card theft bust earns Volusia sheriff's investigator state award
Volusia sheriff's investigator Jayson Paul got a gift card racketeering case
in April 2015 and thought it would be another case file to add to the pile
that greeted him at work every day.
He didn't immediately know that
it would be the largest retail theft investigation, dubbed Operation Plastic
Paradise, his agency has worked. Seven months later, the 39-year-old Paul
led a team of 40 deputies on morning raids arresting 23 people, serving five
search warrants and six bank seizure warrants. Paul and his team toppled a
father and son gift card theft ring that made $2 million in nine months.
Paul's work caught the attention of the Florida Retail Federation. The
organization chose Paul as its 2016 Florida Retail Federation Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year and will present him with the award and a
$3,000 cash prize later this month. This is Paul's second prize from
Operation Plastic Paradise: It also earned him the Sheriff's Office 2015
Investigator of the Year Award.
IN: 3 arrested, 1 at large after Best Buy Burglary
Three Detroit men were taken into custody and a fourth person is on the
loose after Noblesville police say they burglarized a Best Buy store. Police
were called to Best Buy at 17200 Mercantile Boulevard around 3:15 a.m. in
response to a security alarm. Upon arrival, officers reported hearing voices
around the building. As they were investigating, a vehicle sped away with no
lights on. After a five-minute police pursuit, the suspects' vehicle crashed
near the intersection of Greenfield Avenue and Boden Road. Four men ran from
the crashed vehicle. With the help of a K-9 unit, officers tracked down
three of the men. As of Sunday evening, a fourth suspect remained at large.
Hopkins, MN: Police Investigating String Of Twin Cities Bike Shop Thefts
Police are on the lookout for thieves who have broken into at least four
bike shops in the Twin Cities in the last couple of weeks. The most recent
theft happened Saturday morning at Jonny Rock Bikes on Excelsior Boulevard
in Hopkins. Minks says about $10,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from
his bike shop after thieves disabled his security system.
Delaware Troopers seek
alleged shoplifter from Justice store in Concord Mall
Wilmington woman who allegedly shoplifted clothes from a Concord Mall store
is still at large. Someone saw Lisa Smith take 300 dollars' worth of
clothing from the Justice Store Saturday night, Delaware State Police said.
A trooper working in the mall arrived just in time to see Smith running out
of the store--he gave chase, ordering her to stop, but Smith got into a
black Infiniti FX3 and drove away, narrowly missing the trooper as he tried
to open the vehicle's doors. Warrants are out charging Smith with
shoplifting, resisting arrest and reckless endangering.
Thieves wanted in allergy-med heists at 3
Staten Island CVS stores
searching Monday for two individuals linked to a shoplifting pattern in
Staten Island. The pair stole a large amount of over-the-counter allergy and
cold medications from three CVS locations on three separate occasions,
police said. The first CVS the pair stole from on May 22 is located at 778A
Manor Road near the Castleton Corners section of Staten Island. The second
CVS is located at 1361 Hylan Blvd. in the Dongan Hills neighborhood. The
pair stole from this location on June 7. The last CVS the pair hit on June
28 is located at 250 Page Ave. in the Tottenville section of Staten Island.
Louisville, KY: Three busted for $1,100
Lawn Mower theft from Lowes