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Kenosha, WI: American Girl- Mattel Distribution Center Employee accused theft; Missing merchandise worth $292,000
American Girl merchandise worth $292,503 was shipped to family members of a former employee of the Wilmot American Girl-Mattel distribution facility between October 2014 and March 2015, according to court records. Nigel O. Thompson, of McHenry, Ill., is charged with 25 counts of felony theft and six counts of attempted felony theft for actions the company states he took. A warrant for his arrest was issued this week. Thompson never returned to work after March 31, 2015, when American Girl intercepted a shipment of four pallets, according to the criminal complaint filed in Kenosha County Circuit Court. American Girl staff believe Thompson was able to remotely track the shipments over the internet, and never came back after he realized they had been intercepted. On April 1, 2015, Thompson sent an email to human resources clarifying his resignation, the criminal complaint states, writing "I'm going through a lot of personal and medical issues and I have to resign to take care of those issues. I'm checking into a hospital on the advice of my doctor. I will return my badge and credit card as soon as I'm able to. I'm very sorry for this." The 25 unauthorized shipments ranged in value from $2,556 to $29,414, with associated shipping costs between $47.14 and $676.68, according to the criminal complaint. The six shipments that were intercepted were for merchandise worth $99,188, with shipping costs of $1,833.66.

Missoula, MT: Florida man suspected of $200K in fraudulent purchases across U.S. arrested in Missoula
According to the affidavit, Lear spoke with an FBI agent in Wisconsin who said Perez-Reyes is suspected of using counterfeit credit cards in thefts totaling about $200,000 in more than 20 states. Deputy County Attorney Karla Painter said Thursday she doesn't know which other states are involved in the investigation. She said it appears Perez-Reyes was paying for high-end merchandise using credit card numbers associated with accounts that were already closed or canceled. "Unfortunately, the stores don't find out about it until too late," she said. Painter said he was only found because Sportsman's Warehouse sent out the nationwide alert to employees and the loss prevention officer at the Missoula store recognized Perez-Reyes. In Missoula County Justice Court on Wednesday, Painter said the warrant and criminal information from Nebraska indicated authorities were concerned Perez-Reyes would possibly flee to Cuba.

Henry County, GA: Excel Logistics Employees bust in $40,000 Tire Theft
Henry County Police made five arrests involving an inside theft of about 100 Goodyear tires from the Excel Logistics Warehouse at 500 Business Center Drive in Stockbridge. A private security firm notified detectives of a planned theft of tires and officers conducted a traffic stop of a U-Haul van leaving the warehouse. All suspects were employees or former employees of the facility. One employee would distract employees while other employees removed the tires and loaded them into the U-Haul. This case is still under investigation pending other possible arrests and specific details cannot be released until preliminary court hearings are held. The retail value of the tires was estimated at $40,000.

Arlington, TX: More than 50 weapons stolen in Gun store Burglary
Multiple suspects stole are than 50 guns from an Arlington gun store in the early hours of Thursday morning, police say. According to a news release, police responded to an alarm in the 800 block of Avenue H East at 3 a.m. Thursday. Burglars had forced their way through the front window of the business and stolen a variety of handguns and rifles before fleeing the scene. In all, more than 50 weapons were stolen.

Lady Lake, FL: Woman charged with stealing, pawning more than $2700 in merchandise from Kohl's; 3 priors for theft
A 33-year-old Orlando woman is free on bond after she allegedly stole and then pawned more than $2,700 in merchandise from Kohl's in Lady Lake. Jessica N. Jewett entered the store with a man at about 6 p.m. March 30 and took several Sonic Care electric toothbrushes. Store personnel were able to get the license plate of the vehicle which turned out to be registered to Jewett. A check showed that Jewett had made 126 individual pawns of similar items at pawn shops in Orange and Seminole counties dating back to April 27, 2013. She also has three previous arrests in similar cases. Jewett is facing charges of organized fraud and grand theft. She was booked at the Lake County Jail and released after posting bond.

Monroe, WA: Walmart Shoplifter activates a Rape Alarm;
high pitch noise diversion in $850 theft
A shoplifter in Monroe last week used a device that is supposed to help people fight crime to commit one. The man apparently activated a rape alarm, also called a personal safety alarm, and left it underneath a shelf at a drug store. The tiny heart-shaped alarm, which is marketed to women, emitted a high-pitched sound. While store security was checking out the noise, the man fled with $841 of stolen merchandise. The incident unfolded shortly after 1 p.m. March 30 at the Walmart store along N. Kelsey Street.

Cleveland, OH: Cleveland's Ohio City store hit for 5th time with Grab & Run
The Xhibition Clothing store on West 25th Street in Cleveland was hit by thieves once again and police said it marks the fifth incident at the store in the past year. Cleveland police second district detectives posted extremely clear surveillance pictures of the suspects, who walked into the store at 2:20 in the afternoon, and made off with more than $500 in merchandise.

UK: Suffolk: Three arrested for the theft of 140 containers of Baby Formula
Three people have been given suspended prison sentences after pleading guilty to the theft of more than 140 tubs of baby milk powder. An off-duty police officer called in around 2.15pm on Sunday 3 April reporting that a number of people had stolen baby food from the Co-Op store at Hasketon Road in Woodbridge. Officers discovered three locations where some of the milk had been taken from, but it is believed some of the formula may have been stolen from other local outlets.

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