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Lowell, MA: Former Home Depot Refunder charged with $330,000 theft
in Federal court, back at it now at Lowes 10 years later
A former IRS clerk convicted in federal court more than a decade ago of stealing $330,000 worth of merchandise from Home Depot stores in nine states has been charged with repeatedly targeting the Lowes home-improvement store in Lowell by obtaining hundreds of dollars in refunds for stolen replacement windows. In Lowell District Court on Tuesday, Robert P. Dooley III, of Salem, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to two counts of larceny over $250. Prosecutors sought a $40,000 cash bail noting Dooley's lengthy criminal record and his history of similar crimes. The only condition Judge Michael Brooks ordered was that Dooley must stay away from all Lowes stores.

Atlanta, GA: FaceTime used in Smash & Grab Robbery $100k in designer clothing from Buckhead boutique
A group of men in three separate cars robbed and ransacked a high-end men's boutique April 6 in Buckhead, police said. It took a crew of seven people eight minutes to steal between $50,000 to $100,000 in designer clothing from Buckhead's Moda404 Men's Boutique. Owner Lee Sterling Brockwell roughly estimated that $50,000 to $100,000 in men's clothing was stolen from the store, which is located in the Buckhead Commons shopping center at 3145 Peachtree Road in Atlanta.

Peoria, IL: Thieves steal 30 to 40 iPad Tablets from Target
Thieves stole 30 to 40 iPad tablets from Target this past weekend, and apparently used a cushion to muffle noise from the glass being broken on the display cases. According to Peoria police reports, one, maybe two, men entered the store, about 8:47 p.m. Sunday and went to the back where the electronics are. A security guard with the store noticed later that glass cases were broken and believed the man or men used a cushion or a pillow to muffle the sound of the breaking glass. A pair of bolt cutters that authorities believe were used to break the glass were found at the scene.

Centerville, WI: Café employee admits to $14,442 in "error correct" theft
A 23-year-old Galesville woman charged with stealing $14,442 over about five months last year while working at a cafe recently entered into a one-year deferred prosecution agreement. Kimberly J. Vance pleaded no contest to felony theft, but the charged will be dismissed if she abides by conditions of the agreement. Owners of Toad's Cafe in Centerville noticed Vance had made 43 "error corrects" during one shift. An investigation indicated $14,442 was stolen by Vance between April 23 and Sept. 15. Vance, who worked about 4½ years at the cafe, told police she used the money to pay for vehicle expenses, bills and illegal drugs.

Northbrook, IL: Wrong Person Hauls Away 26 Boxes of Sephora
Items Worth $10K
A representative of Sephora, reported 26 boxes of store merchandise worth $10,000 stolen, the police report stated. The boxes were scheduled to be picked up April 5 by a hauling company, but a store employee let someone else take the merchandise instead, the report stated. The business discovered the theft when the hauling company arrived later in the day.

Mitchell, WI: Police arrested 4 people in a string of shopliftings; $2,700, hitting 5 businesses
The four suspects, all from Sioux Falls, SD were arrested Monday after allegedly taking items totaling $2,700 from Campbell Supply, Goodwill, JC Penney, Coborn's Superstore, Family Dollar and Shopko in Mitchell. The four individuals were taken to the police department, where they admitted to traveling to Mitchell for the purpose of shoplifting. At about 3:30 p.m., a minivan was stopped by Mitchell Police, less than 10 minutes after Shopko Loss Prevention reported a theft to police. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found stolen items from each of the five stores, which included clothing, shoes, movies, food and various household goods, believed to have been taken between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre Twp, PA: Man from Thailand charged with shoplifting $600
in merchandise from Kohl's
A resident of Thailand, identified as Surpan Sirirattanaprasert, 45, had concealed four hats, eight pairs of pants, and two shirts into a Kohl's shopping bag and exited the store at about 3:55 p.m. and was apprehended. Total value of the alleged theft is $632.96. Police said they determined Sirirattanaprasert is currently residing in Wilkes-Barre.

Hoover, AL: Two wanted for allegedly stealing $546 worth of merchandise from Ulta Beauty

Walmart weed eater theft could led to felony charges, suspect has 6 prior theft convictions

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