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Clarksville, TN: Fencing Operation: Five store owners charged with theft, money laundering
Five individuals were arrested Tuesday, June 12 in Clarksville on money laundering and theft charges. Separate arrest warrants for each suspect list them as owners/operators of five different businesses in Clarksville. Over $10,000 of stolen property was allegedly purchased by these business owners on multiple dates over the past few months.

Castleton, IN: Smash-and-grab robbers hit Gander Mountain for guns
Thieves rammed a pick-up truck through a door and made off with 10 guns from Gander Mountain in Castleton early Tuesday. The suspects smashed a pick up through a rear overhead door and stole rifles and shotguns from the sporting goods shortly before 3 a.m. The suspects took eight long guns and two shotguns. They fled in the vehicle, which should have heavy front-end damage.

Troy, MI: Second Smash & Grab hits Somerset Mall in a month; one suspect in custody, others at large
Troy police are investigating after a smash-and-grab robbery at Saks Fifth Avenue reported Sunday ended with one suspect in custody and at least two others on the loose. Authorities report that sometime around 6 p.m. Sunday, at least two suspects broke into the Saks Fifth Avenue store and left the mall in two separate cars. Authorities did not immediately share what, if anything, was stolen from the retailer. Two police pursuits ensued, with the suspects driving in different directions, according to Police. An Oakland County Sheriff's Office tracking dog unit was called to search for at least two suspects who abandoned the car after the collision, but officers were unable to find them. Later, one of the suspects was arrested. Troy officials say they are looking for at least two additional suspects in the incident, and possibly more. No other injuries were reported. Detectives are now looking at store surveillance footage and are expected to release stills within the next few days of other possible suspects in the Saks Fifth Avenue incident, authorities say. The recent robbery is the second smash-and-grab in a month at a high-end Somerset retailer.

Shiloh, IL: Washington Park man charged in multiple theft from multiple Target locations in St Clair County
The St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office charged Donavon D. Brady on Thursday with two felony counts of retail theft over $300. Shiloh police said Brady was in custody at the county jail on a state-issued warrant at the time he was charged. In a news release, the Shiloh Police Department said it received a theft report on July 3 at Target. Brady was also identified as a suspect in a previous theft from the same Target location on April 25. Brady has had multiple prior charges for retail theft in the metro-east, including alleged thefts as recent as 2016 and dating back to 2014 in Fairview Heights, Cahokia and Belleville.

Lee, MA: Man busted with 42 stolen items from True Value Hardware
A Great Barrington man is facing charges for allegedly stealing about $800 worth of items from Carr Hardware over the weekend. Joshua Johnston, 24, was arrested about 3:18 a.m. Saturday after Police noticed suspicious activity at the rear of the store at the south end of Main Street. Police stopped Johnston as he was leaving the parking lot and found a large amount of stolen property - 42 items in all - in his vehicle. Johnston is facing one count each of breaking and entering into a building at night, a felony, wanton destruction of property, receiving stolen property and larceny over $250.

South Strabane Township, PA: Man charged in $900 theft from Lowe's
and $200 hit at Walmart

Steven R. Parsons, 32, of North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, was charged with two counts each of retail theft and theft by deception stemming from separate incidents at two stores. He is accused of stealing items from Walmart June 25 and returning the merchandise for a $200 gift card. On July 6, he allegedly stole two power washers valued at $994 from Lowe's, Strabane Square. Police said he walked to customer service and returned the items in exchange for a gift card.

Salem, NH: Two men arrested on ORC Charges relating to Kohl's thefts
Bryan M. Brunelle, 34, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. on June 4, 2016, for organized retail crime enterprise and receiving stolen property (less than $1,000). Also arrested was Timothy M. Smith, 35, was charged with organized retail crime enterprise. They were arrested after allegedly shoplifting items from Kohl's on Cluff Crossing Road.

Racine, WI: Walmart Vacuum Cleaner thief busted; want for thefts in Illinois and Wisconsin
Anthony Jett went into Wal-Mart, with a small female child in a stroller on Jan. 12. Jett allegedly placed a Dyson V6 Slim handheld vacuum cleaner into the back of the stroller and passed the checkout lines. At the door, Jett was stopped by the greeter who asked him about the vacuum. Jett then gave the vacuum to the greeter and then left the Wal-Mart. The value of the vacuum was $279. The officer investigating the case was informed that the Vernon Hills Police Department in Lake County, Ill., had a suspect who was doing the same type of retail thefts. After comparing a photo from the Mount Pleasant Wal-Mart theft, Jett was identified as the suspect in the Illinois case. Jett also has similar cases in Kenosha County.

Joplin, MO: Three sought in Sears shoplifting at Northpark Mall;
suspects pull stun gun

Police have been seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating three people involved in a shoplifting incident Sunday at the Sears store in Northpark Mall. Two men and a woman allegedly left the store without paying for about $600 worth of baby clothing and other items. When a store employee tried to stop them outside the business, one of the trio kept the employee at bay with a stun gun.

UK: London: Portuguese crime gang stole $65,000 of designer clothes in raids on Oxford Street shops
A Portuguese Crime Gang involving up to 50 people stole almost $65,000 in designer clothes by "swarming" high street stores. The group, dressed all in black, raided a series of luxury brand name stores near London's Oxford Street in under an hour during the Boxing Day sales. They got away with $2,600 worth of jeans from Levi's, $6,500 from G-Star Raw and $53,000 worth of 'black label' items from Ralph Lauren. Between each event you regrouped and then executed the next raid in a calculated way.

Waterford, CT: Man wanted for theft of $900 worth of jeans from Sears

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