Westchester County police arrested five suspects for running a shopping scheme that targeted multiple New York stores. They were accused of credit card fraud and identity theft.
Dawn Anderson, 48, and Hassan Miller, 46, were charged with three counts of criminal possession of a forgery device, criminal possession of stolen property and 76 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Authorities arrested three additional individuals and were continuing their investigation in order to find other suspects.
According to investigators, the group stole designer merchandise valued at $500,000 from TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Marshalls. The stores were located in Queens and Westchester, as well as on Long Island.
The five individuals allegedly used fake IDs to obtain fraudulent credit cards. During the more than yearlong scheme, they purchased luxury handbags, TVs, clothing, furniture and more. The ring members bought items worth several thousand dollars per day and often resold or returned them for cash.
TJ Maxx security brought the ring to the attention of police after noticing irregular shopping activities. They found that credit cards were maxed out on their first day.
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