Articles Posted in Theft Crimes

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A married couple from Virginia accused of pilfering more than $1.4 M from the Paycheck Protection Program was taken into custody at the airport when it was discovered they were leaving the U.S. in a purported attempt to escape criminal penalties.

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) put many small businesses in danger of having to shut their doors, the U.S. Small Business Association began offering a loan called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It was designed to help owners keep their employees on the payroll during the pandemic.

A press release from the Justice Department informed the public that they found purportedly fraudulent PPP applications submitted to at least a dozen institutions during the months of April and May, and they asserted the responsible parties were a couple from Ashburn.

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A man allegedly walked into the home of a family he didn’t know and threw their 7-year-old out of the house and down the steps as he reportedly tried to kidnap their children.

Near 7:00 am on June 22, a family learned that they had left their front door unlocked when an unknown man reportedly walked in and went to their 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom where she was asleep in her bed.

The suspect reportedly tried to tell the child to get up and follow him, but she remained in her bed and would not do as he asked.

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When a Largo man allegedly stole a pricey boat from a dealership, he reportedly left the vessel after crashing into a group of pilings.

Last Saturday around 2:00 am, the theft of a 2019 Jeanneau Leader boat with a value of $90,000 was reportedly robbed from the Thunder Marine boat dealership in St. Petersburg.

After the suspect left the shore with the boat, the alleged voyage took a turn for the worse as the vessel was navigated in a way that caused it to smash into four wooden channel-marker pilings.

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When a man was at his Santa Ana home while it was reportedly being burglarized he was allegedly forced to accompany the suspect on a shopping spree for which he had to fit the bill.

Late in the afternoon on June 9, a man from Santa Ana reported that he encountered a suspect trying to rob his house.

The alleged burglar reportedly physically assaulted the 82-year-old and held him down after he fell to the ground.

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A man allegedly robbed items from a woman’s car and reportedly spent over $1100 in cash and unauthorized credit card purchases at Walmart and tobacco shops.

Spanish Fork, Utah resident Nakoda Stan Millet was accused of illegally entering the vehicle of a Chick-Fil-A worker while she was working her shift on June 8.

The 24-year-old alleged thief reportedly took off after tearing the stereo from the dash, and allegedly also scored the woman’s purse which held her wallet and credit cards.

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An intoxicated man from Massachusetts allegedly let himself into the zoo after hours so he could visit with the monkeys.

On June 2, when the employees at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, which is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reported for work in the morning they believed someone had been on the premises after hours the previous night.

The workers reportedly found that one of the boats used for reaching two islands that house the lemur exhibit had been disturbed.

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After claiming he was the representative for booking events for the band The Village People, a Florida man entered a guilty plea to charges that he pilfered over $12,000 from an Oregon Casino.

The U.S. attorney’s office stated that Florida resident 67-year-old Howard Harlib has a prior collection of legal cases involving “frauds and swindles” spanning over approximately 32-years.

Harlib, a Bronx, NY native who has been incarcerated in Florida since 2016 for infractions unrelated to the current charges, sent a flyer to the Coquille Indian Tribe’s Mill Casino in North Bend, Oregon in August 2015.

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A woman accused of theft with concerns about being allowed reentry to a home improvement store reportedly planted herself in a lawn chair and demanded to speak with the manager.

At the end of April, the Home Depot located in Woodhaven, Michigan was reportedly visited by a woman shopping for gardening supplies and home improvement items.

The woman went through the checkout and paid for some products, but according to an onlooking worker she was seen hiding some items beneath bags of mulch and never removed them when being rung up at the register.

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Two men allegedly stole alcohol from a convenience store while wearing hollowed-out watermelons as masks in a purported attempt to conceal their identities.

On the evening of May 5, the Sheetz convenience store in Louisa, Virginia, was visited by two people wearing masks that appeared unrelated to COVID-19 protection, as they were reportedly made of watermelon rinds that encased their heads. The watermelons had their innards removed and eye holes were carved for visibility.

The suspects, who were reportedly riding in a black Toyota Tacoma, allegedly grabbed liquor from the store’s supply and walked out without paying for the products.

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When two Florida teenagers allegedly used a Walmart as the stage, and the patrons as the unknowing cast for the reportedly humorous COVID-19 internet video they were recording, they arrested for the antics.

Amos Troublefield and Antonio Green are a duo of 18-year-olds who reportedly produce videos and upload the content to YouTube for viewers to enjoy.

On May 9, the pair reportedly went to Walmart in Vero Beach to collect the footage for their next online feature, with the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic as its focus.

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