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Denver, CO: Store owner: Couple stole $20,000 in clothes from 2 shops in just over an hour
The owner of MAX Clothing Stores says a couple stole more than $20,000 worth of clothing from two different shops in just over an hour. The man and woman hit the store in Boulder on Saturday and then hit the store in Cherry Creek North about an hour later, according to owner Scott Seale. Security cameras captured images of the man shoving items under his puffy coat in the Cherry Creek North location. The owner said the couple stole all "high-ticket items." "The suspects are sophisticated, shuffling merchandise between and within clothing racks, queuing each other, distracting salespeople, blocking views, etc.," Seale said.

Centerville, MD: Four Women charged in $7,000 Queenstown Outlet shoplifting spree
Four local women have been charged in connection to a series of shoplifting incidents in December at Queenstown Premium Outlets. Maryland State Police, Centreville, became aware of a group of females shoplifting from the Outlets Dec. 14. During the course of a month-long investigation, police found the suspects were shoplifting from numerous stores and would later return the stolen items in exchange for merchandise gift cards, which were then pawned at local pawn shops. The stores identified in the theft investigation included Under Armour, Adidas, Reebok, PacSun, Aeropostle, Guess and Bath and Body Works. With the assistance of loss prevention units and store managers, police determined the value of the stolen property was more than $7,000.

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Lord & Taylor Distribution Center employee
faces theft charges
An employee at the Lord & Taylor distribution center used credit card information of customers to make unauthorized purchases, police said Monday. The worker also reduced prices on merchandise without permission, the total value of the theft was $1,244. The employee will be charged after the investigation is completion.

Tilton, NH: New Hampshire Retail Assoc. and Local Police focused on ORC
Next time you let a sales receipt blow away in a store parking lot, you might unwittingly be helping an organized retail crime ring fund its drug operations. Those rings, often from other states, collect those discarded receipts, go into that store, gather items on the receipt and then take them to the return counter to get handed cash, according to Tilton police detective Nathan Buffington.

Broken Arrow, OK: Couple arrested for stealing $400 breast pump from Target; attempted return

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