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Biloxi, MS: Wal-Mart employee arrested in theft of $40K
Police arrested a Wal-Mart employee Tuesday in the theft of more than $40,000 from the business. Samantha Lynn Edwards, 29, faces a charge of embezzlement. Police began investigating her after Wal-Mart security officers completed an internal investigation and found an employee had made fraudulent transactions.

Aventura, FL: $30,000 in Drones and Hoverboards stolen from hobby shop
Over $30,000 worth of drones and hoverboards was stolen from a hobby store in Aventura, Tuesday morning. The burglary took place at the Drone Nerds on Biscayne Blvd., at around 4:30 a.m. This is the second time this store has been burglarized this year.

Bucksport, ME: Employee woman charged in $15,000 theft from Family Dollar
Police have charged a Waltham woman for the alleged theft of $15,000 from the Family Dollar store last spring. Michelle Chaloult, 47, was an employee of the Route 1 business last April, when the incident is believed to have taken place. Police began investigating the case in May, after receiving a complaint from a district manager of the Family Dollar chain.

Wauwatasa, WI: Nordstrom hit for over $2,000 by Grab & Run gang
Five males in their late teens took between $800 and $1,000 worth of shirts from Nordstrom, 2424 N. Mayfair Road, around 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Police believe one of the suspects also took $1,155 in men's Lacoste tops from the store around 11:20 a.m. Feb. 22.

Austin, TX: Lowe's busts man stealing Washing Machines
Austin police say over the past few months a man entered several Lowe's Home Improvement stores, loaded up a washer and dryer on a cart and wheeled them out without paying. But the thief's luck finally ran out. On February 4th, a man identified as John Carline was stopped by a Lowe's loss prevention employee as he was pushing a washing machine out of the store without paying. According to the police affidavit, the loss prevention employee was able to link Carline to 6 other thefts from Lowe's through still photographs and store video. In a written statement to the employee, he admitted to stealing the big ticket items. A criminal history check by police revealed prior convictions for theft. Carline is now facing two arrest warrants for felony theft.

Memphis, TN: Man wanted for stealing thousands of dollars in beer from Kroger Steven Richardson,49, is accused of stealing beer from the Kroger on Lamar but Kroger claims he's stolen a whole lot more than just a 6-pack, he's targeted multiple stores for beer. Kroger couldn't saw which stores were targeted and wouldn't give details about the kind of beer he's accused of stealing or how it says he keeps getting away with it. Kroger did say its retail crime loss prevention team is working with police to try to catch him.

West Palm Beach, FL: Man, 74, caught pilfering 65 pairs of panties from store
A customer told the manager that a man was stuffing merchandise into a large shopping bag. The manager of the Palm Beach Outlets store saw the man leaving the store and stopped him. The $520.80 worth of items recovered included 65 pairs of panties and seven pairs of socks. The 74-year-old ma was arrested and taken to the county jail.

Stockton, CA: Repeat Offender targets meat counter in store robbery
A man walked into a store in Stockton, threatened the manager, then took off with hundreds of dollars worth of meat. Police say the suspect is known to employees at the Walmart along March Lane, and has been known to take items in the past. He walked into the store Monday afternoon and reportedly told the manager "If you come near me, I'll stab you". At which point, the suspect walked to the meat section, filled his bag and backpack with about $200 worth of meat, then walked out of the store.

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