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Grand Rapids, MI: Two men facing Federal Charges in $180,000 phone scam, targeting Verizon and 200 businesses
The two men who were arrested after allegedly targeting Amway as part of a scheme to steal iPhones have been indicted on federal charges. Wednesday, Keishun Brown and Antonio Davis were indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and interstate transportation of stolen goods. In March, Brown and Davis allegedly used Amway's account information to order more than 190 iPhones valued at more than $180,100 from Verizon and have them shipped to the company's Grand Rapids-area headquarters. They then allegedly tried to intercept the FedEx truck delivering the phones. When that didn't work, they tried to talk their way through Amway security in an effort to get the phones. That failed, too - they were sent to the lobby, confronted by security and soon arrested by Kent County sheriff's deputies.

San Antonio, TX: Woman accused of stealing over $10,000
in cosmetics from Ulta Beauty
A woman arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing makeup told officials she made $3,000 a week over an eight-month period selling the products. Celia Nichole Sanchez, 27, was booked on a charge of Organized Retail Theft, bail was set at $5,000. Police found Sanchez with $6,000 worth of makeup still in shopping tote bags from Ulta retail stores after they followed her to a house. Some of the bags still had theft sensors attached when officers watched Sanchez conduct a transaction for the makeup before taking her into custody on a warrant for her arrest. Another $4,000 worth of Ulta cosmetics were discovered in her home, which she was selling through Facebook cosmetic groups.

Suspects in Target robbery identified after calling store to complain about security
California police are looking for a pair of thieves accused of stealing from two Fresno-area Target stores, before calling the store to complain about security. "We usually don't get cases where the person who robbed the store calls back and then asked to speak to store security where they complain about the fact that they were stopped," Sgt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department said. Footage from store CCTV cameras show 43-year-old Derek Anthony and 35-year-old Marie Guazon leaving the store carrying two pillows and a bag filled with printer ink cartridges. Security officers are then seen swarming the two suspects. Anthony wrestles with two of the guards before lifting his shirt to reveal a pistol in his waistband. The guards let the thieves go, who fled in a silver Mercedes SUV. Police were able to identify the suspects after the man allegedly called the store to complain about how they were treated by security.

Spartanburg, SC: BI-LO Employee busted for Theft of $7,400
in Money Order scheme
Authorities have charged a Spartanburg BI-LO employee in the theft of more than $7,000 worth of money orders from the grocery store. Divyne Shakem Dashaw Singleton, 19, of Goose Creek, is charged with breach of trust. Singleton was working at the BI-LO near Hearon Circle when police say he made fraudulent money order transactions that totaled $7,423.84.

Johnson City, TN: LensCrafter hit for $6,800 in Ray Ban and Versace Sunglasses Police were called to a local LensCrafters in regard to a shoplifting incident. One of the employees said two individuals walked into the store and stole approximately 35 pairs of Ray Ban and Versace sunglasses from the shelves. The associates claimed they were too busy at the time to notice the theft occurring. The estimated amount of merchandise taken was $6,800.

Pauls Valley, OK: Walmart Video Game Theives lead Police on High Speed Chase; 3 Arrested
Three people are accused of leading police on a high-speed chase after they tried stealing more than $1,100 worth of video games and other items from a Pauls Valley store. A woman rushed out of the garden center of a Walmart near Interstate 35 around 4 p.m. Wednesday with a store employee following close behind. A vehicle pulled up in front of her with the driver-side door open, but a Pauls Valley detective stopped in front of the vehicle. The detective left his vehicle, identified himself as an officer, and the vehicle sped off, almost hitting a squad car head-on, officials said. The vehicle drove to I-35, starting a pursuit that reached speeds of about 100 mph.

Detroit, MI: Three suspect walked out with $1,000 of merchandise and store baskets
The three customers stared straight ahead as they walked past the store counter in northwest Detroit last week - toting an array of merchandise none had paid for. A camera filmed their hasty exit, and authorities hope that footage leads to the trio wanted for the larceny reported April 4 in the 7000 block of W. Seven Mile. The two men and a woman entered the business there at about 8:45 p.m., "loaded up bins with items and left the location without paying for them," police said in a statement.

Kalamazoo, MI: Woman arrested for identity theft;
may be part of bigger ring
One alleged member of an organized group of well-dressed pick-pockets has been arrested by Portage Police and others are being sought. They have been preying on the patrons of restaurants in Kalamazoo and Portage since late last year, snatching wallets out of purses and coats draped over the backs of chairs. 41-year-old Melanie Pickard is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail on $25-thousand bond for Identity Theft.

UK: 'Charlie's Angels' gang caught after two years on the run for distraction thefts
They're actually an all-girl gang of Eastern European thieves getting ready for their next big sting. After two years on the run the law has finally caught up with one of them. Saida Isovic, 24, helped her partners in crime target an unsuspecting shopper to steal 2,000 pounds from her handbag after she withdrew the money from the bank, in 2013. CCTV footage and pictures showed the three Bosnian women dressed in Charlie's Angels-esque attire. In fact, there were a number of costume changes during the mission to distract their victim. The gang switched disguises in Primark from colourful headscarves and long clothing - quick change - to long hair and trousers as they pursued the unsuspecting target.

Bellevue, WA: Police bust identity theft ring, 5 Arrested

UK: Burglars Smash and Grab $4,000 worth of Power Tools from Middlesbrough Tool Centre

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