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Huntington, NY: Man pleads guilty to $50,000 spending spree and ID Theft
A man pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of conspiracy for his role in a multistate identity theft ring last year. Tianli Yang, 26, of Brooklyn, New York, who spoke through an interpreter, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to serve two years' probation after Judge Ferguson suspended a yearlong jail sentence. Yang and his friends were accused of racking up $50,500 in unauthorized purchases in three states. The four were arrested at the Huntington Mall last year after a two-day spending spree at the mall. Over 100 fraudulent credit cards were seized.

Upper Gwynedd, PA: Suspect identified in East Coast Cell Phone store heists; nearly $6,000
Police said Thursday morning they have identified a Maryland man as one of three suspects who allegedly stole thousands of dollars' worth of iPhones and other items from an AT&T store on Valley Forge Road in January and who are believed to be part of an out-of-town crime ring that's committed similar distraction retail thefts along the East Coast. According to police, shortly after 7 p.m. on Jan. 19, three men walked into the AT&T on Valley Forge Road and stole five iPhones and two iPads with a total value of $5,205. A similar theft of an iPhone valued at $699 occurred approximately 45 minutes earlier at a Sprint store inside the Plymouth Meeting Mall.

Lancaster Co, PA: Man charged in $12,900 Movado theft at Tanger Outlet; previous $1,900 theft at Nike
A man recently released from Lancaster County Prison after serving time for theft has been charged again - this time for a $12,900 watch theft, police said. Charles Hudson, 49, of Philadelphia, took the watch from Movado Company Store at Tanger Outlets on Feb. 10, police said. Last March, Hudson was charged with stealing 15 pairs of Nike shoes, valued at $1,909, from the Nike Outlet at Tanger Outlets. He pleaded guilty to retail theft on Dec. 17 and was sentenced to time served to 23 months. He'd served nine months in prison.

Union Square, NYC: Makeup Marauder Caught After Weeklong Shoplifting Spree; over $4,000
A woman went on a shoplifting spree in Manhattan, stealing thousands of dollars worth of cosmetics and other loot from five stores over the course of a week, according to a criminal complaint. Eva Doublerg, 28, hit three Sephora makeup stores, a CVS, and a Michael Kors store between Feb. 6 and Feb. 14, making off with more than $4,000 worth of goods before finally getting caught, police said.

Philadelphia, PA: $2,000 worth of clothes taken in a Smash-and-grab at the Century 21 in Center City
Philadelphia Police were searching for the thieves who smashed two display windows at the Century 21 Department store in Center City early Thursday morning and then made off with $2,000 worth of clothes. A burglar alarm was triggered at 4:47 a.m.and responding officers found two broken display windows with mannequins stripped of their clothes and accessories, including handbags. The cost of the two broken display windows is $7,000.

Philadelphia, PA: 9 men Grab & Run with over $2,000 in Jeans
from Bloomingdales
Police say thousands of dollars' worth of jeans have been stolen from a luxury department store chain in downtown Philadelphia. Philadelphia police say nine males donning ski masks stole 20 to 30 pairs of jeans from a Bloomingdale's store at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the jeans are worth about $2,000. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.

Clarkstown, NY: Sears cheap TV Scam busted
Police arrested a Massachusetts resident Thursday for her involvement in an ongoing scam that has been carried out for years in the Northeast. The victims are offered an opportunity to get a discount on a high end Samsung 65" TV from a Sears store. The suspect poses as a Sears employee and meets the victim in the parking lot of the store. The victim hands over ($2,100) the money and is told to wait at the store merchandise pick-up area for the TV, which never comes. Police responded to Sears in Nanuet at about 6 p.m. for a report of fraud. The responding patrol officers interviewed an alert loss prevention employee who said he had observed the scam taking place. The employee, a 35-year-old Nanuet resident, was able to hold the suspect at the scene until officers arrived.

Waseca, MN: Man sentenced to prison Waseca Wal-Mart theft;
$2,900 ordered in restitution
A 26-year-old Faribault man was sentenced to prison as a result of stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from the Waseca Wal-Mart last year. According to court records, Benjamin Jacob Hunt, 26, of Faribault, was sentenced to 25 months in prison as a result of the felony theft charge, and 28 months as a result of the felony fifth-degree controlled substance charge. The two sentences will be served concurrently. Hunt was also ordered to pay nearly $2,900 in restitution.

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