CC Fraud Ring member pleads guilty - hitting stores in western NY
for over $300K
A western New York, Buffalo, woman has pleaded guilty for her role in an
identity theft ring that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars through
unauthorized credit card charges. The U.S. attorney's office says 27-year-old
Danielle Hamilton of Cheektowaga pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo to
conspiring to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft
Prosecutors say Hamilton was part of a ring that traveled to retail stores in
western New York and Pennsylvania and used unauthorized credit cards obtained
through identity theft. Authorities say the group used the cards to purchase
$500 store gift cards and other merchandize totaling more than $300,000 between
October 2013 and January 2014.
Florida CC Fraud Trio arrested in South Carolina running a gift card theft
Investigators said the three were arrested March 31 after going to Home Depot on
Two Notch Road and buying four gift cards totaling $400 using stolen credit card
information and cloned cards. They then left that store and went to another Home
Depot on 5200 Fernandina Road, where they attempted to purchase more gift cards
with the cloned cards before being arrested.
Sheriff Leon Lott said the team drove from Tampa, Fla., "for the sole purpose of
committing the crimes in Richland County." Lott said that additional gift cards,
stolen credit cards and credit card information were found in the vehicle the
three were operating. Middleton, Dickerson and Peterson were taken to Alvin S.
Glenn Detention Center.
CA: Vacaville suspect had 111 fake credit cards
Police recovered a whopping 111 fake credit cards on a suspect Monday afternoon.
An employee for the Vacaville factory outlets led police to the suspect,
24-year-old Justin Knighten of San Francisco. Knighten was attempting to use one
of his fake credit cards to purchase $600 in gift cards, which alerted the
staffer that something was off. Police caught up with Knighten in the parking
lot and he tried escaping arrest in a stolen car, according to police. Officers
found merchandise, believed to have been fraudulently purchased, and the 111
credit cards in various names.
Ring Busted at Tysons Corner Center; Police seized more than $76,000 in property
Police reported Tuesday that they have busted up a theft ring operating at
Tysons Corner Center shopping center. On Friday, March 25, at approximately 8:30
p.m., the police department's Tyson's Urban Team (TUT) was notified by store
security at Lord & Taylor of suspicious activity, police said. Store security
informed TUT that a male and two female suspects involved in a retail theft ring
were currently in their store. The suspects exited the store and attempted to
flee in a vehicle, but were detained in the parking lot, according to police.
TUT officers located stolen merchandise along with tools geared to defeat the
store security systems. Police say the team was captured "due to the excellent
teamwork between the store security teams at Tyson's Corner Center and the TUT"
and that more than $76,000 worth of property was seized from the retail theft
ORC Duo arrested hitting Home Depots in Detroit area
Utica Police Chief David Faber said drug addiction motivated a couple to steal
from at least seven Home Depot locations in the metro Detroit area. On March 10,
a Home Depot corporate investigator told Utica police that the suspects had
stolen merchandise from Home Depots in Warren, Roseville, Utica, Burton,
Southfield, Madison Heights and Farmington Hills.
At approximately 12:45 p.m. March 9, Utica police arrested a 34-year-old
Rochester man and a 31-year-old Hazel Park woman after they allegedly stole
power tools, strong-armed a loss prevention officer at the Home Depot in Utica,
and fled in a reportedly stolen vehicle. Both had multiple warrants out for
their arrest, and the man was listed as a parole absconder, according to the
The investigator said the male suspect fought with and overpowered loss
prevention officers in Utica, Roseville and Madison Heights.
"With the opioid epidemic, a lot more people are addicted to it," Faber said.
"What they do to fund their habits is they steal things, so with the increase in
the use of opioids is the increase in larceny-type crimes."
female Duo busted with foil lined purse hitting Belk's in Salisbury, N.C.
Salisbury Police charged two Winston-Salem women with stealing $781 worth of
clothing, perfume and other items from Belk on Saturday. The store's loss
prevention officer said someone was taking pictures of the merchandise just
before the women placed items inside their purses.
Mitchell and Fisher are accused of taking Dior and Versace perfume, as well as
Polo and Nautica shirts, among other items. Fisher had a purse lined with
aluminum foil and duct tape. Fisher was convicted in 2015 of felony credit card
theft, for which she is on probation. She's also been convicted of possession of
stolen goods, credit card theft, larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses
and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
suspect man stole over 30 new vacuums
West Palm Beach man stole brand new vacuum cleaners from local businesses, and
sucked up the profits when he sold them to pawn shops, deputies said. Cley
Hudson, 29, was arrested on Saturday on the charge of grand theft. According to
an arrest report, Hudson was entering large local retail stores such as Lowe's
and Target, taking new Dyson vacuum cleaners and leaving the stores without
paying. Hudson entered multiple stories since October in West Palm Beach and
Stuart, the report said. In one instance, he walked out with the vacuum - valued
at about $400 - and told the cashier he didn't have a receipt because it was a
Decatur, IL: Serial DVD Thieves arrested at Walmart
Two alleged female serial DVD thieves, who stole merchandise by the shopping
cartful, were arrested Friday by police after trying to walk out of a Decatur
Walmart with 43 DVDs and other items worth more than $800. Sworn police
statements say the Decatur women, aged 41 and 33, were jailed on preliminary
charges of two counts of burglary; Walmart claims they've also been caught on
surveillance video in several previous thefts.
Falls, ID: A woman was charged with burglary, pulling refund scam at Lowes
Goldie Marie Paz, 39, was facing charges of felony burglary, following a January
incident. Her preliminary hearing is set for April 8. On Jan. 24 Paz entered
Lowe's Home Improvement store in Twin Falls. Over the next two-and a half hours
Paz shops the store and loads up two shopping carts with more than $1,000 worth
of merchandise. She buys the merchandise using a relative's debit card. Lowe's
employees help Paz load the items into the back of her truck. At about 4:23
p.m., Paz reenters the store, empty handed and re-selects the same items she
purchased earlier. Paz proceeded to the customer service/return area, presents
the previous receipts and completes the fraudulent return for $781.22.
Laconia, NH: Serial shoplifter identified by tattoos; sentenced to prison
under the three strikes theft rule
Paul E. Haskell IV, 30 appeared in Court on Monday, and apologized for his
criminal conduct. He told the judge his girlfriend was pregnant, that he wanted
to be a father, a protective member of society and "not do bad things anymore."
Under the terms of a negotiated settlement, Haskell was sentenced to one to two
years in prison, with six months of the minimum suspended on three years good
behavior, to be served concurrent with his current parole setback. He was
credited with 27 days of pretrial confinement, and ordered to pay $60.83 in
restitution, plus 17 percent statutory administrative fee to Wal-Mart through
the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. Haskell has a lengthy criminal
history, including convictions for felony theft in Merrimack and Grafton
Hazle Township, PA: A man is facing charges after an incident involving retail
theft at Wal-Mart on March 31 led to police finding that multiple agencies were
looking for him on similar charges
Police say Thomas Bilsak, 27, of Hazle Township stole $189.74 worth of
merchandise at 5:30 p.m. During their investigation police found that Bilsak was
wanted by several agencies in Schuylkill County and allegedly stole items from
the same Wal-Mart at 1:11 p.m. and 2:34 p.m. on March 28.
Leslie Gaylor Mention Jr., 43, of Detroit, was sentenced to one year in the
county jail for organized retail crime and retail fraud; he was given credit for
serving 50 days and ordered to pay more than $2,000 in restitution