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Tucson, AZ: Crime Trackers: TPD, neighborhood association team up
to stop thieves
Tucson Police Department has teamed up with a neighborhood association to fight this type of crime. The Circle K is a popular convenience store for the neighborhood. It was also a target for thieves. "This happened over a course of five or six months," Det. Jesse Chlopowicz said. "They would go in every day, multiple times a day, steal the beer and walk out. This happened every day for six months." Chlopowicz works the city's South Side. He and other detectives from the Organized Retail Theft unit tracked this theft ring for months. Sgt. Nancy Fatura heads the neighborhood crime section. She revamped the online reporting tool convenience store clerks use. "I am able to have a better format for the way they have reported their crimes and I am able to ID repeat offenders and trends." said Fatura. That was how Chlopowicz ultimately was able to arrest seven people on charges of 154 felony counts of aggravated shoplifting, totaling $10,000. When these people were arrested, detectives made a shocking discovery.

Tacoma, WA: Woman Sentenced to More Than Two Years for Organized Shoplifting at Centralia Outlets
A Lewis County Superior Court judge sentenced a Tacoma woman to 25 months in prison on Wednesday for organizing a retail theft operation at the Centralia Factory Outlets using three juveniles, including one of her children. "I want to apologize for being here. I took something that didn't belong to me," said Rosemary Valderas Valencia, who appeared in court out of custody. She said she didn't plan on having the juveniles steal anything; it was their choice. However, while wiping tears from her eyes, she said she takes full responsibility. Valencia, 44, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree organized retail theft on March 4. The standard sentencing range for the charges is 14 to 18 months in prison, but the state recommended 29 months based on aggravating factors including prior misdemeanor and felony criminal history, abuse of a position of trust and a destructive impact to people other than the victims. Valencia's prior criminal history includes multiple cases of second and third-degree theft, aggravated first-degree theft, shoplifting and organized retail theft, among other convictions, in Washington and Oregon between 1990 and 2013.

Las Cruces, NM Woman, stepson suspected in Target shoplifting scheme; $400 in headphones and printer ink
Angelica Joy Green, 27, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony. Her 13-year-old stepson was given a juvenile Class III citation, charging him with shoplifting nearly $400 worth of merchandise. Police responded to the report of shoplifting at Target, Officers found Green and her stepson in the parking lot. Police said the 13-year-old boy was captured on video surveillance stealing two Beats headphones and a cartridge for printer ink. The store's loss prevention witnessed the boy exiting the store without paying for the items, then handing the ink cartridge to Green, who entered the store and tried to return the merchandise for cash.

Easton, PA: Police nab accused repeat shoplifter after Legos go missing
A repeat shoplifter at the Northampton Crossings was nabbed after attempting to leave Wal-Mart without paying for three Lego sets. James Richard Brittain, 31, on Monday allegedly grabbed three Lego sets off a shelf, valued at $207.54, and walked through the self check-out area without paying. Police said Brittain had a woman and small child with him. Officers were familiar with Brittain, who police said was stealing from an another store in the Lower Nazareth shopping center. Brittain on Feb. 22 allegedly entered the Kohl's, pulled $161.98 worth of merchandise off the shelf and went to customer service to return the items without a receipt. Police said Brittain was successful and was offered store credit. On Feb. 23, Brittain returned to Kohl's, selecting an $89.99 item and once again, attempting to return without a receipt, received store credit. On Feb. 24, Brittain returned to Kohl's pulled $139.98 worth of items off the shelf and brought the merchandise to customer service, again in search of merchandise credit. On March 3, Brittain went to Kohl's again and selected a Kitchenaide mixer, valued at $349.99, and walked to customer service in search of an exchange, it was denied, but he proceeded to leave the store with the mixer and didn't pay for it.

Agoura Hills, CA: Shoplifters stole $1,000 worth of merchandise, including baby formula, vodka and nail polish, from the CVS

Barboursville, WV: Sears shoplifter flees Huntington Mall, caught with 83 Xanax, over $300 in Power Tools

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