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Mentor, OH, police receives $25k Retail Crime Deterrence Grant to fight ORC
Lake County Narcotics Unit Links Drug Use to ORC

Funded by the Office of Criminal Justice Service with $6, 247 of that coming from a match by the city of Mentor. The narcotics unit helped Mentor craft the grant when the connection was made between thefts and drug use.

Some of the prevention measures have included five meetings held for targeted stores along with developing a storewide network/email to distribute arrest/suspect information. There were 66 bulletins distributed through email to the targeted stores, Collier said. In addition, crime prevention officers are able to conduct training for the targeted stores, which is improving communications between the stores and police department.

The department also is using the grant money to conduct undercover surveillance details in retail store parking lots to identify and arrest retail crime suspects, Collier said. "Mentor's objective with their grant is to prevent and deter the thefts while Lake County Narcotics piggybacks off that and is able to take advantage if a suspect in a theft charge is able to assist Narcotics in their investigations," Frisone said.

New York Skimming Crew Mules Busted by Cumberland Farms
employees in Oxford

An apparent New York skimming racket experienced a setback this week when Cumberland Farms employees alerted local police after questioning two women who were purchasing gift cards with multiple credit cards.

Calisa L. Moyston, 25, was charged with 13 counts of receiving improper credit cards, while Jessica T. Peters, 24, was charged with 10 counts of receiving improper credit cards. Each was also charged with conspiracy and larceny over $250 by a single scheme.

Cumberland Farms employees became concerned that the two women were purchasing gift cards with multiple credit cards, according to the police report. Shortly after they left that store, the suspects were spotted in the parking lot of another Cumberland Farms in the center of town, the police report states. In addition to numerous credit cards, a search provided 22 gift cards totaling $925.

Police said in their report that this appears to have been a case where skimming devices have been reported at several gas stations and other places.

According to police, Ms. Moyston admitted the credit cards in her possession were fake. She said she gets the credit cards from a person named "Derrick" in New York. She would purchase gift cards with the fraudulent credit cards and receive 40 to 50 percent of the value for the gift cards, according to the police report.

Westport, CT: Homegoods apprehension leads to trunk full of clothing, gift cards and criminal tools
A New York woman charged a year ago with stealing from the local Homegoods store was arrested again last week in connection with additional thefts. Tamika Davis, 26, of New Rochelle, N.Y., was charged on a warrant Wednesday with possession of a shoplifting device and fifth-degree larceny. Davis initially was charged with stealing merchandise from Homegoods last March. Her vehicle was seized, and after securing a search warrant to determine if "more evidence of criminal activity was in the vehicle," police said they found bags of stolen clothing and fraudulent gifts cards. The bags, police said, were lined with aluminum and magnetic security tag removers, which are used to circumvent store security alarms.

Kelso, WA: Man arrested after month long theft spree from Target
Police arrested a man suspected of shoplifting $1,029 worth of products from Target over the last month. Target loss prevention reported a string of thefts all committed by Micheal Norman Schmidt III, 25. Between Feb. 12 and March 1, Schmidt allegedly took a $109 Virgin Mobile HTC cell phone; three Motorola baby monitors valued at $129, $199, $259; a $129 GoPro Hero; and $199 Beats by Dre headphones. Schmidt was arrested on suspicion of organized retail theft - a felony because the items totaled more than $750 in the last 180 days.

Vallejo, CA: Burglary Suspects Caught On Camera Stealing High-End Sunglasses

Credit Card Fraudsters Gang of 4 NY Men busted hitting Wegmans in Mount Laurel, NJ, buying gift cards

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