Centerville GA May 25 2013 A 25-year-old Macon woman allegedly fleeing store security ran over her 4-year-old son in the parking lot of the Houston County Galleria in Centerville.
Arkebia Albury faces multiple charges, and the boy is in critical condition with injuries to his head and internal organs, Centerville Police Chief Sidney Andrews said.
“The child is in bad shape,” Andrews said. “It wasn’t looking too good.”
The youngster remained in critical condition late Friday afternoon.
Thursday night, a Belk loss prevention officer followed Albury into the parking lot as she, the boy and a younger child were heading toward her car.
As the officer told her to stop, she cranked up the four-door 2001 Toyota Camry, but only the younger child, who is about 2, had made it into the passenger side, Andrews said.
As the security officer rushed to the injured boy, the mother got out and tried to pick him up, ignoring the officer’s pleas to leave him where he was until an ambulance could get there.“She picks the little boy up and throws him in the car and drives off,” Andrews said.
A Centerville patrol officer stopped the car on nearby Wilson Drive, and emergency medical workers were called to the scene.
The chief said contrary to media reports, Albury’s sister and niece were not charged in the case, as they had stayed in the car and were not involved in the alleged theft.
Andrews said he wasn’t sure exactly what was taken, but noted nothing would be worth hurting a child.
“I believe it was a couple of T-shirts. I do know it was clothing. It was a misdemeanor amount,” he said. “This certainly was not worth it.”
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident, he said, and has charged Albury with serious injury by motor vehicle, failing to stop at an accident with injuries, driving with a suspended license and two counts of child seat belt violation.
Centerville police charged her with two counts of cruelty to children, reckless conduct and theft by shoplifting.
Andrews, who has two children, said: “These kind of cases are hard for us.” Source- the telegraph
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. My 20 2013– A 64-year-old Providence man was remanded to the Adult Correctional Institutions Monday following his arrest over the weekend on charges of shoplifting more than $100 in Gillette razors from the Stop & Shop supermarket on Mineral Spring Avenue.
The police described Raymond E. Henderson of 160 Broad St., Providence, as a habitual offender who was already on a year’s probation on another charge of shoplifting brought in February by the Cranston police.
After his arrest on Friday, Henderson complained of chest pains and was evaluated at Fatima Hospital. He was eventually taken to North Providence police headquarters and arraigned before a justice of the peace.
Source- Providence Journal
Yuba County CA May 18 2013 A Marysville woman punched a Walmart security agent in the face before pelting him with numerous rocks on Thursday as she tried to get away with lotions and body spray stuffed in her purse, Yuba County deputies said.
An apparent getaway car abandoned Evalee Havanna Hawkins as she left the store in the 1100 block of North Beale Road just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Undersheriff Jerry Read.
“The loss-prevention officer was taking pictures of the vehicle, and the driver apparently decided he didn’t want any part of what was going on and left,” Read said.
Hawkins then tried to get into another vehicle, which also drove off, leaving her alone with the security guard, who asked the woman to return the lotions.
“Then she punches him in the chin and tries to walk away,” Read said.
Several more guards stepped in as Hawkins began striking the same guard with multiple rocks.
The guard was not seriously injured.
Sheriff’s deputies detained Hawkins, who was booked into the Yuba County Jail on $50,000 bail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. She was still in custody Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. May 19 2013—Gangs of shoplifters are stealing some of the most basic items from stores in the Kansas City metro area and customers are paying the cost of it.
In two cases in Kansas City already this year, thieves took several hundred thousand dollars worth of merchandise. Overall, experts calculate shoplifting to be a $30 billion per year industry.
Carol Keplinger said her Overland Park, Kan., store, Timeless Traditions, lost $1,600 worth of Yankee Candles to thieves in a matter of seconds four years ago.
“They have pockets inside their coats and they just started stuffing the candles inside their pockets,” she said.
Keplinger said the thieves that hit her store were professionals. The Missouri Highway Patrol said something similar happened at the Zona Rosa shopping district in February, when three thieves took 450 pairs of high-end sunglasses from Vision Works and Lens Crafters.
“The retail value of those were almost $100,000,” said Sgt. William Lowe of the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Police and private security experts said they’re fighting a growing problem of organized retail crime, something they call ORC. They said low-level shoplifters go from store to store around the country, stealing name-brand items, everything from high-end handbags to Tide detergent.
