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UPDATE Montebello, CA: 2 Arrested in $500,000 Shoplifting Bust - Victoria's Secret and JC Penney merchandise targeted in Southern California
Two people were arrested by Montebello police following a three-week investigation into a shoplifting ring that allegedly stole more than $500,000 worth of items from Victoria's Secret and JCPenney stores across Southern California. Loss prevention agents identified Gabriel Contreras, 23, of Highland as a shoplifter. He was arrested at his residence on burglary and grand theft charges in connection to several thefts at Victoria's Secret locations in the Southland. Authorities served a search warrant at his residence and located a significant amount of clothes, handbags, makeup, perfume and lotions believed to be stolen from a Victoria's Secret and JCPenney store at a shopping mall in Montebello.

Waldorf, MD: Prince William County Crime Solvers offer Cash Reward for Victoria's Secret Shoplifting Gang
The Charles County Sheriff's department needs the public's help in identifying two women who stole several clothing items from the St. Charles Town Center Victoria's Secret store. Police say around 8 p.m. on April 27 the unidentified suspects entered Victoria's Secret and began removing clothing from the display shelves and placing the merchandise into trash bags. The sheriff's department spokesperson confirmed that the suspects may be linked to similar "grab and run" thefts throughout the region.

Chula Vista, CA: Victoria's Secret at Otay Ranch Town Center hit again by ORC theft, $3,500 in merchandise
They did it again -- thieves hit the same Victoria's Secret store that has already been burglarized several times in the Otay Ranch Town Center. Victoria's Secret is like a candy store for women and lately, even thieves can't seem to resist going in and helping themselves to all those sexy Victoria's Secret undergarments. In November. Chula Vista Police gave 10News exclusive video of two guys wiping out a couple of underwear displays -- 250 of them were stolen in one fell swoop. The thieves got away. The same store in the Otay Ranch Town Center has been hit like this several times. The latest one happened on Monday. Police said a man stole 70 bras and took off with $3,500 worth of merchandise.

Snohomish County suspects in theft of thousands of Victoria's Secret bras, panties arrested in St. Louis
Edward Casas Fandino and Angie Rodriguez were arrested on 4-26-2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. Detectives say they are part of an Organized Retail Theft group committing crimes throughout the country. They have pending cases in New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Utah and Washington. The North Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit says they have probable cause to arrest them for stealing thousands of dollars worth of sunglasses from a store in Tulalip with another, unidentified couple pictured in light gray clothing below. They are suspected of organized retail theft after officers say they were caught on video stealing "Dream Angels" bras and panties from Victoria's Secret stores in Utah and Oregon. Loss prevention officers in Ogden say they stole 1,100 panties worth $15,950.

Neillsville, WI: Russell's store employee stole $170,000
An employee from a Neillsville store has been charged with stealing $170,067 from the business over several years. Audit reports indicate she stole $165,469 over several years by failing to make deposits, including $50,150 in 2014. LaValley also falsified returns and took money from those "returns." One 100-foot extension cord was returned 53 times.

Enfield, CT: Two Arrested in ORC/ Credit Card Fraud; 80 fake Credit cards and $10,000 in merchandise seized
Ralph Pimentel, 40, of Miramar, Florida, and Shawna Brod, 38, of Garland, Texas, were arrested on a variety of charges, including third-degree larceny, using a revoked credit card, credit card theft by transfer, and interfering with police. Police were called to the P.C. Richards store around 6:15 p.m. on Friday regarding suspected fraudulent credit card use. When police arrived they found Pimentel and Brod using a fake I.D. and a credit card that was not theirs. When the vehicle Pimentel and Brod were using was searched, police found 20 additional fraudulent credit cards, $1,800 worth of goods, including gift cards, from Home Depot, and approximately $7,000 worth of goods from a Cellular Sales store in the Enfield Square mall. Sferrazza said that police then used receipts to trace Pimentel and Brod back to a hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Windsor Locks, where they found 62 fraudulent credit cards.

Fry's Electronics targeted by 1 serial shoplifter, hitting 5 times
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a serial shoplifter who has stolen more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from a Fry's Electronics since December. On four occasions, the suspect has stolen merchandise from the front of the Fry's at 600 E. Hamilton Ave. and fled to a waiting vehicle in the parking lot, according to Campbell police. A fifth attempt failed when he was confronted by a loss prevention officer.

Juneau, Alaska: Police seek man who stole armful of merchandise from Nugget Alaskan Outfitter

Hazel Township, PA: Man arrested stealing 17 boxes of Ammunition from Dunham's Sporting Goods

Willoughby, OH: Two plead guilty to stealing $1,100 in merchandise from Lowe's

Robert Eugene Hudson III, 40, of Lapeer, Michigan, pleaded guilty as a habitual offender to organized retail crime

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