Conneaut, OH: Four Ohio men
indicted in $600,000 theft from HD Supply
Ohio men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise
from a California business over a three-year period were indicted this week. The
men were arrested March 16 in Conneaut moments after they took possession of a
truck load of items delivered from an Atlanta business. The indictments, issued
Tuesday, were related to the "theft of various and substantial household
supplies" from HD Supply Facilities Maintenance Ltd., of San Diego, CA. The
crimes occurred between Jan. 15, 2013 and March 16, 2016. Charges include:
Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; telecommunications fraud (estimated
at $220,873); passing bad checks (estimated at $221,566); grand theft (estimated
$131,929 in stolen property); and attempted grand theft (estimated $64,218 in
property). All were arrested moments after a truck carrying furnaces, air
conditioners and similar goods was unloaded into a storage unit and truck parked
at the storage facility- as police and FBI agents watched from across the
street. Police learned the store had filled several "large orders" placed
between 2013-2015 by Ashtabula, OH -based businesses the store later learned did
Salem, OR: Salem police,
with the assistance of a region retail theft prevention coalition, arrested 2
people for unlawful racketeering
Salem Police Lt.
Steve Birr said Michael Rascon and his wife, Maria Rojas, were arrested on
Thursday morning after detectives executed a search warrant. A large amount of
new retail items still in their original packaging was located at the residence.
Rascon and Rojas will be charged with unlawful racketeering, money laundering,
organized retail theft, and first-degree theft by deception. Investigators with
Safeway/Albertsons, Fred Meyer and Target collaborated as part of the Northwest
Organized Retail Crime Alliance to build the case against them. The Northwest
Organized Retail Crime Alliance investigators conducted an undercover mission
and made seven separate purchases totaling a little over $11,000 from the couple
with a retail value of more than $37,000, Birr said.
Arlington Height, IL:
Northbrook man pleads guilty to retail theft;
Police seize $65,000 in
A 22-year-old Northbrook man arrested
as part of a retail theft ring that targeted the suburbs has pleaded guilty.
Zvanko Dobobrov was sentenced to two years' probation. They were arrested after
a four-month investigation led by Arlington Heights police. The Cook County
state's attorney's Regional Organized Crime Task Force along with police
departments from Bloomingdale, Downers Grove, Gurnee, Niles, Northbrook,
Schaumburg and Vernon Hills were also involved. Authorities say ring members
distracted the retailers' loss prevention officers to steal items, which they
then sold through an online auction site. During searches in February 2015,
police recovered $20,000 in stolen merchandise, a Mercedes-Benz, two firearms,
$45,000 in jewelry and $100,000 in cash.
New Orleans, LA: Designer
sunglasses taken in string of shoplifting reports
The NOPD said the Sunglass Hut store reported thefts April 22, April 23 and
April 25. Detectives said two men worked together to steal a pair of Prada
sunglasses from store on April 25 as well. One of the men allegedly acted as
lookout for the other. The NOPD also say a group of four women stole $900 worth
of sunglasses during the course of two days in late April.
Fort Smith, AR: Detectives
investigate theft of 55 items from Gelco Outdoors
Seven bow stabilizers, three cameras and two headlamps were among some of
the 55 items reported stolen.
Bedford, MA: Women accused of shoplifting a
$2,000 Fendi bag from TJ Maxx