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New York: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Fur Thefts In New York City And Colorado
The NYPD is teaming up with law enforcement in Colorado to go after robbers targeting fur stores. The NYPD and police departments in four Colorado cities are on the hunt for the fur thieves. Surveillance cameras have captured a man and woman on their alleged crime spree that started last October. Investigators said they're link to at least six incidents in Midtown alone. Members of the suspected theft ring stole two fur coats in December, a $40,000 loss. The high end fur store owner in Denver believes the same man and woman hit his store for over $20,000 in merchandise. The fur store owners said the thieves have thick accents and could possibly be from eastern Europe.

Bellevue, WA: Bellevue Police bust 5 tied to several Apple Store Robberies,
over $20,000 of merchandise stolen
Officers apprehended five suspects linked to several robberies at local Apple stores. During one robbery, six men entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts and grabbed around 13 iPhones before fleeing. In all, they were reportedly in and out of the store within 25 seconds. The suspect's descriptions also match large-scale grab-and-runs at Apple stores in Southcenter and Tacoma, according to police.

Hudson, NH: Police arrest a FL man connected to ID Theft Gang
and over $10,000 in gift cards purchased
Police have arrested a Florida man in connection with a credit card fraud ring involving more than $10,000 in gift cards from Sam's Club in Hudson. According to Hudson police, around 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 officers were called to Sam's Club to investigate a reported credit card fraud in progress. Two men fled the area prior to police arriving, with one man, identified as Yoel Peguero Bettancourt, 38, of Miami arrested on charges of disobeying an officer. Police have requested a warrant for Bettancourt on felony charges related to credit card fraud. Police believe a Texas-based organized crime ring responsible for the gift card fraud also put devices on gas pumps in several New Hampshire communities to steal or skim credit card numbers.

Two Baltimore men charged with Identity Theft
Two men are charged with identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft, forgery, theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. On Friday, Springettsbury Township police responded to Boscov's at the York Galleria mall. Alert employees and Loss Prevention observed the two suspects after they had opened 2 lines of Credit, purchasing $2,794.83 worth of clothing and jewelry. Corporate Loss Prevention contacted the 'actual' South Carolina victim who stated that his identity was also used the day prior at Home Depot to open a line of credit. Police stop the two men, a search and found a fake Florida Driver's license and four credit cards in other names.

Belknap Co, NH: Grand Jury indicts Man in $1,500 Baby Formula case
Edward Burke, 32, was indicted this week for theft by unauthorized taking of baby formula valued at more than $1,500 from the Tilton Wal-Mart back in November.

Norman, OK: Man steals 2 Drones valued at $500 each from Target; may have a de-activation security device
Police say the man was able to walk into the Target and out with the drones undetected. The drones were valued at $500 a piece. "Target's loss prevention seems to think that he had some type of mechanism with him that allowed him to disable or take off those security items," Jensen said.

Brownwood, TX: Brown County Sheriff's Office arrests a suspect warrant
for ORC and drug charges
Chelsea Rene Mallone, 28, of Brownwood on warrants related to surety withdrawals for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2 equal or greater than 4 grams, less than 200 grams, and theft from person enhanced along with a Weatherford Police warrant for organized retail theft.

Madison, MS: Police look for suspect that used clone credit cards
at Kroger stores
The suspect used what appeared to be a cloned credit card to make three different purchases at two different Kroger stores in Madison.

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