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Perkins Township, OH: Police and Retailers team up to bust store owners in $20,000 shoplifting scheme fueling heroin epidemic
Perkins Township served three search warrants on Thursday in a shoplifting scheme they say was helping fuel the area's heroin problem. The detective bureau started investigating Double E's Buy and Sell five months ago. Perkins Township police said the owners, Eric Petrick and Emmanuel Harvey, knowingly bought stolen merchandise to sell on eBay from shoplifters knows as boosters. "We found through the investigation that this business not only was involved in the buying and selling of stolen merchandise but through one aspect of the enterprise was helping to fuel the heroin epidemic in our area for these boosters," police said in a news release on Thursday. "Most of the known boosters are or have been addicted to the drug and this group enables these people to obtain cash to support their addiction." Boosters targets Dick's Sporting Good, JCPenney, Kroger, Walmart, Home Depot, Sears, Target and Meijer. According to police, the group fenced stolen items worth seven figures over the last three years. One store lost $20,000 in merchandise over just four months.

Nashville, TN: Fencing Operation - First Stop Market Raided as Part of Stolen Property Investigation
A three-month investigation into The First Stop Market's alleged dealings with stolen merchandise resulted in today's police department raid on the business and the seizure of beer, energy drinks, detergent, and cigarettes. Beginning in March, Pawn & Fraud Unit detectives investigated the market, located at 508 Old Hickory Boulevard. The market's owner operator, Ashraf Ibrahem, 50, is alleged to have purchased merchandise on three separate occasions from a police operative who clearly represented the items as being stolen. Ibrahem paid the operative about a third of what the merchandise was actually worth. Kroger Organized Retail Crime personnel assisted in this investigation.

Lebanon, PA: Fencing Operation shut down, Reduced sentenced for cooperation, dropping Organized Retail Theft charge
The last person sentenced in the JT's Buy and Sell saga has been credited with stepping forward to help police close down the illegal enterprise. Judge Bradford H. Charles sentenced Dwaine N. Wike, 39, on Wednesday to intermediate punishment (probation) for 23 months and ordered him to pay fines of $200 and restitution of $5,732 for receiving stolen property and conspiracy. He will serve the first five months of his probation under house arrest. In return for his cooperation in the investigation, prosecutors withdrew charges of corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, violating the Pawnbrokers License Act by not having a pawnbroker's license, organized retail theft and conspiracy for persons not to possess firearms.

Pacifica, CA: East Bay women arrested in theft of large amount of baby formula
Two women were arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly stealing a large amount of baby formula from a store in Pacifica. Police said officers responded at 4:56 p.m. to the Linda Mar Safeway lon reports of a theft. An employee told officers that two women left the store in a white Dodge Caravan with a large amount of stolen baby formula, heading north on Highway 1. Officers located the vehicle a short distance away and conducted a traffic stop. The store employee was able to positively identify the women in the burglary, and evidence from the vehicle suggested the two were involved in a large-scale theft ring throughout the Bay Area. Akasia Palmore, 21, of Rodeo and Zanae Jones, 21, of Antioch were arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of burglary, criminal conspiracy and providing a false name to a police officer. The women were also booked on several out of county warrants for theft.

Related Story: Akasia Palmore was arrested on Mother's Day in connection to the theft of $11,000 in Sonoma County, stealing from at least seven pharmacies and grocery stores, according to Santa Rosa police

Portage, IN: CVS Pharmacy Employee arrested in $5,700 theft
CVS employee was arrested Wednesday night and charged with stealing $5,713 of medication over a three-year period. Tammie Armstrong, 57, of Portage, was charged with felony theft. Police were called to CVS Wednesday evening. The Loss Prevention officer at the store said they had been investigating Armstrong regarding the theft of medication from January 2013 to the present. The Loss Prevention officer told police Armstrong had been removing tablets of Phentermine from the store, in all, the 3,717 missing tablets were valued at $5,713.

Daytona Beach, FL: Man sought in theft of $3000 in eyewear frames from Volusia Mall Lenscrafters
Investigators are looking for a man they say entered the LenCrafters store at the mall and made off with 11 pairs of sunglasses worth over $3,000. The theft occurred earlier this month on May 13 just after 8 p.m. at the Volusia Mall store.


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