March 16, 2017

Monroe men nabbed in multi-state retail theft ring

NEW YORK – Two Monroe County men are among 12 alleged members of a massive criminal theft and fencing ring that infiltrated New York and 27 other states across the country. The suspects were arrested in one of the largest-ever busts of a retail theft ring.

Among those arrested, Gregory Anastasiou, a/k/a “Captain Frank”, 38, a ring “Captain,” of East Stroudsburg, and Joseph Pooler, a/k/a “Baby Arm Johnson”, 41, a “Sergeant,” of Stroudsburg, PA

A 41-count indictment, unsealed in New York Supreme Court today, charged the 12 alleged co-conspirators with enterprise corruption, money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy. The 12-person ring with stealing over $12 million in high-end electronics & ink cartridges from Staples, Office Depot, BestBuy in 28 states and reselling merchandise on Amazon and eBay.

“As we allege, this brazen ring of criminals methodically stole millions from stores across 28 states – resulting in one of the largest-ever busts of a retail theft ring,” said New York Attorney General Schneiderman.

Arraignment proceedings began on Wednesday.  If convicted, each of the defendants face between 8 to 25 years behind bars.

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