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Whitfield County, GA: Two men steal 75 iPads in Dalton, GA
Two Whitfield County men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 75 iPad minis from a local retail display and design company. James Andrew Baker, 55, of 143 Yonah Way in Tunnel Hill, was charged with theft by taking and theft by deception for reportedly pilfering the tablets from the company. Robert Allen Lynch, 58, of 121 Bamboo Way in Cohutta, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property after he reportedly sold the iPad minis on eBay, Craigslist and at a booth at a local flea market. The tablets had built-in apps from an outside company and that company became aware of the thefts when people who bought the stolen tablets opened an app and it registered with the company's tracking software.


Princeton, NJ: Man sought in CVS shoplifting heist believed to be part of bigger East Coast Operation
A Brooklyn, New York man arrested in a string of shoplifting heists from CVS stores along the East Coast allegedly struck again at the CVS in Princeton two weeks ago. Ernesto Serrano, 34, on April 29 allegedly shoplifted about $5,000 worth of Nexium, Prilosec, Mucinex, Claritin, Flonase, Align and other medications. But he didn't actually leave the store with them. He allegedly hid the medication behind some toilet paper, so that an accomplice could come to the CVS later that day to put the "hidden" medication in a bag and leave with them, the complaint-warrant said. Police spokesman Lt. Jon Bucchere said Tuesday that the case is under investigation, and that Mr. Serrano has not been arrested. Mr. Serrano was caught shoplifting from CVS stores in Rhode Island and Connecticut, according to published media reports in those states. Back in 2009, for example, he and two others were charged with stealing over-the- counter-medication and other merchandise worth more than $13,000 from CVS stores in Connecticut.

Aventura, FL: Macy's employee accused of defrauding customers out of more than $7,000
According to an arrest report, Samantha Saint-Louis, 22, allowed her boyfriend, whom she identified as Michael Green, to come into the store several times beginning March 22 and buy gift cards and clothing using people's Macy's credit card account numbers without their consent. Police said each purchase ranged in price from $200 to $300 and were made using five customer's personal identification information. The total of all the transactions was about $7,200.

Barboursville, WV: Police seeking suspect in Ulta $1,000 theft
Barboursville police are searching for a woman they say was caught on camera taking merchandise from a store. The woman allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of makeup and perfume from Ulta, a beauty products store in the Huntington Mall complex, around 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23, according to police.

New Orleans: Shoplifters targeting Dove soap have made clean getaway so far
The NOPD is seeking the public's help in identifying three people who have been caught on surveillance camera lifting bars of Dove soap from a local drug store. The incidents have occurred on April 10 and May 10 at the Walgreen's pharmacy in the 4200 block of Chef Menteur. On April 10, just after 3 p.m., police said a suspect entered the store and walked to the soap aisle where he grabbed several packs of Dove soap from the shelf and walked out.

Tahlequah, OK: Shoplifters caught with $500 in merchandise
say they're fire victims

Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele said employees at Walmart watched as Chelsea Beaver, 20, and a 17-year-old female filled a bin with more than $500 worth of merchandise Saturday. They then took the bin through a self-checkout line, paid for the bin, and left without buying the hidden merchandise. Officers were awaiting the two when they left. Beaver allegedly told Keele they only tried to steal "because they had nothing due to their house burning down." Keele said he told Beaver there were "other avenues of help." No word if the story they told was true.

Melbourne, NZ: Stealing meat, bartering with bacon: It's a NZ thing too
Following word of growing meat thefts in Melbourne, reports nearly $10,000 worth of meat was stolen from grocery and specialty food stores in Auckland in April with tactics ranging from lamb legs stuffed down trousers to coordinated gang thefts with getaway vehicles. Statistics from crime prevention company Auror showed meat was the most stolen grocery item of the stores they monitored. In an attempted theft on April 15 a particularly persistent offender tried to nab $300 worth of lamb legs, chicken kebabs and other assorted meats over the course of three visits to an Auckland grocery store - all in one day. 

American Fork, UT: Shoplifters injured after 2 minute Police chase; smashed into Power Pole

Natick, MA: Shoplifter caught after his act of politeness; arrested after holding mall door open for police officer

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