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Nashua, NH: Sports Authority Employee charged with $20,000 theft over the last 3 years
Carol Koehler, 49, of Amherst, was charged with felony theft. Police said she stole the items then sold them online for profit. They said her residence was stocked with stolen merchandise. The scheme was uncovered when loss prevention workers reviewed inventory logs and found discrepancies. Those workers contacted police Wednesday and Koehler was arrested a short time later.

Cathedral City, CA: Alleged family of Shoplifters caught on cam
Police are investigating after a family was seen on surveillance camera stuffing merchandise into their shirts and bags. The store owner of Pony Express Western Outfitters said four women, a man and 3 young girls came in as a group. The theft occurred last Friday and the store owner has clear surveillance video and recently posted it on Cathedral City Neighborhoods Facebook Group. The video shows one clear instance of theft as a young woman blatantly sticks a pair of boots in her purse. Other video segments apparently show additional family members stealing items.

Effingham, IL: Wal-Mart shoplifters swipe $6,500 in merchandise
Police are investigating the theft of over $6,500 of merchandise stolen this past weekend from Walmart. Det. Lange of the Effingham Police said Wednesday that police were still searching for the men, thought to have stolen these items: Four laptop computers, 19 BEATS brand headphones and wireless speakers, 18 Blu-Ray players, 31 bottles of perfume. Police said the value of the stolen items was $6,511, adding that the men apparently gathered the merchandise in tote bins and walked out of the store with them.

Portsmouth, VA: Serious crash leads to $4,000 credit card fraud investigation First responders found a man and a woman badly injured inside a car on 164 westbound and had to cut one of them out of the Camaro in order to get them to the hospital. Police also found about 150 credit cards, and a machine used to print credit cards. Officers found a $4,000 receipt from Nordstrom on the floorboard on the car.

Altamonte Springs, FL: Two men Smash & Grab thousands of dollars in phones from Verizon store
Brazen thieves smashed display cases and stole phones at an Altamonte Springs Verizon store while customers were still inside. Two men barged into the store at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the men smashed the display cases, threw stuff around and stole thousands of dollars worth of phones.

Fresno, CA: Police seeking suspect who has hit Target at least 3 times
On three separate occasions this man was seen leaving the Target with a shopping cart full of stolen merchandise. "We're only able to arrest this person for petty theft if the dollar amount is less than $950 dollars", says Sgt. Mark Hudson with the Fresno Police Department. The enforcement power of police nullified by voter enacted prop 47. Sgt. Hudson says the crook barely tries to disguise what he's doing before casually strolling out. Sgt. Hudson says, "seeing it with the receipt in his hand he may not look suspicious in a sense, so he may just continue to walk out".

Longview, WA: Two arrested throwing nearly $800 of computers
over the Garden Center fence at Walmart
At about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, a man and a woman were seen throwing two computers over a fence by the garden center, according to 911 dispatch calls. The computers were worth $768 total. Both were charged with second-degree retail theft and organized retail theft.

Bloomington, MN Kohl's LP Agent helps stop a Credit Card Fraud Team
Four suspects were stopped by Police after a fraudulent purchase at a GameStop for $64. Police discovered another purchase was made on a different fraudulent credit card for a gift card valued at $300. In total Police seized 19 gift cards and a fake Alabama driver's license. The case began with a Kohl's LP Agent contacting authorities after a failed attempt to purchase gift cards at the Kohl's store in Bloomington.

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