June 16, 2016
Posted by: The United States Attorney's Office District of Maryland- www.justice.gov
Baltimore City landfill employee sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for stealing scrap metal and filing false tax returns. Read More
December 15, 2015
Posted by: S.P. Sullivan- NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Trenton - Authorities on Tuesday said the State Police had broken up a South Jersey shoplifting ring that allegedly stole more than $100,000 worth of clothing from regional discounts stores.Read More
August 13, 2015
Posted by: Colin Campbell- The Baltimore Sun
BALTIMORE- A Baltimore pawn shop operator has been indicted in a $1 million scheme to sell stolen goods on eBay. Read More
June 2, 2015
Posted by: WMAR Staff
BALTIMORE - Eleven people, including several Baltimore City employees, are facing federal bribery and theft charges related to two schemes to defraud the city. Watch Video
February 15, 2013
Posted by: Ryan Ross, NBC40.net
EGG HARBOR TWP. - Thieves beware, the Regional Automated Property Information Database, or RAPID, is making it more difficult to sell stolen precious metals and other items in Egg Harbor Township.
"What it should do is make people think twice about selling stolen merchandise because it's easier for this merchandise to be tracked and pin it to a crime," said president of Beachcomber Coins and Collectibles Douglas Keefe. " " f" Read more
October 23, 2012
By Ed Komenda, Sun Sentinel
"LAKE WORTH, FL. - The couple pawned $200,000 in stolen jewelry for a little more than $16,000 – quick cash, deputies say, for a quick fix.
On Wednesday, deputies arrested Lake Worth couple Klytia Benitez, 24, and Patrick Connolly, 25, on charges they sold Connolly's father's jewelry in 25 pawn transactions since March.
On Aug. 13, Nick Austin, Connolly's father, called police when he discovered someone had stolen much of his high-valued jewelry, including a custom Rolex President watch with a diamond bezel and blue face worth more than $10,000.
Detectives noted the approximate value of the stolen jewelry as more than $200,000." Read more
July 19, 2012
By Ed Komenda, Sun Sentinel
"The detective shined his flashlight on Bill Breede's Boston-centric bookshelf.
There, next to a Boston Red Sox dinner plate, an 8-inch square of dust said it all: someone stole his baseball signed by the Splendid Splinter.
Breede yelled: "That's my Ted Williams spot!"
The Ted Williams autographed baseball eventually landed in the hands of a Lake Worth pawn broker who said he bought the ball from 25-year-old Shane Cashman, of BocaRaton, for $80. Cashman turned himself in to Boca Raton Police Thursday after detectives learned he had sold several of Breede's things on a pawn shop tour across Palm Beach County." Read more
January 3, 2012
Reported by: Carey Codd, CBS Local
"FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – One morning last summer, Stephen Smith got into his car to go to work and noticed something unusual.
“I went to grab my GPS and it wasn’t there,” Smith said. “That’s when I started realizing someone had broken into my car.”
The thief stole Smith’s GPS out of a glove compartment, a couple of power cords and some paperwork.
He doubted if he’d ever get his GPS back." Read more
September 28, 2011
By Julius Whigham, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
"Three people were arrested Wednesday after authorities raided a Boca Raton pawnshop suspected of selling stolen dental hygiene products.
A precise estimate of the value of the stolen items was unavailable, but investigators said it could total more than $3 million.
Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies raided Citi Pawn in the 900 block of North Dixie Highway and arrested its manager, Igor Roytikh, 44, on charges that included dealing in stolen property - some of which came from as far away as Tequesta and Cutler Ridge in southern Miami-Dade County - and aggravated retail theft." Read More
October 31, 2011
The Baltimore County Police Department’s Pawn Unit reported to the RAPID HELPDESK that on 9-20-2011, Baltimore County Police were notified of a theft of copper from hardware dealer. In this case the suspect had illegally obtained copper from various locations in Baltimore County using a stolen credit card. This credit card was stolen during a residential burglary in Harford County.
Baltimore County Pawn Unit placed a hold on the credit card, and one suspect was identified as he tried to purchase a new generator with the stolen card. A PROCEDURAL check through RAPID using this name found that the suspect and an accomplice had completed 6 transactions with a local scrapyard between 8-30-2011 and 9-2-2011 and made over $1500. Further RAPID transactions found one suspect received $288 for the sale of copper.
Two suspects have been charged.
Total loss for this case: $3,512.17 RECOVERED: $899.00
NOTE: Investigation is ongoing to identify a third suspect further charges are expected.
October 30, 2011
The Kent County Sheriff’s Office reported to the RAPID HELPDESK that on October 18th, 2011 a victim reported that someone had stolen from their home, jewelry and silverware worth approximately $10,500. A PROCEDURAL check of RAPID was conducted and two suspects were immediately identified. The suspects were identified as the victim’s daughter and grandson, and the property had been sold to a dealer/shop in Salisbury. Criminal charges are pending.
October 29, 2011
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office reported to the RAPID HELPDESK that on 10-13-2011 deputies took a report of a residential burglary with multiple pieces of jewelry stolen. A PROCEDURAL check of RAPID resulted in the immediate identification of two suspects who had sold similar jewelry to a local precious metal dealer.
A search warrant was executed at the suspects’ residence and more property from the initial burglary was recovered. In addition, property belonging to 2 other burglary victims was recovered.
Two suspects were arrested and charged with these three burglaries and related offenses, and 3 MORE burglaries were closed. Recovered property value is $13,750.
