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Dallas, TX: Trucker admits stealing $100k in wedding rings from Army - Air Force Exchange
A Dallas man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to steal and pawn nearly $100,000 worth of wedding ring sets from a Dallas military exchange. Arthur Lee Hightower II was accused of scheming with his ex-wife and their two sons to steal rings from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Hightower, 56, worked as a truck driver whose duties included delivering merchandise to the Dallas exchange, which provides goods and services to soldiers, airmen and their families. But instead, Hightower stole about 70 rings in October 2014, according to a Department of Justice news release. Arthur Lee Hightower II admitted to one count of theft of government property. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced in July.

Greenfield, IN: Hancock Co. Investigators probe $35,000 Credit Card Cloning Ring
Hancock County investigators are releasing new images of a potential suspect, trying to crack a credit card cloning case, as the number of victims has been increasing. Investigators said they usually get half a dozen cases of credit card theft in a month. In the past month, they've almost tripled that. Investigators aren't sure how the suspects are getting the credit card information, as none of the victims actually reported their cards lost or stolen. Police said skimmers are likely, but they have not found one location in town that connects all the victims. Investigators said they've got the man tracked across the region, from Avon to Brownsburg and in Indianapolis on the far east side, the north side, and the south side, making up to this point, $35,000 in purchases.

Bozeman, ID: Former Gibson employee accused of stealing guitars from factory; valued at $15,547
A former employee of Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman is accused of stealing multiple guitars from the factory and pawning them at a local pawn shop. Joseph Clayton Erickson, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony According to the manager, Erickson stole eight guitars between Jan. 26 and Dec. 30, 2015, and pawned them at Pawn Depot in Bozeman. The eight guitars have a retail value of $15,547.

Alpharetta, GA: Shoplifting Crew escapes capture with infant in tow
Police are searching for a shoplifting crew that put a baby in danger while fleeing capture, and also used the infant as a possible "cover" during their crimes. Video shows the shoplifting thieves carrying a baby at North Point Mall and then as the individuals are approached by a loss prevention officer, the thieves sprint at full speed. Detectives believe the crew has hit at least five malls in the Metro within the past six months, to include The Mall at Stonecrest, Lenox Square, Cumberland Mall and Gwinnett Place Mall.

West Vincent, PA: Police arrest High End Eyewear thief;
$2,300 of merchandise seized at Pawn Shop
The thief asked a technician to adjust his eyeglass frame. The technician took his eyeglasses to another room to make the adjustments. When the technician returned, she noticed that several pairs of eyeglass frames were missing from a display rack. The items have a total value of $2,300. Police said the items were sold at a pawn shop in Pottstown.

Dearborn, MI: Man arrested for stealing prepaid Visa cards from Kroger
A 23-year-old man was arrested for retail fraud Feb. 16 after he stole multiple prepaid Visa cards at Kroger, 23000 Michigan Ave. Loss Prevention personnel saw the man pocket four Visa Green Dot cards and eight prepaid Visa cards. The man told police a friend was going to give him $5 for each card he stole.

Woodland, WA: Police Thursday arrested Thomas Charles Larue, 43, of Vancouver on suspicion of second-degree burglary and organized retail theft

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