help partners identify trending theft
techniques, as well as the suspects. Maple Grove Police Captain Adam Lindquist
said the number of thefts has increased with the city's booming retail areas.
It's why the department is an active member in TCORCA. "This allows us the
opportunity to really focus on individuals who are really making their passion
or hobby, or even a career out of theft," Lindquist said.