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Portland, OR: 6 indicted in major Organized Retail theft scheme; Police seize $50K of stolen goods
Six people have been indicted by a grand jury in a wide-ranging organized retail theft scheme that targeted several stores throughout the metro. In September that police recovered an estimated $50,000 in stolen goods from a home. At the time, police described the evidence as "a large cache of suspected stolen property." Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau had to catalog the items and the case was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office. On Tuesday, a grand jury handed up a six-page indictment. According to the indictment, detectives have taken 22 separate reports. Thefts are alleged to have occurred from the Nike Outlet Store, Sephora, Ulta, DSW, Midk Beauty Supply, Walgreens, Kmart, BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, and the Children's Place.

Bothell, WA: Home Depot Employee and her Father accused in $39,000 fraud Detectives say the daughter, who worked at the store, would return "ghost items" and credit them to a gift card. Police say the daughter would then give the card, with an average balance of $600 to $800, to her father, who would then sell them to an Everett pawn shop for cash. A Home Depot loss prevention employee noticed the fraudulent activity and alerted police on Monday. Police say the employee showed police a list of 46 suspicious transactions. A Bothell police document said the daughter's boyfriend may have been involved in one of the fraudulent transactions.

Westminster, CO: Police seeking suspect in $10,000 Kohl's jewelry theft
Westminster residents still can't believe the brazen crime that took place inside the Kohl's store on Sheridan Boulevard. Surveillance video from Jan. 22 shows a man walk up to the jewelry counter and ask the clerk to show him a $10,000 Vera Wang ring. The man tries it on and gives it back to the clerk. He then asks to see the ring again with a magnifying glass. The clerk returns and the man takes off with the ring. The surveillance camera loses him as he runs outside. Police said the security guards who gave chase and were assaulted with pepper spray.

Ulster, NY: Two women arrested for $4,900 Grand Larceny for Kohl's
According to the Ulster Police Department, officers arrested two woman following a shoplifting complaint from Kohl's in the Town of Ulster. According to Kohl's Loss Prevention, said police, Yolanda Casholle and Anessa M. Newman allegedly removed $4934.73 worth of merchandise from the store without paying for it. Casholle and Newman were charged with the Felony of grand larceny in the 4th degree and the Misdemeanor of conspiracy in the 5th degree.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL: Couple hits Victoria's Secret for $600 in merchandise
The pair casually walked into the store and walked over to an underwear display table. The man grabbed approximately half the undergarments and shoved them into a bag the woman was holding. The pair then continued walking and left the shopping center. A store employee immediately called police, but the underwear bandits got away. The 75 pairs of "Live, Love, Dream" panties were worth over $600.

Baton Rouge, LA: Crime Stopper Tip leads authorities to man accused of stealing from Walmart stores
Investigators said a man wanted by law enforcement officers for allegedly stealing from Walmart stores was captured Monday because of a Crime Stoppers tip. Brandon Wheeler, 27, also known as Snowflake, was wanted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Authorities said Wheeler was banned from entering Walmart stores in the Baton Rouge area due to his theft history with them. They added he allegedly stole from two more Walmart stores in East Baton Rouge Parish in December and January. He was booked on charges of felony theft, simple burglary and entry after being forbidden.

Wauwatosa, WI: Woman was arrested for $784.95 in retail theft at Sunglass Hut at Mayfair Mall

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