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National Shoplifting Ring Targeted Express Stores Across Country

An Indiana man working for a national shoplifting ring was caught with more than $2,200 in stolen shirts, police said. The "crews" have been hitting stores around the country, police said.

Erick Adin Angeles. Credit: Orland Park Police Department
Erick Adin Angeles. Credit: Orland Park Police Department
by Joseph Hosey

ORLAND PARK, Ill. – A member of a national shoplifting ring preying on Express clothing stores across the country was apprehended at a mall in Illinois, police said.

Erick Adin Angeles, 21, of Lafayette, IN, was allegedly caught with more than $2,200 worth of shirts he stole from Express.

An Express security guard reportedly spotted Angeles, also known as Carlos Martinez, and another man in the store. One of the men was "carrying a huge black shopping bag, and the guard saw one of the men "remove a huge amount of men's dress shirts from the hanger rack and place them inside the shopping bag."

The man then moved on to "remove a second large quantity of men's dress shirts from the display hanging rack and conceal them inside of the same shopping bag," police said.

The security guard nabbed Angeles after he left the store and stashed the bag in a Chevy Venture van, police said. The other man escaped and apparently remains at large.

"The merchandise was located in a foil-lined 'booster bag' which defeated the sensor detection stands," police said.

The Express security guard reportedly filled police officers in on a "retail theft crew" that is known to "work in pairs and usually steal in the range of $5,000 and $8,000 of merchandise every time," according to a department report.

"The entire Express chain is aware of these crews," police said. "The dollar value attributed to these crews is about $70,000 over numerous stores in several states."

The police said they reached out to Express Regional Michael Wassinger who told them Angeles or "his crew" had a hand "in very large dollar value retail thefts" from stores in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Lafayette. In Illinois the crew had hit stores in Fox Valley, Naperville, Chicago Ridge, Aurora and Orland Park.

The arrested man had an Indiana identification bearing the name Erick Adin Angeles and a Wisconsin ID for Carlos Martinez. He reportedly told police he paid $200 for the Wisconsin identification and another $200 for a fake social security card.

Angeles refused to give up his partner's name—or even concede that he was working with anyone—but was otherwise candid about his life of crime, police said.

Angeles "admitted to the theft," police said, "informing us, 'that's how he gets his money.'"
Tom Badger May 14, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Pat Kittle : How long have you been a Jew Hater ?
Daniella Ruiz June 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM
his face is now included in the NSA database, perhaps the other person was imaged and set off to them too. we have technology coming out of our ayses, and the sheep people refuse to make the best use of it. while we may remember this guys mug in our own unreliable mind, a database won't forget it, making it far more reliable in a court of law. Israel has been busy creating all sorts of technology/software, specifically security type, regarding the control of 'personas' in their country. now they are selling that very technology to us. makes you think, eh?

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