Shoplifter nabbed for “refund scam” http://www.privateofficer.com
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Nordstrom spotted a woman who had tried the “refund scam” and police say the security officers detained the woman for theft.
The suspect tried to return a Dooney & Bourke wallet without a receipt but was denied. According to store security, she was observed then as she took a dress into a fitting room, placed it in a shopping bag, and turned in the same dress for a cash refund of over $324.
She admitted to making fraudulent returns on other items that she had stolen, and she also indicated that she had stolen the Dooney & Bourke wallet a few days ago.
Police were notified and took the suspect into custody and transported her to the county jail.
North Carolina has new shoplifting law http://www.privateofficer.com
For the first time, Rowan County magistrates have charged two people under a new felony shoplifting law enacted in 2007. According to Magistrate Fred Moore, the new law provides for specific shoplifting offenses and is a felony.
“This is the first time we have used this law to charge anyone,” Moore said.
Michelle Crystal Hall, 26, and J.T. Hall, 33, both of South Oakhurst Drive in Salisbury, were charged with larceny from a merchant.
The new law considers shoplifting a class H felony if one or more specific circumstances are met:
- $200 or more is removed from the store through an exit door marked with a notice or sign about the felony offense.
- By removing, destroying or deactivating a component of an anti-shoplifting or inventory control device to keep the device from activating upon leaving the store.
- By affixing a fake product code created to obtain merchandise at a lower price.
- The theft of more than $100 of infant formula or diapers.
Michelle and J.T. Hall were arrested for removing or destroying an anti-shoplifting device from a watch and three SD memory cards for cameras.
“The law has specific requirements that have to be met before someone can be charged,” Moore said. “This is the first time those have been met.”
Nightclub security guard charged with attempted murder http://www.privateofficer.com
A strip club security guard is charged with assault with intent to kill after police arrested him for opoening fire on a vehicle that was leaving the parking lot. Police say that he fired multiple shots into a crowded parking lot, trying to stop a customer police say, who the security guard suspected of theft but police say that person is innocent of any crime.
James Neal, the security guard, bonded out of jail yesterday, after officers say he fired his gun at The Penthouse Club in Wellford days earlier. The customer was thought to have stolen money from a dancer inside.
But because the man got in his truck and drove away from the scene, officers determined there was no immediate danger, and the use of deadly force wasn’t warranted.
If convicted, the security guard could face a lengthy prison term according to police.
Security officer finds possible murder victim http://www.privateofficer.com
PALA INDIAN RESERVATION – Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Thursday lying in plain sight on a dirt bike trail.
The body was spotted by a tribal security guard about 1:30 p.m. off Lilac Road south of Pala Road, said sheriff’s Sgt. Roy Frank.
The man, believed to be 18 to 25 years old, suffered traumatic injuries, Frank said.
Detectives do not know if the man was killed in the area or if his body was placed there, Frank said. They also don’t know how long the body had been there but deputies estimate it was no more than a few days.
There was no effort made to conceal the body, Franks said.
Deputies are trying to determine the man’s identity and how he died. An autopsy is scheduled today, Frank said.
Police, security, capture robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
A customer making a deposit at the Wells Fargo in Oak Cliff was robbed and shot at gunpoint this morning.
Police are calling the robbery an ambush. Officials believe the suspect knew Wells would be making a deposit and was waiting for Wells when he pulled up to the bank.
Wells went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg and was released later in the afternoon.
Harris is charged with one count of aggravated robbery of a business, because the money belonged to Wells’ bail bond company.No one else was hurt.
Shoplifting/Retail Security News Round-Up http://www.privateofficer.com
Atlanta GA. July 26 2008
Compiled By: Bryan Hill
Ntl. Assoc. Private Officers
Denny Avenue, Wal-Mart, Kandie Chang, 25, Dogwood Drive, Lucedale, was arrested on charge of felony shoplifting.
Wickenburg AZ The Wickenburg Police Department arrested a 17-year-old Grand Avenue (Wickenburg) male on Sunday (July 13) on charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol after he allegedly fled from police and appeared to be in the motion of striking an officer with a 40-ounce glass bottle.
