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Austin, TX: Police charge man with theft of more than $65k worth of Magic cards
Austin police have arrested a man accused of stealing more than $65,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards from a North Austin store that specializes in the game. Detective Christophe Wood tracked many of the cards through a tip from a web site that buys and sells Magic cards. According to the arrest warrant, that site's owners grew suspicious when someone tried to sell it 91 extremely rare cards. Wood tracked the transaction to a suspect identified as 28-year-old Yan Carlos Dominguez-Ugarte, the warrant said. A search of his house turned up 197 cards that police think were stolen, according to the warrant.

Orlando, FL: JCPenney employee took 99.45% discount on jewelry JCPenney employee Jessy Bonenfant, 25, is accused of giving himself a 99.45 percent reduction on 15 pieces of jewelry he ordered from the store at Orlando Fashion Square last week. The total for the catalog order should have been $21,832.58. But Bonenfant paid $120, Orlando police said. When confronted by police, the associate cashier admitted committing that theft and another involving jewelry, both on May 4.

Rehoboth, DE: Two facing 83 counts for Shoplifting, hit same store for 3 months
Master Cpl. Gary Fournier says 53-year-old David B. Sankey and 60-year-old Diana Sankey would go into the supermarket and hide items such as meats and hygiene products on themselves, before paying for other items in their shopping cart at the checkout counter. The two were arrested on Sunday and charged with 83 counts of shoplifting under $1,500 and 83 counts of conspiracy. Police say an investigation by the store's security officers revealed the pair shoplifted items with a total value over $790 during their numerous visits.

Fairfield, CA: Defense Attorney - Use Sale Prices Not Retail
Chrissy Phillips, 37, faces felony grand theft and commercial burglary charges for a Dec. 15, 2015, incident at the Kohl's in Vacaville when she and Simmie Shelton - the man police call the Kohl's Bandit - allegedly stole $1,098 worth of Nike shoes, Nike sweatsuits, hair straightener and Rachael Ray cooking pans. Defense attorney Thomas Healy argued during the preliminary hearing that calculating sale prices for the items meant they didn't reach the $950 threshold for a felony charge. "There are sales going on all the time," he said of Kohl's. He doesn't know anybody who pays regular prices, added Healy, who said a 15 percent discount would involve misdemeanor charges for Phillips. Solano County Superior Court Judge E. Bradley Nelson decided otherwise. "You get the sale price if you pay," Nelson said.

Chesterfield, MO: Sunglass Hut and others hit by Serial Shoplifter
wearing Surgical Mask

A shoplifter wore a surgical mask each time he stole pairs of expensive sunglasses, Chesterfield police said. Surveillance video from early May shows the man enter the Sunglass Hut at St. Louis Premium Outlets in Chesterfield. "One of the employees asked if he could help him, and he mumbled something. They couldn't even understand what he said," Chesterfield Sgt. Keith Rider said. In under two minutes, the man grabbed several pairs of sunglasses and then walked out of the store, without being confronted by anyone. He even left the store wearing a pair of sunglasses. The man is believed to have pulled off a similar theft at the Clarkson Eyecare on Clarkson Road. Chesterfield Police report he stole from three stores in the same month.

Sonora, CA: Heroin bust and $1,500 Grand Theft Arrest At Sonora Walmart
The Sonora Police Department reports that 31-year-old Kayla Maxwell loaded up two carts with goods and pushed them out of the store. Maxwell gave officers a false name and claimed to have purchased the items. A review of surveillance video proved that Maxwell had stolen the items. The officers also found that Maxwell was in possession of 1.4 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Sheboygan, WI: Kohl's Jewelry thief arrested on multiple charges

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