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Hesperia, CA: Mother and Daughter Duo Busted $20,000 in Target Scheme
Hesperia Deputies and the Gang Team served a search warrant at a residence on Tuesday afternoon. The search warrant was initiated due to a report of a commercial burglary at Target in Hesperia on March 29th. The crimes were allegedly committed by a mother and daughter. Through investigation of return records the Target Store's Loss Prevention learned that at least 378 return transactions were processed by Debbie Garcia, 56 and Jayme Garcia, 32. These returns were made at Target Stores in San Bernardino and Los Angeles County in 2015. The Target store investigation revealed that the suspects were stealing from the stores using a complex scheme involving switched barcodes that caused a total loss of around $28,000 in merchandise. During the Tuesday search at around 12:49 p.m., deputies were able to recover and return property to Target stores including chairs, ottomans, bed sets, curtains, decor and other miscellaneous household products.

Cottage Grove, IL: Woman convicted in $800 theft at Kohl's store
A Cottage Grove woman has been sentenced for stealing more than $800 in merchandise from Kohl's. Victoria Lynn Robinson, 41, was convicted March 21 of gross-misdemeanor theft. A felony charge of possessing shoplifting gear was dismissed. The charges stemmed from Robinson's Nov. 27, 2015, arrest outside Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave. A store security employee watched Robinson take merchandise to a dressing room and then a bathroom before she exited the store without paying for the merchandise, which had been concealed in a bag. Police were called and met Robinson in the parking lot. They found the merchandise in the car and a wire cutter in her purse, and the security worker found opened anti-theft devices in the dressing room.

UPDATE: Fairfax County, VA: Fairfax County Police Busts Tysons Theft Ring
The Fairfax County Police Department's "Tysons Urban Team" recently took down three suspects in a retail theft ring, and seized more than $76,000 in stolen merchandise. On March 25 at approximately 8:30 p.m., store security at Lord & Taylor in Tysons Corner Center reported that a man and two women suspected of theft were in the store.

Valencia, CA: Two women arrested for Valencia Store Robbery
Two women were arrested on suspicion of robbery Tuesday after allegedly stealing more than $1,000 worth of clothing and accessories from a Valencia store and getting involved in a scuffle with store staffers. An 18-year-old student and a 20-year-old woman walked into a store on McBean Parkway and stole $1,000 in clothing and accessories, Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, said.

Casey Rene Ervig, three months in jail, one year community custody and $800 for second-degree organized retail theft Jan. 16, 2015, guilty plea March 29

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