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Los Angeles, CA: 2 Arrested In Theft of $50K worth of Baby Formula
Two brothers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $50,000 in baby formula from warehouses in Los Angeles, police said Tuesday. Joe Lopez, 27, and Nick Lopez, 22, were arrested on June 30 in connection with the large-scale thefts of baby formula believed to be connected to organized retail crime, Los Angeles police said in a statement. The thefts from the warehouse totaled over $50,000 in a six-week period. Investigators had looking into the thefts discovered a warehouse security guard, who had been contracted through a private company, had allowed a second suspect to enter the facility after business hours and removed large amounts of baby formula.

Indianapolis, IN: Security video shows thief stealing 200 pairs of panties from Gap
The Indianapolis Metro Police are working to track down a thief who stole 200 pairs of ladies underwear (total value of $2,000) from the Gap in The Fashion Mall at Keystone.

Roanoke County Police investigating Organized Cell Phone Theft Ring
Masked burglars are stealing electronics from stores up and down the Interstate 81 corridor and the Roanoke County Police Department is asking for your help to put it to an end. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of phones and tablets have gone missing and there are few leads because there's so little evidence left behind.

Scranton, PA: Feds charge 2 men with theft of 48 firearms from gun store and Heroin trafficking
Two men were charged Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court. Signed guilty pleas agreements also were filed. One man is accused of stealing 48 firearms from Fulmer's Sporting Goods on May 24, 2015. His accomplice is accused of transporting 47 of the stolen firearms into New York between May 26 and June 15, 2015, the day of their arrest. Both have remained in custody since then.

Update: Dayton, OH: Pawn Shop/ Fencing Operation suspects head to trial
A Montgomery County jury heard opening statements Tuesday in the trial of the owners of the Moraine City Pawn shop, who are accused of accepting stolen merchandise from drug addicts at the shop. Jeff Rich and his wife Lisa, who own the shop are charged with receiving stolen property, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and money laundering. At their shop was stolen property from "CVS, Bass Pro Shops and other places throughout southwest Ohio. Police investigated the shop for 18 months before raiding it in July 2014 and arresting Jeff Rich.

Spartanburg County, SC: Man caught on camera stealing $2,500 in Ray-Ban glasses from Walmart
The man was caught on camera at the Dorman Centre Walmart. A loss prevention officer said the manager of the Vision Center notified him that 17 pairs of Ray-Ban glasses were missing.

Chicopee, MA: 2 tried to steal over $2,000 in power tools from Home Depot; man's 11th shoplifting arrest
Chicopee Police said Asset Protection from Home Depot had been had been conducting surveillance on an alleged suspect known to have shoplifted at their store. They were able to stop him, John Duncan and Jennifer Matlasz. After officers spoke with store security, they learned that the two suspects had allegedly attempted to hide over $2,225 of power tools, and leave the store.

Minneapolis, MN: Sports Authority 'Grab and Run' thief charged with felonies
at multiple stores

A man has been charged with robbing multiple Sport Authority stores around the metro area. Conan Hernandez faces two counts of theft, with one being with a prior conviction. Both are felonies. The theft at a Sports Authority store in Burnsville was over $600 in merchandise.

Sacramento, CA: Kohl's 'petty thief', tied to thefts at 4 area stores,
to remain in jail

Jaytwon Ross, appeared Tuesday in Solano Superior Court facing burglary and conspiracy charges from a theft last month at Kohl's in Vacaville. Ross is one of six individuals allegedly involved in a burglary ring hitting Kohl's stores in Citrus Heights, Stockton, Sacramento and Vacaville.

Johns Creek, GA: Target arrests 2 felony shoplifters within minutes
Two men were arrested July 27 for felony shoplifting at Target. Police were called to arrest a man who stole over $500 of merchandise. While that man was being arrested, another man was seen abandoning a cart near the entrance, the cart had $900 worth of unpaid-for Nicorette gum in it.

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