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2 sentenced in $2M baby formula ring - Operating From Houston to Bayonne, N.J.
Two men were sentenced in federal court Thursday for their roles in a multimillion-dollar stolen baby formula ring that ran from Houston to Bayonne, N.J.

Abel Garcia Tepozotlan, 53, an undocumented Mexican national, was sentenced to a year and a half in prison, after which he will likely be deported.

Ahmad Manzoor, 73, a naturalized U.S. citizen who immigrated from Pakistan, to five years of federal probation. He must pay a fine of $75,000. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen merchandise through interstate commerce.

Tepolotlan, who also went by Eugenio Ortiz Contreras, organized a crew that stole infant formula from various Wal-Mart, HEB, Winn-Dixie and other stores in the Houston area from 2012 to 2013.

They then sold the cans, valued at more than $2 million, to fences in Houston. These intermediaries repackaged and shipped the powdered formula to a candy store in New Jersey.

Charles County, MD: Women hit Victoria's Secret in St Charles Town Center; trash bag full of merchandise
Police are looking for two women who were seen stealing merchandise from a Victoria's Secret store at the St. Charles Town Center in Charles County, Maryland. Video shows the women taking several items off of a display at the front of the store and put them in large black trash bags. Police said the theft happened on April 27 at 8 p.m. The pair fled and ran through the lower level of the mall. Police think the women may be connected to similar thefts in the area.

Palo Alto, CA: 5 men accused of stealing cargo van loaded with $45K worth of Gap clothes in Palo Alto
Five men are accused of stealing $45,000 worth of clothes belonging to the Gap at the Stanford Shopping Center. Thieves stole the entire truck as the delivery crew was unloading it a week ago. The delivery crew said it's happened in San Jose and Sacramento, but this was the first time in Palo Alto. Last Thursday at 9 p.m., Palo Alto police say four men took off with this truck filled with Gap clothing.

Festus, MO: Members of credit card fraud ring stopped by Festus police
Police say they are shutting down a huge credit card fraud ring. Zach Naeger is one of many credit card fraud victims. He said, "I was in Virginia and the charges were coming up in California." In Naeger's case, police say suspects were spending tens of thousands of dollars and paying for it with other people's credit cards. Police are believed to have hit at least seven home improvement stores from Chesterfield to Festus. The suspects were arrested after they left Lowe's. Detectives discovered cloned credit cards, fake ID's and $22,000 worth of gift cards purchase at Lowe's and Home Depot stores around the Metro area.

Waterford, CT: Over $500 in Baby Formula Stolen From Target; fled through a fire door

Lexington, KY: Thieves get away with thousands in Furniture

Albuquerque, NM: Three Shoplifters hit twice the same day, getting away with thousands at Audio Express

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