Woman shot dead in West Miami-Dade police shooting headed retail
The unarmed West Perrine woman fatally
shot by police after a car chase earlier this month was
the ringleader of a group of shoplifters who targeted
Walgreens and CVS stores, swiping medicine and other
goods for re-sale at inner-city markets, authorities
say. When she was killed, Yolanda Thomas, 34, was out on
bond while awaiting trial for organized retail theft.
The noose was tightening. One of her cohorts recently
pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate against her,
foreshadowing a plan by prosecutors to file a
racketeering case. (Source
San Francisco Police bust another electronics fencing
San Francisco police have busted what they believe to be
a big fencing ring. Smartphones and laptops were among
the items police recovered on December 27 in one of the
biggest hauls of stolen electronics they've ever seen.
The bust was the second huge bust police made in a
period of two months. In November, they recovered more
than a thousand items worth up to half a million dollars
from another fencing ring. Cellphones, laptops, as well
as other expensive items were among the goods recovered.
Three people were arrested.
Counterfeit ring leader gets 2 years 9 months in prison
after hitting Nordstrom, Target, and Fred Meyer
Sophanthavong pleaded guilty last September for his role
in printing as much as $120,000 in high-quality fake
bills. Prosecutors said the 34-year-old was the leader
of a group of counterfeiters that used the fake money to
buy goods from retailers including Nordstrom, Target and
Fred Meyer. They either kept them or returned them to
the retailers for cash, prosecutors said.
Man Responsible For Shoplifting Spree At Walmart:
Repeated Television Theft Matthew Colleluori, 33, was arrested Tuesday afternoon,
after attempting to steal his fifth big-screen LCD
television from the Marple Crossroads Center Walmart.
Nashville woman arrested for shoplifting $5000 of
merchandise from the mall at Green Hill. Police
arrested 41-year-old Charmette Pitts as well as two
other suspects in Nashville following a search of her.
During the search they discovered over $5000 of merchandise. Pitts had
stolen $1000 worth of items from Victoria Secret, $1000
Kate Spade, $500 from J Crew and $3000 worth of products
Vacuum Cleaner thieves apprehended at a Alton, IL
Matthew McDonough and Wayne Sprinkle were arrested on
theft charges of $798 dollars of merchandise, Sprinkle
also had a bottle of medication called suboxone which he
did not have a prescription for. McDonough was in the
store last week and pushed out a shopping cart with two
sets of headphones and a high end vacuum cleaner. He got
away. McDonough returned to the store two days later
possibly to hit again but was observed by Loss
Prevention who contacted police. Following the
apprehension by police, a search of McDonough’s car
revealed one pair of the headphone.
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