An affidavit from the Missouri Highway Patrol said three men from California took the sunglasses from the Zona Rosa thefts, including 113 pairs of Oakley and 92 pairs of Ray-Ban glasses to a swap meet in California.
“It’s very lucrative. It’s fairly low-risk and high-reward,” said Chad Sellers of Midwest Digital Systems.
Sellers, a veteran of the loss-prevention business, installed security at Timeless Traditions. He said when some of these shoplifters are caught, others soon follow in their footsteps
Kansas City has an organized retail crime coalition that meets every other month. Police and retailers are targeting the high-level thieves buy said they said they can’t catch them all.
“If there’s a lot of shoplifting, then I have to raise my prices,” said Keplinger. “I really don’t want to raise my prices.”
She said she now shares her surveillance pictures with other stores in hopes of keeping everyone safe and stopping the thieves from hitting again.
“If they worked as hard at a job as they do shoplifting, they would be very successful,” she said.
Most big retailers have private investigators that work with police to catch thieves.
Hicksville NY May 15 2013 Two Brooklyn men were arrested on Friday for an alleged robbery that occurred in Broadway Mall in Hicksville, police said.
According to authorities, Theodis Cole and Omar Sharpe, both 36, were seen by store security concealing an unknown amount of clothing in a bag at Macy’s in Broadway Mall.
As the two men exited the store, two security officers attempted to detain them in the parking lot. Sharpe then fled with the proceeds on foot through the parking lot, while Cole physically prevented the security officers from stopping Sharpe, police said.
As the security officers where escorting Cole back to Macy’s he began to kick and punch one of them causing a minor laceration to his hand. Police then arrived and placed Cole under arrest.
Sharpe was located by officers at the Hicksville Rail Road Station and arrested, police said.
Sharpe and Cole were charged with second-degree robbery
ROCHESTER, Minn. May 12 2013 – Police have a man in custody after they were called to the Cub Foods after a security agent was assaulted by a shoplifter.
Springfield PA May 12 2013According to police, Springfield Mall security caught a man trying to use wire cutters to break the security chain on items at the mall’s Target store. Security transported the man to the Springfield Police, where he was found to be in possession of marijuana, police say. The man is charged with taking $200 in merchandise from the store.
Springfield Mall security reported that a man was seen leaving Target without paying for various items. Officers apprehended the man and delivered him to the Springfield Police Department, according to reports. Police say that the man was in possession of narcotics when search. He is charged with taking $209 in merchandise from the store.
According to Target Security, a man was seen leaving the Baltimore Pike store without paying for a number of DVDs. Officers checked the area but could not find the unknown man. The items are valued at $100.
Target Security in the Springfield Mall reported that they had a male in custody for Retail Theft at the store. According to reports, Springfield police took the individual into custody and transported him to the Springfield Police Station. The person was cited with retail theft for taking $39.99 worth of merchandise from the store and was later released, police say.
Police reports did not identify the shoplifters.
Source- Springfield Patch
Ocala Fl May 12 2013 Two Citra, Fla., siblings were arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft after police caught the pair with a van full of allegedly stolen Frito-Lay brand products.
Police said they spotted Darren Hagerman, 25, and Jessica Huggard, 22, Thursday evening pulling away from industrial area of Ocala, Fla., where many factories are located. The siblings were pulled over when police noticed a 2-year-old jumping around in the backseat of their vehicle, according to the the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
When an officer looked inside the car, he noticed it was packed with hundreds of bags of Frito-Lay brand chips, ABC Orlando affiliate WFTV reported.
“There were potato chips, and Cheetos, and pork rinds all over the van,” Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Judge Cochran told WFTV.
Hagerman reportedly told the officer he and Huggard took the chips from a dumpster behind the Frito-Lay factory near where they were stopped as a way to make money, the news release stated.
While factory workers told authorities that the security gate was locked, police found that Hagerman had a master key that worked on the gate lock at the Frito-Lay plant, according to the news release.
Some Frito-Lay employees at the distribution center told WFTV that they’ve been chasing Hagerman away from the plant for years.
Both Hagerman and Huggard were booked at the Marion County Jail just before 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning. They were charged with burglary and grand theft, and their bonds were set at $10,000 each.
While Huggard bonded out, Hagerman remained in custody.
The toddler in the vehicle was given to a relative, the sheriff’s office said.