Freemont Ca On July 13 at 2 p.m., police responded to a shoplifting report at Fry’s Electronics at 43800 Osgood Road. Security officers at the business said they observed a man opening DVDs and digital media players and stuffing them down the front of his pants, police said. While officers were en route, security detained the suspect as he attempted to leave the store. Officers arrested Bhupinder Singh, 22, of Hayward, on charges of shoplifting and took him to Fremont City Jail.
FRAMINGHAM MA – An Ashland man was arrested Tuesday at 5:04 p.m. after police said he shoplifted at Bob’s Store.Thiago Miranda Gomes, 21, of 47 Mountain Gate Road, was charged with shoplifting, police said.
MARANA AZ Shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, an officer responded to a shoplifting call at the Sportsman’s Warehouse on the 3900 block of West Costco Drive. The store’s loss prevention manager had stopped a juvenile male from stealing a paintball gun. As the store worker stopped the boy, he saw two other young males sitting in a black truck outside leave the parking lot.
The officer questioned the boy, who claimed that the others waiting for him in the truck, his cousins, also had shoplifted paintball equipment a few days earlier. The officer phoned the other boys’ father, who later returned the stolen items worth an estimated $684.93. The officer arrested the boys on charges of shoplifting before releasing them to their parents.
In a separate arrest about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, police arrested a woman on a charge of shoplifting. She allegedly stole several items from the Kohls department store on the 5800 block of West Arizona Pavillions Drive. The woman admitting taking clothing and accessories worth about $300, according police. She stole the items “for her sister who is going through a tough time.” The woman also had an oustanding warrant for her arrest in Tucson for a liquor law violation. Police booked her into the county jail.
TOWN OF NEWBURGH NY Police said three men stole more than $6,000 worth of electronics from Wal-Mart Sunday morning. At about 4 a.m., one man approached an employee and asked to see an MP3 player in a locked case. Once the case was open, two other men surrounded the clerk, and the three emptied the entire case into a white laundry bag and told the clerk to shut up, according to a police press release. Wal-Mart did not have security on duty at the time. The three men left the store and fled north on Route 300 in a small silver sports car that was waiting outside the store, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call 566-TIPS. A reward is available for information leading to an arrest.
Police arrested a 19-year-old man on a charge of theft at Target, 21265 Biscayne Blvd., at 4:45 p.m. July 6. Store security said he hid an MP3 player valued at $40 in a bag.
Police arrested two women, 21 and 23, on charges of grand theft at Bloomingdale’s, 19555 Biscayne Blvd., at 4:45 p.m. July 6. Store security told police the women took merchandise valued at $1,730 into a fitting room, where they hid the clothes in their purses.
Police arrested a 19-year-old woman on a charge of theft at Urban Outfitters, 19575 Biscayne Blvd., after store security said she stole a blouse valued at $48 and set off the store alarm at 6:15 p.m. July 6.
Rome GA A shoplifter stole items from a Broad Street business on Friday, reports stated Saturday.
According to Rome police reports:
Officers were called to Lynn’s Uniforms at 244 Broad St. after a woman allegedly took four hospital scrub tops without paying for them.
An employee said a woman customer approximately 5-feet-6 and 160 pounds with short dark hair took several scrub tops back to the dressing room. She left the store and allegedly had hidden four scrubs in her black bag. The value of the items was listed at approximately $80.
The woman left in a burgundy Honda Element.
Fort Oglethorpe GA
Adam Parker, 30, of 523 Townsend Drive, Ringgold, was arrested on July 10 and charged with shoplifting.
Phillip Wysons, 21, of 6872 Robin Drive, Chattanooga, was arrested on July 12 and charged with shoplifting.
Marivic Morgan, 44, of 1708 Shepherd Road, Chattanooga, was arrested on July 13 and charged with shoplifting.
Brandon Brett, 20, of 181 Knollwood Drive, Ringgold, was arrested on July 14 and charged with shoplifting.
