Michigan State Police busts iPhone identity theft trio
Hitting Apple Stores - selling iPhones $150 each
The Michigan State Police believe there's an identity theft ring targeting
iPhone users across the country, a faction of which was caught making its
way through West Michigan. The trio from New York of stealing identities and
using them to buy iPhone from other people's phone accounts.
The suspects would use information to pose as customers who were eligible for an
iPhone upgrade, such as their name and their address. They would enter Apple
stores and present themselves as the original cell phone owner. Using the
information they had about their victim, they would bypass the general security
questions asked by the clerk. When a second form of ID was requested suspects
would flash fake credit cards. The new phone would ultimately be charged to the
victim's iPhone account. After suspects left the store, troopers say they would
destroy the phony credit card and I.D to clear their tracks.
For every cell phone they get from posing as their victims, police believe they
were making $150.
Lincoln woman racked up nearly $200,000 on stolen credit cards
Police believe Amanda Koeber, 34, racked up nearly $200,000 in fraudulent
transactions. Authorities believe she used credit cards made from information
stolen from businesses in five states to purchase computers from Simply Mac and
Best Buy in Lincoln. "Over the course of one month over $193,000 of transactions
Columbus, OH: Police seek suspect in theft of $2,500 in teeth whitening kits
Police are seeking an Ohio man who's accused of stealing more than $2,500 in
teeth whitening kits, and so far, has made a clean getaway. Officials say the
46-yeary-old suspect is accused of taking only Crest-brand teeth whitening
strips in numerous thefts over the past two months. The thefts took place at
stores in and around Columbus. Officials say the suspect stole $420 worth of
teeth whitening strips from one store in Ohio's capital city.
Chicago, IL: Repeat Retail Thief Fills Big Empty Purse at Victoria's Secret at
Chicago Ridge Mall
A 52-year-old woman filled her purse with various merchandise from Victoria's
Secret, then left the store where was confronted by employees, prosecutors said.
Elissa Keller appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice on a felony charge
of retail theft. The prosecutor said Keller was observed filling her purse with
lotions and perfumes totaling $455. All of the merchandise was recovered.
UPDATE: Trumbull, CT: Supervisor let Home Depot employees steal from store
Seven Home Depot employees face charges in a series of robberies that police
say were approved by a supervisor. The Connecticut Post reports the employees at
the chain's Trumbull store would go on after-hours "shopping sprees" three times
a week between June and October 2015. The supervisor told police he allowed the
thefts in exchange for a loan. He is seen on video opening the rolling door to
the garden center to allow the employees to exit the store with power tools,
doors and other items. Police say as much as $300,000 in merchandise was stolen.
Wayne, IN: Repeat Offender sentenced to 3 years for a series of thefts totaling
One of the men involved with a theft ring was sentenced to three years of
probation Thursday in Allen Superior Court. Luke H. Vorst aka Luke Fischer, 23,
received the three-year sentence after pleading guilty last month to one count
of corrupt business influence, a Level 5 felony. Vorst was one of four men who
stole large quantities of liquor from Kroger as well as taking long sheets of
$30 Hoosier Lottery tickets from gas stations, according to a probable-cause
affidavit filed in the case. The series of thefts from Feb. 28, 2015 through
July 3 totaled $9,144.89.
Four Brooklyn NY men busted with 75 fake credit cards hitting Best Buy in
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