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January 24, 1990 | By Karen Weintraub, Special to The Inquirer
A $60 pair of sneakers cost a Riverside man more than they were worth late last week. Aihan Akcakaya, 30, of Scott Street, was accused of trying to shoplift from the Port's store on Route 130 several weeks ago and then charged Thursday morning with trying to bribe the guards not to testify against him. After being told by Port's guards Charlie Craige and Don Knuth that Akcakaya had offered them $1,000 not to testify against him, the Willingboro...
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February 13, 1991 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cherry Hill Juvenile Conference Committee of Robert Burdette, Warren Jordan, Judy Williams and Herbert Spellman recently encountered a youngster whose enthusiasm over his new Jeep led him to drive it, illegally, on a beach. Decision: 15 hours of community service and an apology. Pilfering is a more common indiscretion, however, and Camden County youngsters accused of that are directed to a different remedy - the Rev. Peter A. Molnar's shoplifting prevention seminar, a three-hour catharsis aimed at putting the price of thievery in a new light.
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March 8, 1990 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
State store employees in Narberth are not urged to use physical confrontation to detain or identify shoplifters. But Edgar Bolden ignored caution not once, but twice, within eight days in January, and it led to the arrest of two people for shoplifting. At 10 a.m. today at the liquor store, 1 Station Circle, state Reps. Lois Sherman Hagarty (R., Montgomery) and James H. Clark (R., Montgomery) will present Bolden with a citation for his actions. "We kind of tell them not to put themselves in jeopardy like that," store manager Guy Stewart said.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1987 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
A South Jersey company has a tiny high-tech tag up its sleeve - an invention that it says has the power to scream out to stop shoplifters, and to save retailers money as they try to thwart thieves. The Checkpoint Systems tag, with its embedded electronic circuitry, can be printed to appear as any ordinary information sticker on a package - a bar code, price tag, or even sale ticket - and sit silently until a shoplifter tries to steal goods. Then, the tag's tiny circuitry triggers a loud signal from a detection device at the store entrance.
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September 2, 1988 | By Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
A 21-year veteran of the city police force faces dismissal if found guilty of stealing three pairs of socks from a Hamilton Township department store Tuesday. Atlantic City Police Chief Joseph Pasquale said yesterday that Sgt. Charles Hudson, 48, of Dorset Avenue, Ventnor, had been suspended without pay pending a departmental hearing on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer. He was suspended from the force yesterday.. If Hudson were found guilty in municipal court of shoplifting charges, he would automatically be fired from the department, according to Pasquale.
NEWS
May 21, 1989 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
World-class lightweight boxer Calvin Grove, his cousin and a friend are seeking more than $100,000 in damages from an Exton Mall store owner who accused them of shoplifting two years ago, according to court documents filed in Chester County Court on Monday. Grove, 26, his cousin Isaac Louis Grove, 30, and Ronald Deveaux, 32, all of Coatesville, were acquitted of retail theft charges by a Chester County jury in February 1988. The jury could not decide whether the men were guilty of receiving stolen property and conspiracy, but the District Attorney's Office decided not to further prosecute the case, according to court records.
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April 6, 1993 | By C.R. Harper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Sam Walton is not a name usually associated with Sears Roebuck & Co., but for Upper Darby police, the connection is becoming well-established. In the fall, Walton, 30, of 433 Main St. in Darby, was convicted of shoplifting clothing from the men's department at Sears' 69th Street store. On March 26, he was arrested again on charges of taking $110 worth of clothes from the same department. Walton's apparent affinity for Sears was not lost yesterday on District Justice Michael Ballezzi, who bound Walton over for trial in the latest incident.
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August 20, 1993 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Boiled down to basic facts, the police report makes it sound like a routine, penny-ante crime. Not worth even a line in the news reports. A woman is shoplifting in a department store in a suburban mall. She's spotted by a security guard, runs from the store, jumps in a car driven by a man, and they get away. Things like that go on a hundred times a day in a metropolitan area as big as Chicago. But if you were there, as I happened to be, it didn't seem routine. Especially when I think of what might have been.
NEWS
March 21, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, USA Today and the New York Daily News
Margo Adams, who has made a career out of a defunct affair with baseball star Wade Boggs, has been arrested and charged with trying to shoplift a $258 coat from a department store in Costa Mesa, Calif. She was charged on Sunday, then released on her own recognizance after signing an agreement to appear in court later. In January, Adams, 33, pleaded guilty to running up $4,871 in bills at several stores with a charge card that wasn't hers. She was ordered to pay restitution and was put on three years informal probation.
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April 13, 1990 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Frederick T. Martens, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, was charged in December with shoplifting two bottles of cologne from a Pathmark supermarket in Allentown. However, Martens, reached by telephone yesterday, denied that he tried to steal anything and said that whole matter was a blunder by store security and that Pathmark had since agreed to drop the charge of retail theft so long as he promised not to sue. Court documents show that the case is still open.
