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
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
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
CT: Homegoods apprehension leads to trunk full of clothing, gift cards and
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
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