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South Strabane, PA: Police arrest six in connection with retail thefts
Earlier this month, South Strabane Township police Chief Don Zofchak asked the board of supervisors to consider hiring more officers to handle an increasing number of calls, particularly retail theft arrests. Zofchak's request may have been validated during an eight-hour span Friday that started about 12:30 p.m. with the arrest of two people after a theft at Tanger Outlets that included a chase and capture of the suspects from Ohio, and ended that night with the arrest of three Erie women accused of stealing from stores at Tanger. Quantessa Michelle Huffman, 25, and Travis Wolfe, 25, both of Dayton, were arrested following the chase. Huffman, who is charged with felony retail theft and possessing instruments of a crime, is accused of stealing items from H&M Outlets. Police said she was found with a bag lined with foil to block security sensors. Wolfe, who police said was driving the getaway car, was charged in connection with the chase. Lashana Lendre Mayo Henderson, 24, Krystal Erin Williams, 25, and Jazmine Nicholson, 20, all of Erie, were arrested on charges of felony retail theft, conspiracy and possessing instruments of a crime after police were called to the outlets about 8:25 p.m. for a report of three women stealing from stores. Henderson and Nicholson also were charged with false identification to police after allegedly giving the officer fake names. All three carried purses and booster shopping bags. Police said they found clothing valued at $1,676 inside the shopping bags. Also found was a pair of pliers that could be used to pry off the tags. Williams allowed police to search her car, where police said they found more shopping bags and more clothing. A sixth person, Matthew Dorrance, 46, of Pittsburgh, was charged with felony retail theft for allegedly stealing a hammer drill valued at $349 from Home Depot.

Ozark, AL: Four Arrested in Walmart Theft Ring
After allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, the members of a Walmart theft ring are now behind bars. Several Walmarts from all around the Wiregrass were targeted including Ozark, Dothan, Enterprise, Marianna, and even Tallahassee. Thirty-five year old Marcus Golden, thirty-one year old Pamela Flowers, nineteen year old Amos Ball, and thirty-one year old Donald Allen were all arrested and charged with 3rd degree theft. The four suspects reportedly had been stealing an assortment of different electronics, such as tv's cameras, computers, phones and other items. With the help of Walmart security cameras, and the assistance of Walmart Loss Prevention, the Ozark Police Department were able to identify the suspects. and conduct an undercover operation. The suspects were confronted and arrested at the Walmart in Ozark.

Perth Amboy, NJ: Woman busted stealing $630 in baby formula from Target
A 39-year-old Perth Amboy woman is facing shoplifting charges for allegedly trying to steal 24 containers of baby formula, worth $630, from Target. On Sunday, store loss prevention officers told police that they spotted Tara M. Lassandro allegedly place 24 containers of Enfamil baby formula into a 20-gallon tote container and then attempt to leave the store without paying. Police said Lassandro, who also had a contempt warrant out of North Brunswick, was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Lincolnton, NC: Man stole merchandise from Walmart,
tried to make return
Michael Samuel Still, 30, is accused of stealing merchandise and then walking outside to his vehicle and then returning to the store to return the items for a refund. Staff at the store called police during the theft. Officers confronted Still after he received the refund. Still was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny and issued a $6,000 secured bond. Officers said Still has previous convictions for trafficking opiates by possession, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny.

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