Telephone Imposter Steals
$400,000 of Luxury Goods Gets 2 to 6 yrs prison
Diverting & Stealing Shipments of Clothes, Shoes,
Watches, and Other Goods
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing
of LAKISHA PETTUS, 41, to 2-to-6 years in prison for stealing designer
merchandise valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars by diverting shipments of
luxury goods to and from warehouses and stores. On July 20, 2016, the defendant
pleaded guilty in a New York State Supreme Court to two counts of Grand Larceny
in the Second Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and Criminal
Impersonation in the Second Degree.
As admitted in the defendant's guilty plea, between June and November 2015,
PETTUS placed more than 200 calls to a shipping company whose services were used
by multiple luxury goods companies, and falsely claimed to be an employee of the
luxury goods companies. The defendant typically placed the calls after hours and
at times when inquiries were generally handled by overseas customer service
centers. While impersonating an employee, PETTUS typically claimed that there
were issues with a particular shipment - such as a manifest error, a problematic
loading dock, or storefront construction - and requested that the affected
packages be held until a third-party courier was able to pick up and reship the
merchandise to various drop locations in the San Francisco area. PETTUS would
then intercept and acquire the merchandise.
Over the course of four months, PETTUS - using more than a dozen aliases and ten
different cell phone numbers - diverted and stole dozens of shipments of
high-end clothing, shoes, accessories, watches, and other goods valued at more
than $400,000 using variations of this scheme. Among other items, the defendant
stole Roberto Coin jewelry; dozens of Chanel suits, shoes, watches, wallets, and
handbags; and two Patek Phillipe watches - each valued at more than $20,000.
"This scheme demonstrates the ease with which cybercriminals can scam, cheat,
and disrupt commerce for their own financial gain," Manhattan District Attorney
Cyrus R. Vance said. "Hiding behind smartphones, personal computers, and
aliases, Lakisha Pettus deceived customer service representatives, orchestrated
fraudulent shipments. manhattanda.org
Woman caught on camera allegedly stealing $3,000
worth of clothing
A video has gone viral with more than 100,000 views on Facebook of a woman
allegedly stealing an armful of clothing. According to Little Rock police, the
woman in the pink dress is Erica Jordan. In the video Jordan is seen carrying
$3,000 worth of clothing from the Victoria's Secret in the Promenade at Chenal.
OK: CVS Pharmacy Tech steals $6,000 of Buprenorphine; steals Alprazolam to calm
her nerves over thefts
Chickasha police said they began their investigation after the pharmacy reported
a shortage of 3,300 tablets of a drug called Buprenorphine, which experts said
is a narcotic. Chantel Carroll had been working at CVS as a pharmacy technician
for eight years.
Carroll was confronted by a manager, she said she had been stealing the drugs.
She went on to say she had been changing the quantity of Buprenorphine when she
ordered more over the last year. She allegedly sold them to someone for $300 per
bottle. Carroll also admitted to stealing 100 Alprazolam pills for her own
consumption "to calm her nerves due to the situation."
Waxahachie, TX: Seven
arrested in Shooter's Edge Smash & Grab, charged with Organized Criminal
The number of arrests in connection with the Waxahachie gun store burglary last
month has grown to seven. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
and a Waxahachie detective tracked 17-year-old Quvjonzeo McCoy to Sacramento and
arrested him. He's facing charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and
theft of a firearm. On July 10, a group of teens were caught on video ramming a
pickup truck into Shooter's Edge gun store. The newspaper reported that 17 guns
were taken but only three handguns have been recovered so far.
Lexington, KY: Well
Organized group behind textbook thefts on Kentucky campuses
The University of Kentucky Police Department issued a crime bulletin for
faculty, staff and student. UK Police received a report of a burglary that
occurred some time between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Someone pried
open locked doors at more than a dozen offices in the College of Nursing and
stole textbooks. At this point, police are not sure exactly how many textbooks
UK Police Chief Joe Monroe believes this theft could be related to textbook
thefts on campus that happened in June and July. He says they are also looking
at similar crimes at other universities, including Eastern Kentucky University.
Chief Monroe says these crimes are more than likely being carried out by a "well
organized group." He assumes the thieves are stealing the textbooks to sell for
Chicago, IL: Las Vegas
couple charged in connection with Apple Store thefts in 3 states
A man and woman were arrested over the weekend and charged with stealing from
Apple stores in at least three states, including locations in Deer Park,
Schaumburg and Oak Brook. Gregory J. Ganci, 50, and Jeri E. Duncan, 36, both of
Las Vegas, were arrested Saturday after the Deer Park Apple Store. Two stolen
Apple drones were found in the vehicle, and Duncan was also in possession of
heroin. The two are believed to be connected to other Apple Store thefts in
California and Nevada and were "known to police."
Lynnwood, WA: Five arrested
in Kohl's Shoplifting; Police chase leads to three accidents
Edmonds and Lynnwood Police took five suspects into custody Monday afternoon
after they abandoned a stolen car following a shoplifting incident at Kohl's.
Police engaged in a pursuit for about four blocks, in that time the suspects
were involved in 3 hit-and-run incidents, no one was seriously injured.
Livingston County, MI: Ivan
Ray Hooper Jr., 39, of Ypsilanti, pleaded guilty as charged to Organized Retail
The prosecution agreed Hooper would receive a jail sentence rather than prison.
He also agreed to pay nearly $2,000 in restitution.
Fraud Gang of four busted hitting Hannaford
store in Albany, N.Y., with 30 counterfeit cc's