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Riverside, CA: Plea deal in Ralphs Distribution Center theft;
ordered to pay $56,000 in Restitution

A Colton man who joined two friends in stealing goods from a Ralphs distribution center in Riverside and selling them on the Internet pleaded guilty today to theft and was immediately sentenced to three years probation. Just as his trial was about to begin, Charles Jeffrey Cherry reached a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, admitting a misdemeanor theft charge. In exchange, prosecutors dropped felony charges of grand theft and conspiracy. According to Riverside police, the Ralphs grocery chain initiated an internal investigation in June 2014 after documenting instances in which food and other goods had been removed from the company's Riverside distribution center. The men used an Internet portal to sell products, at one point racking up $80,000 in sales, investigators said.

Youngstown, OH: Men's Wearhouse Manager charged with $30,000 Grand Theft
A store official contacted police after an investigation reportedly found Samuel Strine, 30, of Youngstown, had taken about $30,000 from the store the past two years. The store's Loss Prevention Manager, Dion Spencer, conducted the investigation after discovering Strine reportedly making fraudulent transactions through large return amounts made to the store, some made after hours.

Twin Falls, ID: Home Depot employee busted in $3,000 for theft of cash and merchandise
Richi T. Rojas, 21, was arranged in court Wednesday after have been served a warrant on Thursday. On Oct. 10, a Twin Falls Police officer was dispatch to Home Depot for a reported theft. The store's system had flagged suspicious transactions. The store's loss prevention personnel located surveillance footage and instances were transaction information had allegedly been falsified by Rojas. Loss Prevention personnel interviewed Rojas, he admitted to stealing more than $3,000 in cash and merchandise, by means of returning products for cash or store credit.

Mount Airy, MD: Maryland couple arrested for $1,000 Cooper Wire theft from Ace Hardware
A man and woman are being held on $50,000 bond after they were arrested in connection with a series of store thefts. Angela Marie King and Thomas Leo Hurley Jr., 35 were charged Wednesday with one count of conspiracy of theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000. Between the two visits to the store, King stole nine rolls of copper wire with a total value of $863.44 and two rolls of bare copper with a total value of $389.98.

Lexington Park, MD: Two charged with theft over $1000 at Kohl's

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