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Identity theft duo busted in California that hit more than 30 times in multiple states and are still under investigation  Two women suspected of involvement in more than 30 cases of identity theft in California and Nevada have been arrested by Vacaville police. Police detained the suspects, identified as Ebony Tyresha Hayes (right photo), 27, of San Francisco and Bianca Michelle Fleming (left photo), 29, of Pinole, a short distance from the BevMo! store where they had used fraudulent credit cards. During the investigation, officers linked the women to incidents of fraud and identity theft in nine California cities as far south as Costa Mesa. The women allegedly used a highly sophisticated method to complete the fraudulent transactions. At one point, police said, the U.S. Secret Service responded to assist with the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Officer Debi Lopez at (707) 449-5200. (Source

Identity theft duo busted in Humble, TX. hitting Walmart and still under investigation as well  An investigation launched by Humble ISD Police has led to the arrest of two Louisiana men, Brandon Henderson, 22, and Albert Binkham, 23, who have been charged with credit card abuse and could face additional identity theft charges. Walmart store’s loss prevention employee said she observed a customer purchase $1,000 worth of gift cards with credit cards. When searching the suspect's vehicle they found about 40 credit cards in Binkham’s name inside the car. Binkham also had Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) warrants from the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office for burglary of a habitation. Multiple agencies are now working in conjunction with Humble ISD Police to gather information from this case and possibly tie the suspects to other ongoing identity theft cases across the state. (Source

ORC thief on the loose - Tide thefts leave Colo. retailers airing dirty laundry  Police in Colorado are searching for a man they believe has stolen more than $8,000 worth of Tide laundry detergent in the Ft. Lupton area in Weld County. Police said the male suspect has been caught on surveillance video knocking off six different stores, taking Tide and expensive face lotions. (Source

Cincinnati Tri-State area merchants are beginning to lock up the Tide. Article Surveillance tags are being installed at Walgreens in neighboring Newport, Kentucky and many other merchants are also looking to tag or increase surveillance on the detergent aisles. (Source

Three member check fraud ring hitting Walmart, Safeway, Radio Shack, and Sears in Cowlitz County, WA  The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects in a check fraud ring that has stolen from multiple victims. Several county residents’ checking accounts have been fraudulently accessed through computer-generated checks beginning in late November. Checks have been passed at the Woodland and Longview Walmarts, both Longview Safeways, Longview Radio Shack and the Kelso Sears, as well as in the Vancouver and Portland areas. The sheriff’s office released surveillance photos Thursday in an attempt to identify the suspects, two men and a woman. (Source

ORC gang hits Green Hills Mall in Nashville, Tenn.  Suspected thieves with expensive tastes targeted stores at Green Hills Mall, but police said they didn't get far. Charmette Pitts, Audrieanna Johnson and Rico Brown allegedly swiped thousands of dollars in merchandise from the mall Tuesday night. Officers pulled them over on Hillsboro Pike near Interstate 440 and found merchandise from Burberry, Kate Spade, J Crew and Victoria's Secret with price tags and security sensors still attached. (Source

Pearl, Ms. serial shoplifter busted
Pearl police announced Thursday a wanted felony shoplifting suspect was arrested within hours of his mug shot appearing in newscasts. Police say on Dec. 28, Tyrone Christmas left the Pearl Walmart with two flat panel TVs and two desktop computers without paying for them. The items were valued at $1,352. Christmas is also suspected of committing similar crimes at stores in Ridgeland, Richland and Vicksburg.

“Operation Cash Back” sentencing of six for  $16 million organized theft ring. Six members of an organized retail crime ring will serve time in prison for selling and distributing more than $16 million in stolen over-the-counter, health and beauty aid products, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Sentences for those involved range from 18 to 86 months and include an order to pay more than $4,000,000 in restitution. U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. also ordered the forfeiture of more than $17,000 in cash, 20 vehicles, two real-estate properties and a forfeiture money judgment of $7 million. (Source

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