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New York, NY: Saks Fifth Avenue employee used Store Credit Cards To Steal $68K in merchandise
Queens resident Shuya Xia, 25, started working at Saks' flagship at the end of March. On June 29, a surveillance camera at the store captured Xia using a computer to open three Saks Fifth Avenue credit card accounts in three different people's names. Then, on July 2 and July 3, Xia opened two more store credit card accounts using the names of two others. Between June 29 and July 3, the employee used the cards to buy more than $50,000 worth of merchandise from the store. In total, she bought about $68,000 in items with the cards. Xia was arrested on July 25 after Saks Fifth Avenue's Loss Prevention staff discovered she'd opened the credit card accounts and used the cards to purchase the merchandise. She was charged with two counts of grand larceny, one count of identity theft and one count of unlawful possession of personal identification information.

San Antonio, TX: Delivery man charged with stealing, selling $50,000 of cigarettes
Police arrested a man on charges he stole large lots of cigarettes from convenient stores and sold them to other stores. According to the San Antonio Police Department, the suspect, identified as David Morales, 47, worked as a delivery person for a local newspaper. Investigators say several stores along his regular route, about 8 to 10, were burglarized and cigarettes were taken. Detectives believe Morales broke into the stores and sold the stolen products at a discount to other businesses, which later sold them. In all, Morales is accused of stealing between $40,000 and $50,000 worth of cigarettes. He faces felony charges of organized retail theft.

Modesto, CA: Card Shop Owner busted for 'facilitating the thefts' of over $1,000 in wine from a local grocery store
A north Modesto business owner faces charges of possession of stolen property and conspiracy related to the theft of more than $1,000 in high-value wine from a grocery store. Gregory Pringle Lambert was arrested July 22 after an investigation of several months indicated he was "facilitating the thefts." A search of his Standiford Avenue business, California Card Shark, also turned up stolen property.

Wellington, FL: Women's shoplifting plans go amiss, $3,000 in clothing left behind at The Mall at Wellington Green
A Loss Prevention officer saw four women select merchandise in a store, take it to the back of the store and stuff the items into purses and shopping bags. Deputies and security officers stationed themselves by the exits to await the shoplifters. Two of the women apparently left their companions, either to act as scouts or to retrieve the getaway vehicle. The other two women, sensing something was amiss with their shoplifting plan, dumped the merchandise out of their bags and purses and stashed it under clothing racks and displays. They were detained by deputies as they exited the store. The women admitted they were going to steal clothing, but they didn't have any merchandise in their possession. Although the store declined to issue the two trespass warnings, the mall security prohibited them from the premises for a year. The items the woman had planned to take were recovered and totaled more than $3,000.

Chillicothe, OH: Woman found with more than $1,000 in stolen items
A woman is facing two counts of theft after she admitted to stealing from several stores. Chillicothe Police were called Monday by Ulta Beauty referencing a shoplifter. Officers found the vehicle the suspect was believed to be in after it was pointed out by store employees and conducted a search of the vehicle. Inside a trash bag, officers found six items of make up, eight Yeti coolers, a hammock, an Under Armor jacket, and 15 Under Armor t-shirts totaling $1,030.71 in merchandise. Two chargers and three pairs of jeans were also found in the bag. Sherry J. Cook, 44, admitted to stealing the items from various stores including Ulta Beauty, Dick's Sporting Goods, Rural King and others in West Virginia. Officers also found several syringes.

Harris Teeter LP nabs persistent Nicorette gums thieves
Tiffany Starnes was arrested with $300 of Nicorette nicotine gum in her bag on Aug. 2. Starnes was observed shoplifting the day prior, Loss Prevention was able to recover $400 in merchandise as she and a male suspect fled the store.

Glendale, AZ: Man arrested for $500 cologne theft from Boston store

Salem, IL: Two men arrested at Walmart with 'large amount of unpaid merchandise', bond set at $50,000

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