October 28, 2011
Anne Arundel County reported to the RAPID HELPDESK that during a daily review of their RAPID transactions they noticed that a “class ring” was sold by someone whose name was different than that of the name inscribed in the ring. A subsequent investigation confirmed that the ring had been stolen and then sold by one of the residential cleaners contracted to clean the victim homeowner’s house.
Further investigation revealed that the seller had been selling jewelry to 3 different precious metal dealers over a 2 month period. RAPID recorded that seller had conducted 22 transactions and received over $7,000 for the jewelry she sold. These records led investigators to the discovery of more than 24 victims who had property (mostly jewelry) stolen from their homes while Beers was cleaning.
One confirmed victim had not even reported the crime to police, however their jewelry was recovered! The value of property stolen from these victims has been reported at approximately $70,000
October 27, 2011
Since taking responsibility for the Automotive Dismantler records RAPID continues to sees daily success by MD Law Enforcement. Just yesterday, Prince Georges County and Howard County Police reported to the HELPDESK that they have arrested and are charging a single suspect who, by using RAPID, they have connected to the possession and sale, to an MD ADR, of 14 STOLEN Vehicles. 12 of those vehicles were stolen from Prince George’s County and 2 from Howard. This is a great case with more details to come.
NOTE: Between October 1, 2011 and October 25, 2011, the RAPID Team sent out 52 VIN NCIC hit notifications to law enforcement agencies in the state. Breakdown of the hits:
1 Wanted Person Vehicle
1 Endangered Missing Person
5 Sex Offender vehicles
1 Terrorist Watch List
44 Stolen Vehicles
20 Million Dollar Investigation - March 26, 2010
Federal indictment targets pawn shop owners
Investigators raided several pawn shops in city and Baltimore County on Thursday, as part of a crackdown on a money-laundering scheme involving the transportation of more than $20 million in stolen goods, according to WBAL and the US Attorney's Office.
Police raided a shop in the 3500 block of South Hanover Street in Brooklyn. Two blocks away, Easy Money Pawn Shop on West Patapso Street was also raided, as well as Shawn's Quik Cash at Fifth Street and East Patapsco Street, and Instant Cash, located at 10th and East Patapsco Street.
WBAL said investigators carried out bags containing possible evidence, and a gun. The lead defendant in the case is Jerome Stal, 40, of Baltimore, who was convicted in 2002 of transportation of stolen property and sentenced to two years in prison, and the indictment calls for the forfeiture of $20 million, 58 bank accounts and 10 businesses.
Coincidentally, in today's paper Peter Hermann profiled law enforcement and legislative efforts to crack down on pawn shops.
Here's more from the US Attorney's Office's press release on the indictment from yesterday:
15 INDICTED IN $20 MILLION MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY
Allegedly Laundered the Proceeds from the Transportation of Stolen Property Worth Over $20 Million
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted 15 individuals in a money laundering conspiracy involving the proceeds from the transportation of stolen property worth over $20 million. The indictment was returned on March 23, 2010 and unsealed today upon the arrest of the defendants. The following defendants have been charged:
Jerome Ira Stal, age 40, of Baltimore;
Spencer Michael Garonzik, age 43, of Baltimore;
Jared Baraloto, age 36, of Monkton;
Jason Logue, age 37, of Middle River;
Louis Leitch, Sr., age 61, of Sparrows Point;
Michael Brian Levy, age 51, of Baltimore;
Jared Lee Ezra, age 41, of Reisterstown;
Warren Allen Culver II, age 31, of Dundalk;
Daniel Filip Mimer, age 28, of Baltimore;
Robert Anthony Reed, age 27, of Baltimore;
Michael Paul Ender, age 32, of Glen Burnie;
Justin Noel Mayhew, age 29, of Baltimore;
Scott Bradford, age 48, of Glen Burnie;
William Cooper, Jr., age 36, of Baltimore; and
Nick Acosta, age 22, of Baltimore.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Postal Inspector in Charge Daniel S. Cortez of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and Special Agent in Charge C. André Martin of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to launder the proceeds derived from the transportation of stolen property worth over $20 million. The indictment seeks forfeiture of $20 million, and the assets of 10 businesses and 58 bank accounts associated with the defendants, which were allegedly involved in the offense.
As part of the ongoing investigation, over 100 law enforcement officers from six agencies executed search warrants at 30 locations today. All the defendants were arrested today. Other than the indictment, there are no other public documents available at this time.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the money laundering conspiracy. The defendants are each expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore beginning at 2:00 p.m. today.
Mr. Rosenstein expressed appreciation to Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger, Special Agent in Charge Thomas P. Doyle of the Food and Drug Administration - Office of Criminal Investigations and their offices, for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Kwame J. Manley and Mark W. Crooks, who are prosecuting the case.
Maryland Launches RAPID
Police fine new 'RAPID' data base 'golden' results are positive in just one month. Read more
Regional Pawn Data Sharing System (RPDSS) wins technology award - Tuesday, June 6, 2006
The Regional Pawn Database Sharing System (RPDSS) has been developed to serve the Washington metropolitan area. Nineteen local law enforcement agencies in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are sharing pawn transaction data through the Web enabled project. The project was developed using grant funds made available in the COPS Technology Grant #2002CKWX0044. Read more
Washington DC Announces Implementation of BWI Built System
On March 15, 2005, Congressman Jim Moran introduced a Regional Pawn Data Sharing System developed and commissioned by Business Watch International. Read more