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UPDATE: Arlington, TX: Couple now charged with $200,000 Cargo Theft
Investigators say a computer stolen in Wichita Falls is part of what lead them last week to what they say was a massive theft ring. Then, once at an Arlington home, officers say they also discovered an underground marijuana growing operation in the backyard that was covered by a wooden deck. DPS agents say nearly 100 plants were found. They say among the hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen goods was a Dell Computer stolen in a cargo theft on November 15th from SAIA Motor Freight Line, at 4025 Airport Drive in Wichita Falls. Two pallets containing 40 computers were stolen, along with 100 cases of Sweet & Low, with a reported value of about $30,000. Then, a DPS crime lab in Garland was able to retrieve the serial number from a computer bought from an eBay account, and connect that serial number to one of the computers stolen from Wichita Falls. Authorities say inside the Arlington home they raided near I-20 and 360 were hundreds of pairs of Nike shoes, and dozens of foot massagers, among the hundreds of thousands of dollars in other various stolen goods. 31 year old Tri Vo and 26 year old Jlicia Perry are charged with cargo theft over $200,000, engaging in organized criminal activity, and possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and 5 pounds.

Austin, TX: $75,000 worth of Magic the Gathering cards stolen from Austin store
Owners of an Austin gaming store are still checking their inventory after a burglary left them with a severely reduced stock. It happened around 1 a.m. Sunday at Pat's Games on Hancock Drive. According to store owner Pat Johnson, two men broke into the store and stole approximately $75,000 worth of the card game Magic the Gathering. Johnson says the store's front door was ripped off with a water meter turn-off key.

Lake Wales, FL: 4 Women charged in $3,200 Victoria's Secret theft at Eagle Ridge Mall
Four Orlando women are in custody after witnesses said they say them running out of Victoria's Secret on Friday night "with armloads" of merchandise worth more than $3,000. The four women were arrested by Lake Wales Police at 11:45 p.m. Friday, the value of stolen items was $3,217.50. Earlier that evening, shortly after 8:50 p.m, employees at the Eagle Ridge Mall store were getting ready to close when a previous employee and another mall employee told them they'd "been hit," according to police. Four women ran out of the store, got into a blue car, which was left running in the parking lot, and left the mall. All four women were later arrested by Police.

Nanuet, NY: Sephora Employee maced as he struggles with 2 shoplifters stealing $1,400 in fragrances
A loss prevention employee observed two suspects remove merchandise from a shelf, stuff the merchandise in bags and exit the store. The suspect used mace on the employee and the second suspect fled. The apprehended suspect was in possession of fragrance products valued at $1,460, was arrested on felony Robbery charges.

Milwaukee man charged with robbery, theft after taking $1,000 worth of jeans from the Buckle in Brookfield Square
A Milwaukee man faces up to 18 years and 6 months in prison after the alleged robbery and felony retail theft of Buckle, a store in Brookfield Square. 23-year-old Victor Brown faces charges of robbery with threat of force and felony retail theft after an alleged incident at the store also involving 28-year-old Marian Chartman. Chatman is charged with felony retail theft and could face up to 3 years and 6 months in prison after the pair were involved with stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the store and then fleeing. Brown also allegedly told a store employee chasing him that he had a firearm on him, at which time the employee broke off pursuit.

Sycamore Twp, OH: Early Morning Electronics theft
ends with Interstate Police chase
Authorities from six different police agencies swarmed the scene near Kenwood Towne Centre in Sycamore Township just before 5 a.m. The incident began as an attempted theft from the Walmart store off Red Bank Roan in Fairfax at 4:44 a.m. The suspect had a grocery cart full of electronics and told the cashier he was going outside to get his credit card, but he then took off, leaving the merchandise behind. Fairfax police, alerted to the attempted theft at the store, spotted the SUV and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect pulled over, left the vehicle running and stuck both hands out the driver's side window, then took off running.

Juliet, TN: Gander Mountain thief caught with $500 worth of knives
Police arrested a man Monday afternoon after a worker at a Mt. Juliet outdoor store said he stole several knives. Police say they found more than $500 worth of merchandise in 51-year-old James Woodard, Jr.'s car. Mt. Juliet police said a worker at Gander Mountain saw Woodard cutting packages and putting knives under his clothes. A picture provided by police shows the stolen merchandise, which included at least 17 knives.

Sonoma, CA: Safeway busts $4,000 high end Wine thief

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