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Northbrook, IL: 5 charged as 2 theft crews hit Saks Off 5th store on same day Police reported that five people from two separate retail theft crews face charges, after both groups hit the same store near the Dundee Road ramp to the Edens Expressway on March 19. In the first case, Northbrook Plice said officers from two other area police departments chased down suspects as they fled Northbrook. Store security personnel at the Saks 5th Avenue/Off Fifth in the Village Square of Northbrook had reported seeing four people running from the store with purses worth $4,000 to $5,000 shortly before 1 p.m. on March 19. They told police they saw them jump into a car and flee the shopping center. Hearing a broadcast bulletin, Wilmette Police pulled behind a suspect vehicle, and with the help of Skokie Police, stopped it at Oakton Avenue, about nine miles south of Dundee.

Pleasant Prairie, WI: Two charged for shoplifting from outlet mall
Two Milwaukee women are facing felony charges for shoplifting from Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. The two are accused of stealing more than $600 worth of clothing and accessories from Gap, Ralph Lauren and Justice on Saturday around 5 p.m. They were charged Monday in Kenosha County Circuit Court with felony retail theft and felony retail theft with a shielding device. According to court documents, Pleasant Prairie police were called after a loss prevention employee at Gap failed to stop the women from leaving the store with stolen merchandise. Police found the two women in a silver sedan with tinted windows in the parking lot. When officers searched the vehicle, they found a so-called "booster bag" lined with duct tape and tin foil.

Sylvester, GA: Police tracking suspects in theft of electronics, chainsaw and clothing; hit Garden Center exit
Sylvester Police are looking for two theft by shoplifting suspects who entered the Sylvester Walmart store and stole hundreds of dollars' worth of items. Some of the items were two small TV sets, a chain saw and clothes. The two individuals loaded the items in a shopping cart, cut the chain off the garden center rear door to exit the store with the stolen items. The items were then loaded onto a red truck seen driving from the parking lot.

Chandler, AZ: Man accused of stealing vacuum cleaners from Target and IKEA
A Guadalupe man has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of vacuum cleaners from East Valley Target stores. Daniel Armenta, 28, is accused in court documents of stealing nine Dyson vacuum cleaners from various Target stores in Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe. Police said the thefts occurred between September 2015 and January 2016. Documents say Armenta would arrive as a passenger in a Discount cab, enter the store and remove the attached security device from the vacuum before walking out and leaving in the cab. Police used surveillance video to match Armenta with a photo they had from a prior arrest. Armenta was arrested while allegedly in progress of stealing from a Tempe IKEA. Police valued the total of the thefts at $2,700. He's been charged with seven counts of organized retail theft.

Pekin, IL: All-woman crime ring swipes cameras in East Peoria using magnetic key and 'spider wrap'
Thieves in unrelated cases used unique tools - a magnetic key in one, a cart loaded with toilet paper in the other - to steal thousands of dollars in items from Tazewell County stores, charges allege. The latter case produced an arrest warrant for a Bellevue man who police say got away with 31 bottles of liquor hidden within the rolls of tissue. Ralph Raithel, 32, is sought on charges of burglary and felony retail theft for the crime Feb. 23 at the Kroger store in Washington. The liquor was worth a total of about $1,370, store officials told police. Raithel was sentenced in 2013 to three years in prison for felony retail theft. His girlfriend also is being sought, the affidavit stated. The second case began Aug. 5, when four women allegedly teamed up to steal several digital cameras from the Target store in East Peoria. Store employees discovered the theft five days later when they found a "spider wrap" used to secure the cameras tucked back into a display shelf. The employees told police the theft, which they found recorded on security video, appeared to be the work of a ring of women who committed similar thefts at Target stores in several other Illinois cities, including Peoria.

Brunswick, OH: 2 of 3 Arrested hitting Home Depot; stealing fertilizer
 Police arrested two of three suspects thought to be involved in recent thefts at local Home Depot stores. A loss prevention officer at the Home Depot saw the suspects pull into the parking lot around 2:23 p.m. A man and a woman entered the store and took five large bags of fertilizer. The security officer confronted the suspects and the man became confrontational, allowing the female to flee the scene in the awaiting car, which was being driven by the unknown third suspect. During the investigation, the man admitted to the theft and told police he had "chemical dependency issues." He was cited for theft and told not to return to the store. The woman later turned herself in to police and was also cited for theft.

Victorville, CA: Three Kohl's Theft Suspects Lead Deputies on Pursuit
According to Sheriff's spokeswoman, Chandon Porter, 29, and a 16-year-old teen were reported to have stolen merchandise from Kohl's. They fled the store to a waiting vehicle, driven by Harvey Yates, 31. As deputies responded they observed the vehicle, a gold-colored car driving through the Kohl's parking lot and attempted to stop the vehicle. Yates led deputies on a pursuit in the immediate area for approximately 7 minutes. The three were detained when deputies boxed in the vehicle.

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