Police Looking to Fight Holiday Retail Crime

Lookout for Thieves in Local Malls

Friday, Dec 2, 2011  |  Updated 9:50 AM EDT
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Police Looking to Fight Holiday Retail Crime

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Now that the holiday shopping season is here, police in Fairfax County are keeping a lookout for con artists and thieves.

Police said they've already recovered $30,000 worth of stolen merchandise this season.

Last week, a man was caught trying to use a fraudulent credit card to buy a $10,000 Rolex watch at a high-end jewelry store in Tyson's Corner.

The Washington Post reports: "When police searched [suspect Paul A.] Danzo and his car, they found $20,000 worth of jewelry and other items he had allegedly bought with stolen credit cards in Maryland and Virginia, authorities said. He was wanted in Prince George’s for theft and other charges."

Police are going undercover at local malls to find other thieves.

"What we're looking for now in Tysons Corner is the out-of-state crime rings that are coming into this area," said Fairfax Police Lieutenant Tony Matos. "Tysons Corner, Fair Oaks and Fairfax County in general is known for a very high-income, wealthy population."

Police said last year, iPhones were one of the most popular items stolen. This year, it's a variety of electronics and expensive clothing.
 

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