SOUTH BEND IN May 11 2013 – Police are searching for shoplifters armed with pepper spray after two separate incidents this week in which police say a female shoplifter escaped with stolen goods by dousing a security officer with a chemical spray.
Little Rock AR May 9 2013 A mother who was holding her 6-month-old child is accused of pepper-spraying an employee at a Little Rock department store who moved to stop her from shoplifting, authorities said.
COLUMBIA, SC May 9 2013
It’s a full-time job keeping up with the growing and costly crime of shoplifting.
“They actually film these boosters who are going into our retail establishments and taking the products and bringing them out to the fence and to the higher level folks,” said Lisa McGill Sweatman with the South Carolina Retail Association.
Investigations into shoplifting rings can go on for years, often without much consequence to those caught. That’s because South Carolina has a $2,000 felony threshold for shoplifting.
“What we have are folks, individuals, who have 11 misdemeanors and never gets a felony because of that,” said Sweatman.
A bill progressing rapidly through the State House aims to increase the maximum shoplifting penalty from 5 to 10 years, and lower that felony threshold.
The bill also aims to criminalize product code tampering, something that’s drained millions of dollars from retailers like Home Depot.
“We’re looking at $15-20 million being stolen from them in just one case,” said Sweatman.
But small businesses are also feeling the sting of missing merchandise.
“A business making about $2 million a year, you’re looking at $15,000 to $30,000 worth of stuff that just disappears,” said Agata Chydziskni, a manager at Cromer’s Peanuts.
Much of that stuff can end up just down the road at flea markets discounted up to 75 percent.
“Unfortunately, the flea markets are heavily involved in this,” said Sweatman.
Unfortunately, consumers feel the impact of large scale theft where it hurts most: our wallets.
“So when we have this volume of theft that’s being taken from us, unfortunately we have to make up the difference on what’s being taken for us, and so it does go back to the consumer,” said Sweatman.
Stockton CA May 8 2013
Police say that a woman pulled a gun on a loss prevention officer during a shoplifting incident Monday afternoon.
The woman was seen putting some items in her purse at a store near Carolyn Weston Boulevard and Manthey Road around 4:17 p.m. She then tried to leave the store, only to have a security guard confront her.
But, the woman allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the guard – telling him to “back off.”
She was last seen heading down Manthey Road.
RALEIGH, N.C. My 6 2013 – Raleigh police need help in identifying two men who made off with hundreds of dollars in power tools from a Lowe’s home improvement store.
Ernesto G. Espino File photo
According to Sgt. Jose Duarte of the Douglas Police Dept. at approximately 2:10 p.m. Thursday a member of the Douglas Police Department took a report of a missing purse which has happened while the lady was shopping at the Douglas Wal-Mart.
The victim reported to police that she had been shopping at the store at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon and that she may have forgotten or left her purse in the shopping cart.
Duarte said the female described her purse to police and reported that her purse contained all her identification, credit cards and some currency.
Douglas Police Officers conducted follow up investigations at the store and the officer was able to identify the suspect Mr. Ernesto G. Espino, 57, a Wal-Mart employee, who had an address in Agua Prieta Mexico.
Duarte said dDuring the investigation, it was determined that the victim had left the purse in the store shopping cart in the parking lot. Espino, who was picking up store shopping carts in the parking lot, was given the purse by another customer who had found it, but rather than turning in the purse to customer service, he placed the purse in his own personal vehicle.
Douglas Police Officers were informed by Wal-Mart management that Espino was still on duty and was called to meet with police. Officers met with Espino, where he was taken into custody without incident and officers were able to recover the missing purse without any property being reported as missing.
Espino was charged with one count of theft, a class one misdemeanor. He was cited and released at the scene.
source- Douglas Dispatch
West York Borough PA May 4 2013 The West York Borough Police have been charged twenty-two people for their involvement in a major organized retail crime ring.
James Giuffrida of West York, the leader of the organized crime ring, was previously arrested.
Officials say the number of arrests is now 133.
The following people, who reside in York, Lancaster, Adams and Perry Counties were charged in March with conspiracy to commit retail theft, conspiracy to commit theft by deception, conspiracy to receiving stolen property. Those arrested told police they committed the crimes to support their illegal drug addictions.
