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(UPDATE) Dubuque, IA: Federal Charge in 40 stores, 5 State
Shoplifting Conspiracy

Four people accused of stealing from a Dubuque business face a federal charge of being part of a shoplifting ring that stole nearly $50,000 in merchandise from almost 40 stores in five states. The four suspects all of Chicago, were indicted May 26 on a federal charge of conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce. As a result of the indictment, Iowa District Court Judge Michael Shubatt on Tuesday dismissed second- degree theft charges filed against the four in Dubuque County. Court documents state Lawrence, West, Hall and Ware went into Lowe's Home Improvement, on March 19 and shoplifted about $2,500 worth of items from the store. A fifth person, Devin Dawson, also was indicted on the federal charge. Dawson was not named as a participant in the Dubuque theft. Federal court documents state the five conspired to steal from 38 home improvement stores in Iowa Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The thefts took place from Feb. 5 to May 19.

Cressona, PA: Lottery winners - Store employees charged in theft of
over $175,000
Used to buy winning $1M Lotto Ticket

Pennsylvania police say a couple who helped steal more than $175,000 from a grocery store where they worked used that money to buy a winning $1 million lottery ticket from the same store. Police charged 51-year-old Joan Lechleitner, her fiancé, 54-year-old Kerry Titus, and two others with stealing from the Agway store in Cressona. Police say they rang up bogus returns and pocketed the money from May 2011 until March 2016. Police say some stolen money was used to buy lottery tickets, including the Cash 5 ticket worth more than $1 million on Sept. 11. Lottery officials say four winners split the prize, with Lechleitner winning $261,905.

Colorado Springs, CO: Woman 'addicted to shoplifting' sentenced to 4 years in prison; stole over $600,000 in jewelry
A $600,000 jewelry theft in Colorado Springs led police to an unlikely culprit: a 67-year-old woman with an out-of-control shoplifting habit. An El Paso County judge Wednesday sentenced Patricia Cruz Eck to four years in prison after a plea for leniency by her attorney, who said Eck's longtime struggles with mental illness include a recent diagnosis of kleptomania. She successfully lobbied for the lightest prison sentence available for what she called the "confounding" case of a woman who is addicted to thieving. Eck, of Colorado Springs, averted a trial by pleading guilty in April.

Upper Arlington, OH: Three women arrested for stealing $3,300 in
eyeglass frames

Upper Arlington police nabbed three suspects last week who are accused of trying to steal $3,300 worth of merchandise from a local eye services store. Three Columbus women, ages 37, 22 and 20, were charged with shoplifting and failure to comply with a no-trespass order May 24 after they allegedly attempted to steal 13 pairs of eyeglass frames from a store in the 1500 block of West Lane Avenue.

Brighton, MI: One of 5 suspects in a Theft Ring entered
a plea deal

Angelina Hope Bonasera, 21, of Ypsilanti, pleaded guilty to first-degree retail fraud and resisting police while two counts of resisting police were dismissed under the plea deal. Green Oak Township police said the five suspects, including Bonasera, were seen near the Kohl's at around 11 a.m. April 19. Their behavior drew the attention of police, who pursued the suspects when they allegedly stole an abundance of clothing and jewelry, which police later located in the abandoned vehicle that they also learned had been stolen. Haley, McMullen and DeJesus have each been charged with first-degree retail fraud and resisting police.

Memphis, TN: Additional charges filed on Best Buy Drone Thief; now tied to additional Burglaries
31-year-old Andrew Kim faces additional charges in a burglary and vandalism last month at Best Buy, in Memphis. The General Manager told officers that on May 1, an unknown person pried open the Best Buy store's rear door, smashed a display case and stole a DJI drone valued at $900. Damage to the store totaled $600. A Shelby County Detective learned May 16 that Andrew Kim had been arrested in Jackson on charges of burglarizing multiple businesses. Kim also faces burglary, theft and vandalism charges in an April 22 break-in at Coffman's Furniture and Appliances as well as a Jan. 5 break-in at Outdoors Inc.


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