Fairfax County police arrested a Maryland man known to the loss prevention team at Saks Fifth Avenue in Tysons Galleria as familiar shoplifter.
Detectives caught up with Olatune Oladinni, 41, Friday afternoon in the mall parking lot, where they said he had a stolen jacket with him that was worth $3,500.
It turns out Saks has been looking into Oladinni’s suspected thefts since October.
In his apartment, Fairfax County police said they found additional merchandise worth more $49,000, as well as tools that would circumvent merchandise alarm systems.
He is charged with grand larceny, larceny with intent to distribute, and possession of burglarious tools.
In another case involving Saks, the police busted a Baltimore-area theft crew that had targeted the retailer, as well as Neiman Marcus.
The police said on November 27 three men “successfully made purchases at Neiman Marcus for over $8,000 before attempting to use stolen credit cards at Saks Fifth Avenue without success.”
The three had 44 stolen checks and 29 stolen credit cards in their possession, police said.
Vernon Lee Brown III, 21, of Baltimore; Jaylin Oliver, 21, of Owings Mill; and Elijah Walker, 25, of Baltimore face a host of charges from credit card theft to wearing a mask in public to conceal their identities.
Earlier in November, at Tysons Corner Center, police recovered more that $38,787 in goods stolen from Macy’s and arrested Cedric Murrel Milton, 47, of Bealeton, who was seen pushing a cart of stolen merchandise from the scene.
The Tysons Urban Team in recent months also arrested three New Yorkers who allegedly stole $15,000 in goods from Express, H&M, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle, Guess, and Sunglass Hut in Tysons Corner Center.
In September, they arrested another trio from New York after they tried to make a $21,000 purchase with a stolen credit card at the Louis Vuitton store in Tysons. In the latter case, police recovered about $15,000 in fraudulently purchased merchandise.
Feature image courtesy Fairfax County Police Department
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