•Wesley Bentzel, 25, Spring Grove
•E. Allen Braun, 31, Airville
•Bradley Breon, 31, York
•Walter Brown III, 58, York
•Jackie Chronister II, 24, Hanover
•Nikki Collins, 31, Duncannon
•Crystal Colon, 25, Lancaster
•Kayla Crespo, 19, East Berlin
•Douglas Dahlen, 28, Hanover
•Jennifer Gibboney, 28, Duncannon
•Joshua Gorsuch, 21, Gettysburg
•Brittaney Harris, 20, Spring Grove
•Clinton Mann, 31, York
•Randall Meisen Jr, 25, McSherrystown
•Bobby Perez, 33, Lancaster
•Eric Rentzel, 35, York Haven
•Izayah Reyes, 18, Lancaster
•William Rivera Jr., 30, Lancaster
•Joel Robinson, 27, York
•Jennifer Sipe, 34, Wrightsville
•Jamie Reedy, 28, Delta
•Peter Trochin, 39, West York
The criminal charges for over 120 people, who were previously arrested, have been bound over to county court for trial, including James Giuffrida. The remaining suspects are still awaiting preliminary hearings.
On November 12, the West York Borough Police shut down James Giuffrida and the retail crime ring, which he operated out of his ‘Power House Graphix’ storefront at 1415 West Market Street.
COBB COUNTY, Ga. – May 2 2013
Police say a Powder Springs woman is facing charges after they say she attempted to steal a bible from a bookstore on Friday.
Investigators say at around 1 p.m., Ashley Chacari Fleming tried to steal the bible from the Barnes & Noble located at 2952 Cobb Parkway in Cobb County. They say she left the store without paying for the holy book.
Fleming has been charged with theft by shoplifting, and her bond has been set at $1,000
Baltimore MD May 1 2013 A warrant has been issued for a robber who assaulted a security guard while trying to steal food from Safeway.
According to Baltimore police, at 2:18 p.m., April 22, a robber was trying to take $40.81 worth of food from Safeway, 2401 N. Charles St.
As the robber was trying to get away with the stolen items a security guard confronted the robber. The robber then assaulted the security guard and ran from the scene.
However, while assaulting the security guard the robber’s identification was dropped. An arrest warrant has been issued for the robber.
A normal day of shopping was interrupted at a North Carolina Wal-Mart store after one of the shoppers was involved in a domestic dispute that soon turned dangerous.
Police responding to the call for assistance from store employees say that while on the way to the situation they were advised that the man, later identified as 44-year-old Ricky Edward Frazier, of 1705 Shamrock Lane armed himself with a rifle.
Rocky Mount police officers quickly responded to the store located at 1511 Benvenue Road on Saturday at 2:43 p.m. in reference to the domestic disturbance but found that Frazier had went into the sporting goods section of Wal-Mart, smashed a glass gun case and took out a rifle. Frazier ran into the men’s restroom with the rifle at the back of the store and barricaded himself and refused to leave.
Police not knowing whether or not the man had ammunition, cleared out employees and shoppers and were eventually able to take Frazier into custody.
Frazier is charged with larceny of a firearm, going armed to the terror of the public, and damage to property. He also faces charges for multiple outstanding warrants for driving violations.
He was placed in Nash County Jail under a $20,000 bond.
SNELLVILLE, Ga. April 29 2013 (AP) – Police in metro Atlanta say a woman has been arrested after driving a police cruiser into the front of a Home Depot store.
Authorities say the unidentified woman was accused of trying to steal about $90 worth of goods from the Snellville store and was eventually taken into police custody. Authorities say the woman was handcuffed and climbed into the front of a police cruiser before an officer closed the cage and put the car into drive.
The woman pinned an officer between the car and the curb and he was hospitalized with a broken arm. Police Chief Roy Whitehead says officers were trying to get the woman’s foot off of the gas pedal.
Several officers subdued the woman and placed her in a paddy wagon.
ROCK HILL SC April 28 2013 — Two Rock Hill sisters face shoplifting and assault charges after police say they stole from Target and then fled to a gas station before one hid in the trunk of a car and the other bit a store employee Monday.
At about 6:30 p.m., police searched the area between Dave Lyle Boulevard and Tinsley Way after receiving word of two women who shoplifted from Target and then ran toward the gas station on Tinsley Way, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
An officer saw Ladorea White, 32, and her sister, Damaria White, 29, walking behind the gas station’s garbage bin, the report states. Police approached both women and managed to detain Ladorea White, but Damaria White took off running.
