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Police: "Fit" thief sported surgical mask, scrubs to rob business


Houston police are asking for the public’s help to find a man they say donned a surgical mask, scrubs and a black baseball cap to rob a cash loan business at gunpoint in southwest Houston last December.

Police say the man walked into a cash loan business in the 8300 block of W. Bellfort around 11:45am on December 30, 2014, and held the clerk at gunpoint.

He escaped with money from the register.

Police say the suspect is a black male in his early 20’s. He approximately 5’6″-5’8″ tall and has a “fit” build.

If you have any information about this crime, or any other felony crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Surveillance Footage of Cash Store Robbery Released



Corpus Christi police have released new video showing a man who allegedly robbed a cash loan business in the 4200 block of South Staples last Monday.

According to police, on Dec. 29 the suspect entered the store and demanded cash, telling employees that he had a gun. He never displayed weapon, but got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

If you have any information that can help police identify or locate this suspect, please call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.


Police Looking for Suspect in Cash Store Armed Robbery



Corpus Christi police are on the lookout for a man that allegedly robbed a cash loan business on South Staples Street Monday afternoon.

The robbery took place at around 3 p.m. at the cash store located in the 4200 block of South Staples Street. The suspect told employees that he had a gun, but never displayed the weapon. He got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s. If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.


Are You Cash-Strapped? Avoid These 5 Potential Scams


If money’s tight, you’re probably looking for any way to get some cash and get it quick. But if you don’t do your homework, you could end up in a worse situation.

Scam artists prey on vulnerable consumers by making them think they have solutions to financial woes when they’re really just trying to take their money.

With consumer debt at a whopping $11.28 trillion, it’s easy to see why con artists try to take advantage of people in dire financial straits.

“When the economy goes into recession, these organizations and scam artists come out of the woodwork,” says Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. “People who need money are really grasping at any straw to stay afloat.”

Here are five potential schemes to watch out for:

Advance-Fee Loans: Any loan company that asks you to pay fees upfront before approving a loan is breaking the law. In this scheme, the con artist insists on the consumer paying taxes or fees before they’ll issue the loan. (A legitimate lender also will charge fees; but they’ll take it out of the money they lend you.) Red flag No. 1: If a loan company doesn’t care about your credit history, you probably can’t trust them. They don’t care about your credit because they never intend on giving you the loan. Red flag No. 2: Don’t trust a loan company that keeps calling you. Often these scams are based in other countries. Scammers may “spoof” local numbers, so it looks like you’re getting a call from a legitimate U.S. number, but you’re not. Work-from-Home: The potential to earn cash from your bed sounds great. The problem is that scam artists know this, too – and they try to sell people expensive starter kits or training or make them put in lots of unpaid hours before their fake “opportunity” disappears. These schemes can take many forms, including envelope-stuffing, assembly or craft-work, rebate processing, online searching and medical billing. The reality, says the FTC – “many of these jobs are scams.” Make sure you thoroughly research any work-from-home offer and fully understand the compensation plan. For more, the FTC’s website HERE. Lotteries and Giveaways: Legitimate sweepstakes do not ask you to pay money to increase your odds of winning. Nor do they ask you to wire money to insure your winnings or pay taxes before you can collect your prize money. If you receive a prize notification mailed by bulk rate, it’s probably fake; ditto with overseas lotteries. And beware any sweepstakes offer that says you have to attend a sales presentation to win a prize. You will be put into a high-pressure meeting that forces you to act fast before the prize or opportunity is gone. Mortgage Relief: Watch out for foreclosure rescue scams. Some companies offer phony counseling or phantom legal help. The scammers tell you to a pay a fee for them to negotiate with a lender to lower your mortgage payments. But once you send your money, they stop communicating with you, leaving you in worse shape with your lender. Other scams involve title fraud, such as “rent-to-buy” schemes in which scammers have you surrender the title to your house. Similarly, the bait-and-switch loan scam asks you to sign for a new loan to make your mortgage current, but in the documents, there’s a section that surrenders the title to your house in exchange for the rescue loan. Student Aid: The first thing to remember is don’t pay to find aid money. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is – just like the name says – free. Use the FAFSA to apply for federal grants and loans. You don’t need to pay a service to find these for you. If you’re struggling with student debt, the government can help you consolidate your student loans — for free. For info on consolidation as well as federal student aid programs, check out

Inoculating yourself against rip-offs:

Deals that seem too good to be true most likely are. Don’t fall for miracle offers. Do not pay with money orders, cash or wire transfers whenever possible. Often times a credit card company can stop a fraudulent payment within 60 days. Research companies before doing business. Check with the Attorney General in the state in which the company operates, the Better Business Bureau and other online consumer sources. For trustworthy, non-profit consumer credit help, contact the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Check out the Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Federal Trade Commission for more tips and ways to file a complaint about a scam. You can do so at the BBB too.