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May 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Betsy Bassel caught a shoplifter in her Old City vintage store nearly as soon as it opened a year ago. A teenage girl had tried to make off with a leather vest from Scout Salvage on Second Street. Bassel got the vest back, but worried about more thefts. Threats of calling the police didn't seem to work. But, she thought, shame might. "The worst-case scenario for me at that age would have been for my friends to know what I'd done," Bassel said, laughing. The store's approach to deterring shoplifters - warning, on signs posted around the store, that would-be thieves would have their photos posted to Instagram - worked for the better part of a year.
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July 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prosecutor called David Gentile a "serial shoplifter," an unrepentant thief who over nine months last year struck Target stores in four counties, pilfering only high-end Texas Instrument graphing calculators. Gentile's lawyer laughed at that, calling her 35-year-old client a "completely unsuccessful criminal," a drug addict who couldn't help but get arrested. Both descriptions may be apt, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo's sentence - three to 23 months in prison followed by three years' reporting probation - satisfied neither side.
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March 11, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MARISSA SARGEANT is starting to look more like a bad example than a protective mother. In November, Sargeant publicly accused Tullytown Borough police of "brutally" assaulting her son, Joey Williams, 14, after he was arrested on shoplifting charges at the Walmart on Route 13. She posted photos of his swollen face on Facebook. They went viral, with supporters comparing it to the Rodney King beating. Now, three months after the Bucks County District Attorney's Office cleared the officers of wrongdoing, Sargeant is in prison on felony charges that she shoplifted from the same Walmart, police said.
NEWS
March 9, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
TULLYTOWN She made national headlines last year, alleging police brutality after officers used a Taser on her handcuffed son, 14, who fled from police and fell. The image of his bloodied face went viral. Now, Marissa Sargeant is said to have shoplifted from the same Bucks County Walmart where her son was arrested for shoplifting and subsequently injured. Sargeant and a relative allegedly took $100 worth of unnamed items from the store in Tullytown on Thursday and were arrested after a Walmart employee called police.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Ben Finley and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
A New Jersey state trooper in Gov. Christie's security detail has been charged in Berks County on two counts of retail theft. William Carvounis, 36, is accused of stealing $267 worth of ammo clips, gun grips, and other gear from a Cabela's sporting goods store north of Reading on Jan. 8. Then, when that news broke on Monday, Tilden Township Police Chief William McEllroy told news outlets that Carvounis asked for a break after his arrest, mentioning...
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April 5, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Attention Kmart shoppers, Gloucester Township police need your help solving an April Fool's Day heist. A couple who arrived April 1 pushing a toddler in a shopping car, left with a five-finger discount instead of a "blue light special. " A surveillance video captured by the retailer at it's location in 1400 block Blackwood Clementon Road was posted by police on You Tube hoping to identify the thieves. The couple is seen entering the store with the toddler. In the electronics department, the male gets into a locked display case and removes several expensive games, including Xbox Kinect and a Playstation 3. The female is a lookout.
NEWS
July 6, 2012
Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue, North Philadelphia A man was shot and killed under a train trestle on a busy North Philadelphia street in broad daylight late Thursday morning, police said. The victim, who remained unidentified later Thursday but was estimated to be in his late teens, was under the train bridge when someone shot him about 11:50 a.m., police said. Suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, the victim was rushed by police to nearby Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. Cops were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing and hadn't recovered a weapon or made any arrests as of Thursday night.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
IN MOST OF AMERICA, "beer run" means darting out to buy beer for the night. It is a common term understood by pretty much everyone. Except in the Southwest. In the Southwest, "beer run" means heading to the nearest convenience store, grabbing a 30-pack from the cooler and walking out the door without paying. This is not just some regional quirk of language. It is a bizarre crime phenomenon that happens with astonishing frequency throughout Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. How frequently?
NEWS
November 4, 2011 | Staff Report
He was dubbed "The Dancing Shoplifter" after he was seen boogying-down on a surveillance camera at a Kmart store in Blackwood while stuffing a dress under his shirt. Now, authorities say they have their man. Gloucester Township police have charged Anthony DiVietro, 26, of the 500 block of White Horse Pike, Stratford, with shoplifting and are crediting social networking and video with helping nab him. The incident occurred Oct. 1 when police were called for a report of shoplifting at the store on Blackwood Clementon Road.
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September 24, 2011 | Staff Report
Police say they have located the suspect in an attempted K-Mart robbery that not only led to a tussle with security, but also to a shoplifting ring that had struck stores in several towns. And they say they found him already sitting in jail in a neighboring county. Events began back on August 12 when a man caught trying to steal a TV at a K-Mart in Gloucester Township, Camden County, ended up tussling with store security. An investigation traced him, police say, to a shoplifting ring.
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