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Scottsdale, AZ: California ORC Duo came to Scottsdale's Louis Vuitton store and made off with $40,000 in merchandise during two robberies
Scottsdale police said on April 13 they were called to the store at Scottsdale Fashion Square after reports of a shoplifting. Police detained 22-year-old Damon Leknarl Stuart Jr. in the mall and found 40-year-old Andrea Rose hiding in a bathroom. Store employees told police that Rose was checking the locked display drawers and when she found one that was unlocked, she alerted Stuart who would come over and grab the wallets out of the drawer, putting them in a "Disney" bag. Police say the bag was lined with thick tin foil to nullify the theft detection devices. Store employees also told police that this same couple robbed them in January. Employees reportedly recognized the pair because of the "Disney" bag. Police say in both thefts, Rose and Stuart stole wallets. In the first robbery they got away with $25,000 worth of items, and the latest time they got another $14,535. The merchandise from both robberies is still missing. Police report that both suspects have extensive criminal histories in California.

UPDATE Trumbull, CT: Two more arrested in Home Depot employee scam
A Trumbull man and a Stamford man have been arrested on warrants for conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree at the Trumbull Police Department in connection with an employee shoplifting ring at Home Depot that was exposed on April 10. Police said that Jonathan Stunzi, 20, of Gaylord Road turned himself in at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, and admitted to playing a role in the larcenies that took place from January 2015 to October 2015 at the Home Depot on Monroe Turnpike. Stamford resident Gregory Alston, 29, also turned himself in at police headquarters, around 11 a.m. Monday, April 18. Police said Alston played an integral role in the operation because he was the boss of the overnight crew that worked at the store and stole an estimated $300,000 worth of tools during their shifts. He failed to report the shoplifting ring to management and lied about reviewing overnight security footage. An audit revealed the scheme, and Home Depot's asset protection department reported it to the Trumbull Police Department last fall.

Cincinnati, OH: ORC thieves busted at a Bar in New Miami, OH
Several people have been arrested and thousands of dollars' worth of items seized after authorities raided a New Miami bar and an adjacent home. Among those who faces charges is the owner of the Valley View Sports Bar on Route 127, Billy Wayne Reeves. WLWT was there as investigators executed search warrants at the bar and the house next door Wednesday afternoon and carried out case after case of beer, Coors Light, Bud and Bud Light. Investigators also carried away laundry detergent and flat screen TVs, still in boxes. Vehicles were also confiscated. "We've been conducting undercover operations dealing with stolen property and from our investigations, it led us today to serving a search warrant here at the Valley View tavern bar in New Miami," New Miami Police Chief Dan Gilbert said. Because this is still an ongoing investigation, Gilbert was limited in what he could confirm, but he said the investigation involves theft and drugs. "The stolen property equals into a few thousand dollars of stolen property and it's been going on throughout the entire region," Gilbert said. Agencies involved include New Miami police, officers from Butler and Hamilton Counties, the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Kroger's Organized Retail Crime Division.

Dickson County, TN: Man accused of skimming 1,800 credit cards, thousands in Merchandise from TJ Maxx and Marshalls
Investigators told News the financial data of as many as 150 of those victims have been used to purchase thousands in merchandise. The multi-state card skimming operation unraveled thanks to the interdiction unit with the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force out of Dickson County. On April 7, officers stopped a mini-van rented out of Florida. The driver, 29-year-old Juan Garcia, was arrested and charged with criminal simulation. Agents allegedly found thousands in new merchandise from TJ Maxx and Marshals, and seized a skimmer, encoder, lap top, and hundreds of gift cards.

Edinburgh, IN: Couple arrested after police find 834 packs of cigarettes, fraudulent cards inside vehicle
Five packs of stolen cigarettes led Edinburgh police to discover 834 other packs and 37 fraudulent charge cards in the thief's car. Police responded to the reported theft at a Shell gas station around 1 p.m. Monday. Police say the alleged thief, Patrick Taylor, 25, had already fled the scene with Gerlissa Turner, 26, and their 3 year old daughter. The owner of the gas station told police that Taylor wanted to purchase five packs of cigarettes. The owner became suspicious when Taylor attempted to use a gift card to purchase the cigarettes and asked to purchase another five packs separately. The owner told police he asked Taylor for more information, but he got upset, grabbed the cigarettes and fled the store. A Johnson County sheriff's deputy responded, saying he had pulled over the vehicle. At the traffic stop, Taylor told police that it was all a misunderstanding. Police say Taylor had a note in his pocket that appeared to be instructions and contacts needed to buy 100 cards for $1,000, for an apparent criminal activity involving fraud. Police seized the car, after obtaining a search warrant, police searched the car. During the search, police found 834 packs of Newport brand cigarettes, as well as 40 credit/gift cards. Police say 37 of the cards had banking account information that did not match the number printed on the individual cards.

Cool Springs, TN: Two Women Arrested For Shoplifting At Cool Springs Galleria Mall
Two women were arrested on theft charges at the CoolSprings Galleria Mall. Franklin Police officers arrested 21-year-old Tiana Anderson and 21-year-old Ja Quan Nichols Tuesday afternoon. Officers said they went into a Belk dressing room to hide several items of clothing in their purses. When they approached the women, both ran from police. After a short chase, both women were arrested and the items were recovered. Officers said the stole nearly $1,000 of merchandise.

Krotz Springs, LA: 2 employees accused of stealing $1,700 in lottery tickets from store
Two convenience store employees have been arrested for felony theft after allegedly stealing lottery tickets from their employer. Video surveillance footage showed the two suspects, Stephanie Bowman, 39, and Aireal Bowman, 24, both of Krotz Springs, "removing the lottery tickets from the (store's) case and scratching off the barcode," according to sheriff's spokesperson Major Eddie Thibodeaux. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said in a news release that Stephanie Bowman, "admitted to stealing an excessive amount of tickets ranging from 12 to 15 per day for at least 1 month." She also believes the value is somewhere between $1,600 to $1,700, according to Guidroz.


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