Got a consumer problem? The ABC News Fixer may be able to help. Click here to submit your problem online. Letters are edited for length and clarity.


Victims In Armed Robbery At OKC Cash Advance Store Speak Out


Oklahoma City police are looking for a man who held up a local check cashing business. This all happened on Friday morning at the Cash Advance loan store near NW 63rd and Meridian Ave.

Despite the scary ordeal, both women were back at work Monday morning, but one of them is transferring. News 9 agreed not to show her face or identify her, but she was willing to share their terrifying ordeal, which was all caught on the store’s surveillance camera.

“He come in acting like he was a regular person,” said the worker. “But I could tell he was doing something, because he was kind of irritated in a way you know?”

It is hard for this employee to recall Friday’s robbery without breaking down. The surveillance video shows the man talking with the women at the counter, acting like he is going to apply for a loan. Moments later he pulls out a gun and demands for the two women to give him all the money they have.

“And he kept saying where’s the rest of the money,” said the worker. “And I said that’s all we got, because we don’t carry very much money. We carry enough to make change, that’s it.”

7/28/2014 Related Story: Suspects Sought After Robbing OKC Cash Advance Store

The gunman even gave them a plastic bag to put all the money in. And he doesn’t leave until he is satisfied that they have indeed given him all the money in the store. This worker says that’s when the gunman told them both to get down on the ground, while he tried to make his way out the back room.

“I heard him open up the backdoor and I could see through the crack that it was open,” said the worker. “So I thought he was gone.”

But he wasn’t and that’s when this employee decided to get up, only to come face to face with the robber again.

“He pointed a gun at me again,” said the worker holding back tears. “And he told me to get back down. I thought he was going to shoot me.”

Fortunately he did not and instead made his getaway. Those working at the neighboring businesses can’t believe this happened along this shopping strip. None of them were robbed, but this is the second time the Cash Advance has been hit in span of three months.

“It makes you feel helpless because there’s nothing you can do” said the worker.

Police are hoping that anyone who recognizes that guy will call their Crime Stoppers line at (405) 235-7300.

Police say the other robbery happened at the end of April. In that one, two men presented a note in a red folder to the workers, demanding cash and forced the women to the floor. But in that robbery they did not show a weapon.


Two killed in pawn shop attack


Loan store workers stabbed with sharp object, say policeScene of crime officers cordoned off the Ezy Cash store last night. Photo / Chris Loufte

Police were last night hunting those suspected of stabbing to death two pawn store workers in an armed robbery in South Auckland.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said the two Ezy Cash loan shop workers suffered “violent deaths” and police were looking for a sharp object.

Police were called to the store in Great South Rd, Takanini, at 1.10pm yesterday after a panic alarm activation. They found two people dead at the back of the premises.

Last night a police cordon surrounded the Ezy Cash loan shop, where the bodies were expected to remain overnight. Road blocks were due to remain in place between Taka St and Glenora Rd while a scene investigation took place.

Wally Thompson, one of the last people to see one of the victims, described a store worker, aged in his 50s, as “a great guy”.

“He was just so helpful.”

He went to Ezy Cash just an hour before the tragedy, but left because he didn’t have the documents he needed. When he returned about 2.30pm, he found police surrounding the scene.

Police interviewed him and another couple also in the shop before the incident. They told the trio they were among the last to see one of the victims alive.

“My interview with the police was like being in a movie. They were being honest with us and they said ‘there’s two people in there that were stabbed’.”

Despite the danger, he wished he had been in the shop when the incident happened. “If that happened I would’ve done something to help him. I couldn’t let that happen.”

Paris Evans, 14, was next door at Super Cheap Auto with friends when the stabbings occurred.

He said he had been told a suspicious van had been parked outside.

“We couldn’t believe this happened. It’s pretty sad.”

Police were appealing for sightings of a Maori or Pacific Island man aged in his 20s and a woman, whose description was not known.

The pair were seen leaving the shop just before police arrived.

“We are in the very early stages of the investigation and currently have very limited knowledge of what occurred at the scene,” said Lynch.

“Police need to identify and speak to these two people to ascertain whether they have any information relating to the incident.”

Police refused to confirm how the pair were killed, or what weapon was used.

The victims had yet to be identified, but police believed they worked at the store.

Anyone with information should call Counties Manukau police on (09) 261 1300 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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Spartanburg police seeking pair who robbed check cashing business

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.

