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Bethlehem, GA: Publix employee charged in $14,000 theft
A man who worked at the Publix supermarket in the Barrow County community of Bethlehem is charged with stealing almost $14,000 from the store over the past seven months. Brandon Lee Smith worked as the customer service manager, stole the money in 52 different transactions in amounts never exceeding $400.

Three Men Arrested for Stealing 1,100 Tahoe Ski Passes
Three men from the Reno-Tahoe area have been arrested for stealing 1,100 ski pass vouchers from Heavenly Mountain Resort. The passes are valued at $120 a piece with the total value somewhere around $116,520.

Gastonia, NC: Target shoplifter flees police, chase ends with one killed in a crash
Debbie Patterson died Saturday while riding in a car that wrecked while being wildly driven by a man who police say they were trying to stop because he was suspected of stealing $1,138 worth of items from Target in Gastonia. Police said Patterson's role in the larceny remains under investigation. Her daughter, Angela Short, said her 62-year-old mother remained in the car during the theft and was not part of the heist of razor blades, teeth whiteners, and flea and tick medicine, among other items reportedly taken. Kirkland has eight convictions in Gaston and Lincoln counties since November 2000 on larceny or breaking and entering charges. He faces a total of eight charges in this case, including misdemeanor death by vehicle, reckless driving, larceny and fleeing to elude arrest.

Edmonds, WA: Two suspects wanted for hundreds in Foot Care products from Walgreens
Two women were caught on camera at a Walgreens stealing $800 worth of foot care products. Detectives think they're organized retail thieves who sell the stolen stuff. They entered the store separately. Detectives say they're so good at stealing it's tough to even see them do it, but they're escape wasn't so smooth - setting off the sensor alarms at the front doors - then darting to a car and driving away.

Two men stole from Walmart to get gift card
Two men face charges after police say they conspired to steal items from Walmart in hopes of returning them for a gift card. Joseph F. Thibeault was charged with shoplifting and Arnold W. Carver was arraigned on a conspiracy charge. The loss prevention officer said his assistant manager saw Thibeault place $174.12 worth of merchandise into Walmart bags Carver supplied. Vitale reports Thibeault told him Craver selected items and placed them in a shopping cart, intending for Thibeault to return the items at the service desk and get a gift card.

Lehigh Valley, PA: Shoplifting scheme yields 29 packets of heroin
Justine S. Graci, 21, at noon Saturday entered the Wal-Mart in Lower Nazareth Township and took a television off the shelf, police said. Graci then allegedly brought the TV to the customer service desk and attempted to return it for a store gift card. Police were familiar with Graci; he is accused of performing the same scheme with an air conditioning unit on Tuesday. Officers arrested Graci and searched him finding 29 packets of heroin and a small bag of cocaine in his possession. He is charged with theft, possession of a controlled substance, criminal attempt of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

El Paso, TX: Police looking for man who stole 16 bottles of Body wash from Dollar General

Merrill, WI: UPC Switcher Arrested; self check out and priced Pet Food and Diapers under 50 cents

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