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UPDATE: San Diego, CA: 4 suspects arrested in shoplifting ring; Two accused of stealing more than $700,000 in merchandise
Four suspects have been arrested in a high-end shoplifting ring operating in San Diego County, Las Vegas and Scottsdale, Arizona, sheriff's officials said. Authorities say Lorena Ramirez, 43, and Zakharias Karasoulas, 51, led the operation, stealing more than $700,000 in merchandise since 2011 from stores such as Abercombie and Fitch, Hollister, Victora's Secret and Gap. Ramirez's boyfriend, Mario Espinoza, 42, and Karasoulas' relative, Dion Karasoulas, also were arrested after authorities served simultaneous search warrants at the four suspects' respective homes in South San Diego, Chula Vista and the Lake Elisnore area on Wednesday. In San Diego County, the thefts occurred during business hours in malls including Fashion Valley, Westfield Plaza Bonita and Otay Ranch Town Center, sheriff's Detective Rene Kirchhoefre said. Authorities seized more than $12,000 in new and tagged retail merchandise while serving the warrants.

Louisville, KY: Arrest made in theft of nearly $44,000 in meat
A man has been arrested in the theft of nearly $44,000 worth of meat from J.B. Swift Co. in Louisville. Media outlets report an arrest citation released Thursday says 54-year-oldPrevin Sanford is accused of stealing nine pallets of meat on April 23. Court records say a co-defendant, 52-year-old Michael Sheffield, was arrested April 29. Police said a surveillance video showed a moving truck backing up to the loading dock. The pallets were loaded into the back of the truck and driven away. The citation said the owner of the slaughterhouse later found the meat at a grocery store.

A Man Disguised As An Apple Employee Was Able To Steal
over $16,000 in merchandise

A man in New York last week was able to pull off an iPhone heist of epic proportions all because he donned the uniform of a Genius. A man wearing a replica Apple employee uniform was able to filch 19 iPhones from the SoHo location in New York on June 1st by taking the phones out of drawers and bringing them back to a repair room. The pseudo Apple employee allegedly handed off the hot phones to an accomplice who hid them under their shirt. How they were able to hide 19 iPhones under their shirt without someone mentioning something I have no idea, but the thieves ended up getting away with merchandise totaling over $16,000.

McLennan County, TX: Eleven indicted in $67,000 H-E-B check fraud ring
The McLennan County Sheriff's Office reports 11 people were indicted Wednesday in a counterfeit check scheme that is being prosecuted in Woodway, but may have ties to stores as far south as San Antonio. The incident occurred at an H-E-B Plus! In Waco. The suspects allegedly cashed at least 10 checks totaling $67,000. Those checks were believed to be fraudulent. The suspects in this scheme target Walmart and H-E-B locations along Interstate 35. Some of the people involved in the scheme may cash out as many as 30 fraudulent checks a day.

UPDATE: Kansas City, MO: High End Eyewear the target of Burglars
Thieves were on the look out for high-end eyewear at Optical Innovations. Security cameras caught this smash and grab burglary in Kansas City. Two brazen thieves broke into the eyeglass store smashing glass display cases and stealing 200 pairs of glasses. It took them less than 90 seconds to get in, grab all they can and get away. But they weren't grabbing just any glasses, they were going after high-end glasses.

Burbank, CA: Police Seek 'Burberry Bandit' Suspected In Theft Of $40,000 In Goods And Cash
Burbank police are on the trail of a woman they're calling the "Burberry Bandit." Police say she used identity theft to open fraudulent lines of credit, then made off with over $12,000 worth of merchandise and $30,000 in cash. The goods included two Burberry handbags and wallets, along with Apple electronics. The woman used fraudulent credit lines to purchase items at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, the La CaƱada Sport Chalet, and Bloomingdale's stores in Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa during a five-day shopping spree.


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