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Ring of theft & property crimes spreads to New Hampshire

Since security does not always keep up with technology, identity theft is a possibility against which many people take precautions. However, some residents of New Hampshire may be unknowingly involved in an organized system of theft & property crimes that begins with stolen identities. One man who was arrested recently may lead police to a crime ring covering several states.

Police were on the phone with a frightened woman who claimed a man was banging on her front door when the man allegedly broke into her house and stole two packages that had been delivered to the woman's home that day. Officers quickly responded and were able to locate the man whom they say belongs to an organized crime ring originating in another state. The ring apparently steals credit card information and uses it to make online purchases. The packages are then delivered to random homes in various states.

The thieves allegedly pick up the packages before the homeowners are aware they have been delivered. However, sometimes the homeowner retrieves the packages before the thieves are able to. When police opened the packages delivered to the New Hampshire woman, they found a credit card with a $17,000 limit on it. Over the past two months, police report answering numerous calls from people who received packages labeled with their addresses but someone else's name.

After his arrest, the man in this case was charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. He is believed to be one of several people from the organization committing theft & property crimes in the area. The man's attorney will be examining the evidence to build a strong defense. It is possible they may be able to negotiate a plea deal in exchange for information about the larger crime ring and its leaders.

Source: fox25boston.com, "Police: Crime ring running identity and package theft scheme in New Hampshire", Sept. 29, 2016

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