Spartanburg police are on the lookout for those involved in an armed robbery at a Check Into Cash loan services business Monday afternoon.

A masked man and woman came into the store at 1450 W.O. Ezell Boulevard at about 3:30 p.m. demanding money, an employee told the Spartanburg Police Department after the incident.

The man indicated he had a weapon, said Capt. Art Littlejohn, commander of the Spartanburg Police Department patrol division.

“I don’t think she (the employee) saw a gun, but they came in and he said he had a gun and that it was a robbery and that they were being robbed,” Littlejohn said.

The business cooperated and handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the pair before they left the store.

According to a statement from the department, the two were last seen running toward Crown Point Apartments on Powell Mill Road.

When police first arrived on scene, a perimeter was set up to search for the fleeing individuals.

A K-9 Unit was used to track the duo, and the track led officers to a nearby parking lot. The K-9 lost the scent at the parking lot, leading police to think the suspected robbers then entered a vehicle and drove away, Littlejohn said.

Police later received a tip from a witness who said the two drove away in a grey, four-door Chevrolet Impala.

Surveillance camera images released by the Spartanburg Police Department show a man and woman inside the store, stealing cash from a register with both of their faces covered.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC and callers can remain anonymous.


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COMMUNITY groups are being urged to apply for a share of cash confiscated from loan sharks.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team has teamed up with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to put together the Your Choice scheme.

It gives residents a say in how money taken from loan sharks – such as Giovanni Caruso, of Foley Street, Fenton, jailed for four-and-a-half years in April, 2012 – is spent to improve their community.

The specialist team which investigates and prosecute loan sharks has put forward £3,000 worth of proceeds of crime money to fund as many projects as possible.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “This scheme will help to raise awareness and protect our community.”

For an application form, e-mail or telephone 07500 809 339.

Community groups have until Friday, January 31, to place their bids for a share of the cash.


Financial Juneteenth | Blacks use payday loans more than anyone …

by Tiara Williams

We have all experienced days when we are strapped for cash and an extra $100-300 would seemingly make all of our problems go away. Opting not to to ask family and friends for the financial bail out, we turn to other solutions, like advance pay day loan companies.

Though pay day loans are marketed as a temporary fix, a cycle is developed where borrowers are given just enough to get by, but not enough to cover all costs. This creates a dangerous cycle of dependency, which is great for loan companies but unfortunate for borrowers, especially in low income households. Because, likely the concern is getting by, and less about APR rates and fine print on the loans.

According to a study from the Safe Small-Dollar Loans Research Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Twelve percent of African-Americans have taken out payday loans, more than twice the figure for whites (4 percent), and twice the figure for Hispanics and other races or ethnicities (both at 6 percent).

In recent news, it’s been reported that black communities, more specifically black teens, across the country are being critically affected by the labor market. They are struggling to find employment in cities like Chicago, DC, and New York where the crime rates are high and the probability for employment is low. Several million African Americans have been turning to pay-day loans as a quick resolve to low income issues. With high unemployment rates, unpredictable daily crises, and vulnerable desperate people, the pay day loan industry has grown into a billion dollar industry.

The average payout is $375, with an average cost of of $55 on each loan. Borrowers can take out as many as eight loans per year, spending approximately $520 on interest, with each loan lasting about 18 days before additional fees are added.

There is no quick fix for our economic woes, but certainly pay day loans are not the answer. Here are three quick alternatives to consider before getting your next pay day loan.

1. Ask Your Employer for an pay day advance.

Remember the saying, you never know until you ask, well asking may get you the extra cash that you need. These days, employers have financial perks and advance options. Don’t discard asking a family member or friend for the money, you never know who may have an emergency stash lying around.

2. Clean out your closet.

Sometimes, we have money sitting in our closets. In most cases, we have clothes, shoes or collectibles that we have never worn or used. Consider selling items on ebay, craigslist, or amazon.

3. Find a random gig.

There are online communities like craigslist, ebay classifieds, Oodle, U-exchange where people are constantly looking to employee others to do random gigs or jobs for them. If you can paint, help the elderly, instruct a yoga class or sew this may be an option for you.


Man sought in heist of payday-loan store

Published: 11/30/2013

Man sought in heist of payday-loan store

Toledo police are seeking information about the robbery Wednesday of a cash-advance loan business in which an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

Authorities say a man with a blue-steel handgun entered Pay Day Loans in the 2600 block of Dorr Street at 2:45 p.m., ordered two employees to a restroom, and shut them in. Once he got the cash, he fled with it in an unknown direction, police said.

The man was described as about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stopper program.