Coming Soon - Kevin Plante,
Director, Loss Prevention Reporting and Analytics, CVS
Over the past 25+ years, Kevin has held a number of senior-level LP positions
with national retailers ranging from Pep Boys to Staples to his current role at
CVS. He has also worked tirelessly to help promote collaboration and
partnerships within the LP industry through his founding of the New England
Organized Retail Crime Alliance and his involvement with the Retailers
Association of Massachusetts as Chairman of their LP Committee since 2005.
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Bloods-linked gang members charged with running $414K
Hitting Barney's & Saks Fifth Ave in NYC & Reselling Luxury Goods
than three dozen members of a Bloods-affiliated gang were charged Tuesday with
running a $414,000 identity-theft ring focused on making purchases with
stolen credit card accounts at Barneys, prosecutors said Tuesday.
39 gang members, who called themselves the "Pop Out Boys," used stolen bank
information it pulled from the Dark Web to create their own credit cards to shop
at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue, said NYPD Inspector Joseph Dowling.
Their gang name referred to their flashy lifestyle. "They sort of pop out,
wearing expensive clothes, a lot of popping the cork on champagne bottles,"
Detectives executed eight search warrants, finding five
handguns and five "credit card mills," which included computers, credit-card
making equipment and cash, Dowling said.
"In at least one case, an
individual is accused of making nearly twenty trips to the same luxury
department store to buy designer clothes and merchandise," DA Cyrus
Vance Jr. said in a statement.
The suspects bought and resold
Goyard handbags and other luxury items, then used the cash to fund
nightclub outings and trips to Miami, California and Georgia, police said.
Detectives caught wind of the alleged fraud while investigating another case at
Barneys. They saw some of the defendants shopping with a stack of credit cards,
CA: Police make arrests in $500,000 Shoplifting Ring targeting Victoria's
Secret, JC Penney
Two people were arrested and two others were cited for
allegedly taking part in a shoplifting ring that targeted Southern California
Victoria's Secret and JC Penney stores, making off with more than $500,000 in
merchandise, Montebello police said Tuesday. Gabriel Contreras, 23, of Highland,
was arrested on suspicion of burglary and grand theft, and Riverside resident
Guadalupe Rocio Morales, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen
property, according to police. The arrests were the result of a three-week
investigation conducted by Montebello police in conjunction with loss-prevention
agents from Victoria's Secret and JC Penney, according to Montebello police Lt.
Andrew Vuncanon. A search of Morales' home turned up a significant amount of
clothing, handbags, makeup, perfume and lotions believed to be stolen from
Victoria's Secret and JC Penney worth an estimated $489,000, Vuncanon said. The
investigation led authorities to another Riverside home where they recovered an
additional $20,000 worth of stolen property from Victoria's Secret and JC
Penney. Two women were detained at the home and cited to appear in court for
allegedly possessing the stolen clothing and property.
Trio busted hitting CVS in Milford, Conn.
Three people have been arrested after Milford
Police were called to a CVS for a shoplifting and caught the shoplifters in the
act. Police have charged 26 year old Michelle Ripani of Meriden, 28 year old
Michael Lusardo of Hamden and 31 year old Dean Goss of Hamden with shoplifting.
Ripani and Lusardo are also charged with larceny 6th and conspiracy to commit
larceny 6th. Goss is also charged with conspiracy to commit larceny 6th.
According to police, 33 cases of Red Bull energy drinks, 13 cans of baby
forumula and 5 pars of jeans totaling over $800 that were taken from the store
were found in their vehicle.
Heroin behind ORC ammo theft at Gander Mountain
"I picked up the habit and became a heroin addict," Paul Goetz-Hoke, 28,
explained as his reason for stealing over $14,000 in gun ammunition from Gander
Mountain in January. Goetz-Hoke pleaded guilty to first degree retail
theft and organized crime - both five-year felonies. He will be
sentenced June 6.
The boxes of Blazer brass, valued at $120 a box, and Winchester shells worth
$49.99 a box were then taken to Coldwater Gun and Pawn and sold for cash so he
could buy drugs. Goetz-Hoke told the store his father had a storage unit where
he had hoarded the ammunition which he now was selling off. Branch County
prosecutor Ralph Kimble said the pawn shop owner still was suspicious and came
to him. Police were asked to investigate. Coldwater Police uncovered the thefts
from Gander Mountain.
Also arrested was Kayla Wagoner, 21, who acted as
a look out and distraction so Goetz-Hoke could take the boxes of shells. thedailyreporter.com
Credit card fraud ring busted; hit local post
offices - Bulk Buying Gift Cards
Six men who allegedly belonged to a multi-state credit card fraud ring that
struck a series of Westchester post offices were arrested on felony charges in
Eric Robinson, Eldridge Mitchell, Jhaymes Bethel
Brown, Jr. and Kordell Nesbitt are accused of using American Express,
Visa and MasterCard gift cards to defraud victims out of more
than $150,000. They went to various post offices in the
Southern District of New York and elsewhere, where they purchased
American Express, Visa, and MasterCard gift cards ("Gift
Cards"). Typically, the defendants bought or attempted to buy several $500 Gift
Cards at one time.
As a result, the victims whose bank account
information had been stolen and encoded onto the fraudulent credit cards were
left to pay for the gift cards, which cost up to $500. Frequently, the stolen
bank account information was for bank accounts maintained in foreign countries.
OR: Couple accused of Stealing Thousands of dollars in Merchandise from Woodburn
An out-of-state couple was arrested earlier this month
for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from various
stores at Woodburn Premium Outlets. Mayra Gutierrez-Leon, 29, and Eddwin Ricardo
Bejerano-Barrios, 28, both of Los Angeles, were arrested at the mall April 8,
after Woodburn police received reports from several different store witnesses
and video surveillance showing the couple stealing clothing. After contacting
the suspects and searching their vehicle, officers allegedly recovered
additional stolen merchandise valued over $5,000. Recovered clothing merchandise
was returned to various stores at the mall, but the Woodburn Police Department
is working to return additional stolen merchandise to stores not located at the
mall. The couple was found in possession of tools used to remove clothing alarm
sensors and "booster" bags that had been modified to attempt to defeat store
alarm pedestals. According to police, the couple was transported to the Marion
County Correctional Facility and lodged on one charge each of organized retail
theft, a class B felony.
Troy, MI: Retail fraud suspect caught after multi-city police chase
A man from Detroit has been charged with first degree retail fraud and eluding a
police officer after he was arrested following a police chase through several
communities. On Friday, Troy officers were sent to the Walmart on Maple on a
report from their loss prevention that they attempted to stop a suspect for
stealing $2,536 worth of store merchandise. The driver, a 32 year old man from
Detroit was arrested and charged with first degree retail fraud and eluding a
Fredrick, MD: 2 charged after Police recover $1,000 of stolen
merchandise from Wegmans & vehicle
Toms River, NJ: ID Sought In $1,000 Shop Rite Baby Formula Theft
Boynton Beach, FL: Two women used pepper spray on a loss prevention officer at a
store in the 300 block of North Congress Avenue, then took off with merchandise