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Salem, NH: Police arrest 5 at Lowe's in connection with fraudulent credit cards
Five people from New York were arrested in connection to suspicious transactions reported at Lowe's Home Improvement store in Salem, police said. Lowe's loss prevention department contacted Salem police around 3:15 p.m. Monday, reporting that several men came into the store and purchased a significant amount of store gift cards using credit cards. Officers said they stopped the van as it attempted to leave the parking lot. After the stop, police found fraudulent credit cards in the car.

Minneapolis, MN: Mall of America worker helps police nab 2 Identity Theft suspects; over $65,000 in merchandise
A Mall of America employee is credited with helping police nab two men accused of using other people's credit cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and gift cards. Kesheng He, of Orlando, Florida, and Junshi Zhang, of Brooklyn, New York, both face one count of felony identity theft after investigators say the two men stole more than $65,000 worth of merchandise from stores in the Twin Cities area. He and a woman went into an MOA jewelry store to buy a Rolex watch. When the woman handed over the credit card and identification, the clerk noticed the ID card didn't have a hologram on it. The clerk told them she'd have to call their credit card company to make sure it actually belonged to them. When an officer in the mall found the vehicle He was in, Zhang was driving. Police say 11 of the cards they found are associated with other people.

Dedham, MA: Two Charged with Stealing Nearly $1,000 in Merchandise
at Dedham Mall
On Jan. 23, police responded to a report of shoplifting at the Dedham Mall. While on the way, officers were informed that one suspect was heading towards a car. After arriving, police observed a male carrying a pink bag walking across the lot. One suspect attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended. The value of the items taken was $540. After about 20 minutes, the woman, identified as Nina James, 44, left the store and started towards her car. Police approached James and arrested her. The value of the items taken was $439.95.

Tomball, TX: Harris Co Deputy arrests two in theft ring hitting Target
HCSO Deputy Reyes received a call for service from the Target in Tomball on last Friday at around 3:30 p.m. The loss prevention officer had observed two men loading a shopping cart with expensive vacuum cleaners and Bose stereo speakers. The suspects placed the cart next to a fire exit door in the back of the business. The males then exited the store, and one male returned and pushed the cart out the door while his accomplice loaded the items into a waiting vehicle. The suspects were in the act of loading the vacuum cleaners, when Deputy Reyes made the arrest without incident.

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