Breaking News in the Industry: May 2, 2018

Police hope to identify group accused of shoplifting from several businesses [Viral Video]

Oklahoma City police have released video of two suspects involved in a larceny at a metro business. Employees at Ulta, 6417 SW 3 Street, report that just before 5 p.m. April 26 four individuals entered the store. Two of the men proceeded to conceal fragrances and other items in their jackets before leaving the store. The individuals left the store in a silver Chevrolet four-door vehicle that had damage to the right front bumper. The group is accused of stealing from two other metro Ultas. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405.235.7300.  [Source: Fox25 News]

Employee accused of stealing more than $17,000 in meat, fish and chicken from meat market

A meat market employee is accused of stealing more than $17,000 worth of meat from his job.

Bryan Kannady, 63, is charged with aggregated theft after reports say he stole boxes of fish, beef, chicken and sausage from Jakes Finer Foods in the Fallbrook area of Houston, Texas.

 Reports say that Kannady, who worked as the fork lift operator, was identified after managers became suspicious of missing inventory and reviewed surveillance cameras.

 Kannady was reportedly spotted on camera taking more than a dozen boxes at a time.

He was arrested and later released from jail on a $1,500 bond.  [Source: ABC13 Eyewitness News]

‘Oh, Lord have mercy’ shoplifter proclaims after sentencing

As the judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison for robbing a store and then crashing his car with a police officer hanging out of it, Martin McCullough tried to interrupt him to say he was only supposed to go to prison for three years. “Sir,” McCullough said. “Sir…” “It’s my turn,” said Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle. McCullough, 55, was sentenced Monday for robbery, a second-degree felony, and felonious assault on a peace officer, a first-degree felony. Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor John Litle said McCullough had stolen items from a department store and then crashed his car when he tried to drive away with a Zanesville, Ohio, police detective’s arm still caught in the car window. McCullough’s defense attorney, Mark Kaido, of Zanesville, argued that while McCullough had a serious criminal history and should not have tried to drive away, he did not almost kill the detective by any means. Neither that officer nor the other responding officer were injured from the incident.

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His co-defendant, Marlo Foster of Columbus, Ohio, was also charged with theft in relation to the case and was sentenced to 11 months in prison. Before he was sentenced, McCullough apologized and said if he hadn’t been doing crack cocaine, he would not have committed the crime, and if he had not been dating the woman he was dating, then he would not have been doing crack cocaine. Fleegle noted that McCullough had 16 prior felonies, five of which were robberies, and he was on probation in two other cases out of Franklin County when he committed this crime. He has a long history of shoplifting and then assaulting the people trying to apprehend him, whether police officers or loss prevention staff members from the stores he was robbing. So, Fleegle said, McCullough can’t say this is uncharacteristic of him. “It’s happened five times before,” Fleegle said. “You’re 55 years old. You’ve been doing this almost forever.” As Fleegle sentenced McCullough to 10 years, McCullough said, “Oh, Lord have mercy.” “Sir,” McCullough said as Fleegle finished and left the courtroom. “Sir, I was told I was going to get three years.”   [Source: Times Record]

Suspect is latest arrested in UPS package theft investigation

An Albany man who is a former seasonal worker at UPS is among several people suspected of taking items from packages sent to UPS customers, State Police said. Troopers said customers reported receiving empty packages, and an investigation began. Several people were arrested on larceny, id theft and tampering charges. Shalamar Pridget-el, 29, was taken into custody Monday after a trooper stopped him for speeding in the Oneonta area and found an arrest warrant for him in connection with the UPS investigation.

He was a holiday-season employee in December at UPS on Avis Drive in Latham, troopers said. Three other UPS employees were arrested in December.  Paul Gottlieb, 23, of Albany was charged with criminal tampering, Michael Charleston,29, of Troy was charged with possession of stolen property and criminal tampering, and Verquana Wallace, 26, of Troy was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and identity theft. Troopers said Charleston and Gottlieb were responsible for the original thefts and gave a stolen customer’s credit card number to Wallace. She, in turn, gave the number Albany men Daniel Williams, 28, and Robert Williams, 26, troopers said. They were charged in February with petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Charleston, and Gottlieb, who were responsible for the initial thefts and tampering, had stolen a customer’s credit card, and provided it to Charleston’s significant other, Verquana Wallace for her use, and both Daniel Williams and Robert Williams to make purchases at area retailers. Pridget-el was arraigned Monday in Colonie Town Court on a charge of misdemeanor criminal tampering and sent to the Albany County Jail on $700 bail. He is due back in court later this week.  [Source: Times Union]

Employee steals $1,800 worth of merchandise from sporting goods store

An employee of a sporting goods store was arrested for theft, according to the Greenville Police Department in North Carolina. The employee allegedly stole more than $1,800 worth of sporting goods from Academy Sports located at 3428 South Memorial Drive between 8 a.m. March 27 and 7 p.m. April 17 according to a police department report. The report indicates that various sporting goods, glasses, a watch and a cooler was stolen. The items are valued at $1,860. An arrest has been made in the case.   [Source: The Daily Reflector]

Pair has used stolen credit card more than 40 times

Two suspects allegedly have used a stolen credit card dozens of times at multiple locations in three South New Jersey counties, according to police. The Willingboro Police Department has asked for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman they say are responsible for numerous counts of credit card fraud. Law enforcement officials say the pair used the card more than 40 times at locations in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. Surveillance photos show images of the suspects. The first is a white male, tall and thin and believed to be between 22 and 28 years of age. The second is a white female, also with a thin build and is believed to be in the same age range. They were operating a dark-colored pick-up truck with a white-colored toolbox in the bed, police say. If anyone knows the pair or has information regarding the case they are asked to contact the Willingboro Police Department at 609.877.3001 or the Citizen Tip Hotline at 609.877.6958.   [Source: Courier Post]

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