Melinda Hargis, 17, of 19 Lowery Lane, Ringgold, was arrested on July 16 and charged with shoplifting.
Brittany Smith, 19, of 71 Jade Lane, Ringgold, was arrested on July 16 and charged with shoplifting.
Kinston NC Zelena Rhem, 26, 3430 Poole Road, Kinston, July 18, misdemeanor shoplifting. Bond: $300. Arresting officer: T. Jarvis.
Danita M. Casnave, age 39 of 2826 Clark Ave. Slidell, La Was arrested on an Outstanding Probation Violation through Slidell City Court, and Theft under $100 by Shoplifting at the Dollar General Store, 883 Robert Blvd.
Charlene Forte, age 28 of 3 Sadec Ln. Picayune, MsWas issued a Summons for Theft under $300 by Shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Natchez Dr
John K. Wilson, age 17 of 1011 Rue Verand Slidell, La Was issued a Summons for Theft by Shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Natchez Dr
Mark Womack, age 17 of 805 Freedom Ln. Slidell, LaWas issued a Summons for Theft by Shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Natchez Dr
Trenton Roy, age 18 of 1423 Eastridge Dr. Slidell, La Was issued a Summons for Theft by Shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Natchez Dr
Jennifer J. Gandy, age 25 of 319 Hickory Dr. Slidell, LaWas arrested for Theft Under $300 by Shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Natchez Dr
Myrtle A. Wilson, 47, of Millville Gardens Apartments, was charged Tuesday with shoplifting two tubes to toothpaste from Shop Rite on North 2nd Street.
LAWRENCE MA — A woman was arrested after she picked up $26.98 in clothing items at an Essex Street clothing store and walked away, police said.
Officers were sent to Tello’s at 700 Essex St., where store workers told them of the theft. The woman was at the scene when police arrived and allowed police to check her purse, where the clothing, with the store tags, was found.
Yolanda Brown, 38, 114B Hancock St., was charged with shoplifting under $100.
VERMILION, Ohio — Vermilion police said they arrested a man accused of shoplifting two times in a four-hour period on Monday.
Police said 42-year-old Stephen Harris stole $88.85 worth of steaks from the Vermilion Giant Eagle. He was arrested and released on bond.
Police said three and a half hours later, officers arrested Harris again at Tobaccoville liquor store on suspicion of stealing a bottle of Jack Daniels liquor.
Harris will appear in court on Thursday
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Man charged with assault for “licking” police officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Freeport police Sgt. Jay Newton took a licking from a drunken suspect and now he’s taking a lot of joking from his fellow officers.
It really was just that — a licking.
While Newton was taking items out of the pockets of Ryan Halverson, 18, at the Freeport city jail early Wednesday, Halverson, who had his hands handcuffed behind him, leaned over and licked Newton on the left cheek. He tried to get in a second lick, but the sergeant moved out of range, police chief Jeff Pynes said.
Halverson, who was being booked on a public intoxication charge, was charged with assault on an officer. He remains in the Brazoria County Jail on $10,000 bond.
The licking could be serious, Pynes said, because it could spread various diseases to the officer.
“We want people to like our officers, but not to lick them,” Pynes said.
Since the incident Newton has been talking a lot of ribbing from fellow officers, Pynes said.
“He’s been getting a lot of lollypops in his internal mail,” the chief said.
Shoplifter fights with police and security agents http://www.privateofficer.com
Police responding to a shoplifting call at an area Wal-Mart found that an 18 year old was being combative with store loss prevention agents and when the officers tried to take him into custody he also resisted their efforts according to officers.
The man who police did not identify was from Pierre and security personnel accused him of concealing $34 of merchandise and trying to exit the store without paying for it.
According to security agents, as soon as they stopped him the man put up a struggle and was uncooperative.
Several Wal-Mart employees became involved in a physically confrontation with the man until police and security was able to subdue and handcuff him. One officer was injured during the arrest.
Police charged the man with larceny and resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
There was no word on the extent of the officer’s injury or what the bond amount was for the arrestee.