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ORC 3-9-16




Man spent $100K with stolen credit cards, fraud cases cracked
in Kent County, MI
Detroit man used stolen credit card information to buy $100,000 in merchandise, including $40,000 at Kent County businesses. Police say the suspects, from the Detroit area, used stolen credit card information to buy gift cards, iPads, electronic games and other products.

On Friday, March 4, sheriff's deputies arrested Calhoun. Sheriff's deputies and Detroit police then searched two Detroit homes where police found property such as a sofa, television and collectible coins bought with stolen account numbers. Police also found hundreds of credit cards, credit-card numbers, Social Security numbers, personal information and equipment to encode magnetic strips on credit cards with stolen account information.

Seattle, WA: Mother & Daughter busted running 'industrial-scale' ID theft Ring; up to $10,000 per day in fraudulent charges
Police said Tuesday they believe they've cracked a mother-daughter ID theft crime ring that committed millions of dollars in fraud throughout the region. Seattle police said law enforcement officers from the SPD, King County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Postal Service served a warrant at a home in Skyway, where detectives believe a 46-year-old woman and her 26-years daughter have been "running an industrial-scale identification theft operation." Inside the two-story home, police said they found a half-dozen fake Washington State IDs - each featuring the 26-year-old suspect's picture with a different name - lying out in the open, along with printers, blank checks, laptops, tablet computers and large boxes of jewelry. "The garage of the home was also stacked to the ceiling with suspected stolen tools, luggage, generators and other items, and the search also turned up 14 grams of methamphetamine, 10 pounds of marijuana and a handgun," the news release said. Investigators believe the suspects have racked up as much as $10,000 in charges a day under the identities of theft victims in Normandy Park, Medina, Everett, Auburn, and other cities in the Seattle area.

West Chester, OH: FBI to investigate evidence from 2012 traffic stop;
leading to $150,000 ORC Case
A routine traffic stop in 2012 uncovered a national Internet theft ring, officials announced Tuesday. The evidence seized around four years ago will now be turned over to the FBI. Officials said that West Chester police initiated a traffic stop for no license plates on a vehicle. After search warrants were obtained, officials said they seized more than $150,000. Police said the cash could be linked to several victims throughout North America. "Online shopping venues and auction sites have made it easier than ever for unsuspecting citizens to become victims of Internet theft," officer Michelle Berling said in a press release.

Mission, TX: Two men charged in thefts from Walmart and The Home Depot
Two men were charged Tuesday morning in connection with a theft Sunday from the Home Depot in Mission. One of the suspects is also accused of theft at a Mission Wal-Mart the day before. Francisco Guerrero Jr. and Leandro Balderas are accused of stealing chainsaws and trimmers totaling $1,595 in value from the Home Depot at 120 S. Shary Road at 11:55 a.m. Balderas, 21, of Palmhurst, placed the merchandise in a cart and fled through the garden area without paying. Balderas then placed the stolen supplies into a black truck that was waiting for him and then removed its front license plate before speeding off.

Midland Co, TX: Kent Kwik Loss Prevention representative leads investigation into C-Store fuel thefts; 2 caught with 250-gallon tank in van
Two Midland brothers were arrested Monday night for their alleged involvement in a fuel theft scheme. Reinier Munoz-Martin, 30, and Eusebio Munoz-Cepero, 19, were taken into custody around 7 p.m. after investigators with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Midland Police detectives and FBI task force officers observed the two men assisting each other to illegally pump motor fuel at a Stripe's Convenience Store. Investigators followed the brothers to Stripe's after surveillance cameras linked their vehicles to alleged diesel fuel thefts at multiple Kent Kwik locations throughout Midland. A Kent Kwik loss prevention representative initially reported the "bulk" thefts to Midland Police, sparking an investigation that ultimately spanned local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

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