AZ: Trio arrested in $350,000 retail theft ring |
Police have arrested three people in connection to an organized retail theft
ring that netted in over $350,000. The Surprise Police Department tells Fox 10
that 33-year-old Andrew May, 29-year-old David Smithson and 20-year-old Regan
Malone have been arrested after detectives learned the trio was responsible for
over 200 thefts from 13 valley businesses. Estimated losses for the businesses
are over $350,000 and investigators have recovered over $60,000 worth of product
from the suspects. The suspects face 68 criminal charges of organized retail
theft, participating in a criminal syndicate and trafficking stolen property.
The Surprise Police Department would like to thank the Special Investigations
Unit of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Walmart's Global Investigations
Team who were both integral parts of this investigation.
Williamsport, PA: Ex-Weis Markets employee ordered to pay $3,500 in restitution
in $52,000 retail theft; ORC charges dismissed
A former Weis Markets employee who admitted stealing more than $52,000 worth of
merchandise over a year's period by not scanning non-food stamp items for
roommates and friends is required to make restitution of only $3,500. Stephanie
M. Maggs, Monday pleaded guilty in Lycoming County court to a felony retail
theft charge. The judge placed her on three years' probation during which she
must make restitution of $3,500 and perform 50 hours of community service.
District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt said later the restitution amount was agreed
to by the parties but provided no additional details. Maggs admitted between
June 1, 2014, and last June 15, she failed to scan items at the Weis store for
at least six individuals including her roommates who she allegedly told in
advance what items would not be scanned. Maggs was not required to help with the
rent in return for the free merchandise and she made arrangements with two drug
dealers to provide her cocaine in return for her not scanning their items.
Charges of organized retail theft and receiving stolen property were dismissed
as part of the plea agreement.
FL: Two arrested after $5K in razor blades stolen from Walmarts
Two men were arrested after $5,000 worth of unopened shaving razor blades were
stolen from at least two Walmarts, according to Stuart police. One of the
incidents happened on March 13 at a Walmart in Stuart. The suspects, Michael
Castaneda and Victor Marquez of Lake Worth, were located and arrested by Stuart
police during a traffic stop. According to officials, $1,300 worth of blades was
taken from the Stuart Walmart and the other stolen merchandise was linked to a
Walmart in a neighboring jurisdiction. They suspects were charged with grand
theft. Additional charges are likely.
Bethlehem, PA: Man steals 51 cases of baby formula from C&S Wholesale
An Allentown man is accused of making off with 51 cases of baby formula during
multiple trips to a Lower Nazareth Township warehouse and sneaking out an
employee door. Jonathan Sandoval-Nolasco, 26, allegedly stole 51 cases of baby
formula from May 20-26 last year at the C&S Wholesale Warehouse. David W. Dreher
Jr., a Loss Prevention Supervisor for C&S, reviewed warehouse surveillance
footage and saw Sandoval-Nolasco on May 26, 2015 removing 20 cases of formula
from the storage location, concealing it under a sweatshirt and walking out an
employee door. Video footage showed Sandoval-Nolasco entering the warehouse on
several other occasions. Police said he stole eight cases on May 20, 13 cases on
May 22 and 10 cases on May 25. The 51 cases of formula were worth a total of
$4,400, according to police.
OH: 4 men charged with felonies after Lowe's thefts
Four men have reportedly been arrested in Willoughby after a theft incident at
Lowe's Home Improvement. John Hughley, 61, James Lucci, 28, Nathan Childers, 31,
and Kimbo Montgomery, 58, face charges of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen
property and first-degree misdemeanor theft. A witness saw the men picking up
packages on the side fence of the store's garden center around 2 p.m. Saturday.
The suspects then placed the packages inside a vehicle and reportedly left the
store. Police arrested the four men on I-90, a search of the vehicle turned up
merchandise from Lowe's worth $1,423.55.
Milwaukee, WI: 3 suspects sought in $700 theft from CVS