Ladorea White struggled with officers and had to be taken to the ground before she was handcuffed, the report states. A bystander told police that Damaria White got into a green Ford Taurus that drove off.
Officers found the Taurus, made a traffic stop and spoke with the front-seat passenger, who said she had nothing to do with the Target theft, according to the report. She said Damaria White jumped into her backseat and said, “Go, go, go,” before she hid in the trunk of the car.
An officer opened the trunk and found Damaria White inside, the report states. The driver didn’t know Damaria White, but a passenger did, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger. When Damaria White saw them, she flagged them down for a ride.
Once in the car, she pulled down the back seat of the Taurus and climbed into the trunk, Bollinger said.
Police took both sisters back to Target at the Manchester Village Shopping Center to identify them, the report states. They found two shirts worth $50 in Ladorea White’s purse, and a baby bottle and accessories worth $34 in Damaria White’s purse.
The loss prevention officer told police that he tried to stop Ladorea White while she was shoplifting but she bit him on his left arm, breaking into his skin, according to the report.
The store employee went to Piedmont Medical Center for evaluation, where doctors gave him shots and antibiotics, said a victim’s advocate during Ladorea White’s Tuesday afternoon bond hearing.
“The injuries you’re charged with caused a great deal of difficulty for this gentleman who was doing his job,” said Rock Hill Magistrate Ray Long before setting Ladorea White’s bond at $28,000.
She is charged with second-degree assault and battery, shoplifting and driving under suspension after police learned her license was suspended when she initially drove her sister to Target.
Damaria White was charged with shoplifting. Police learned that she also had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting in Lancaster. She received a $1,000 bond Tuesday morning before she was taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center, where she received a $5,000 bond. Source- heraldonline.com
Palm Beach County Fla April 28 2013 A scuffle with security at a Greenacres Walmart lead to the arrest of a Royal Palm Beach woman and girl, 16, on Thursday.
Greenacres police say Tiyler K. Scharmer, 20, and the girl stole phone chargers, sleeping pills, sandals, and Caesar salads.
The Sun Sentinel is not identifying the juvenile because of her age and the nature of the crime.
The fight broke out when security stopped the two outside, according to the report. Other employees helped security, but the duo also fought them, according to police.
Scharmer faces charges of robbery, battery, resisting arrest, drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was booked into Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday where she is held in lieu of $10,000 bail. The juvenile faces charges of robbery, battery and resisting arrest.
Source- Sun Sentinel
WILMINGTON, Del. – April 25, 2013 — A Philadelphia man is facing a long list of charges after allegedly crashing his car on Concord Pike while fleeing from a shoplifting.
47-year-old Lewis A. Maye Jr. is charged with Theft: Organized Retail Crime, Terroristic Threatening, Possession of Shoplifter’s Tools, Shoplifting Over $1,500, Conspiracy Second Degree, and numerous traffic offenses.
Police say it was 1:00 p.m. Wednesday when Maye entered the Kohls store located at 401 Rocky Run Parkway.
According to investigators, Maye used a booster bag, a bag designed to evade store security sensors, to conceal over $2,500 worth of merchandise.
When a store employee confronted Maye he allegedly left the store and threatened to shoot the employee.
Maye then fled south on Concord Pike in a white 2007 Chevrolet Impala.
As the vehicle approached the intersection with Nichols Avenue, Maye attempted to pass southbound vehicles by driving in the northbound lanes. In doing so, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a sign for Art Fitness.
Maye ran from the vehicle to a nearby McDonalds where he was found hiding in the bathroom by police.
After his arrest police were able to link Maye to an April 6 incident where he and another male allegedly ran out of the same Kohls store with almost $2,000 worth of merchandise.
Maye was charged then released after posting $3,000 secured bail.
Philadelphia PA April 25 2013 A 20-year-old Philadelphia man faces simple assault, harassment and other charges after police say he assaulted a security officer while running from the Target store in the 800 block of Baltimore Pike last Monday.
According to police, Target security reported a man had just fled the store at 12:51 p.m. on April 15. Police say the store reported that the man was involved in a “retail theft incident and assaulted the security officer before fleeing.”
A Springfield patrol officer found the man in the 1200 block of East Woodland Avenue. Police say the man was identified by security and arrested.
According to police “the man was charged with Retail Theft for taking $108.09 worth of merchandise from the store, Simple Assault, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct. No one was injured during the incident. The incident is under investigation.”