6-state shoplifting ring hit pharmacies for over $10 million


Prosecutors allege that Linda Been, 48 was the ringleader. The Tulsa woman arrested under an alias, is listed in jail records as Linda Gann.

Been and her son, Curtis Leon Gann, Jr were alleged to have sold the stolen goods, including over-the-counter medications, on their eBay accounts.

Been also provided the shoplifters with detailed lists of the items to steal. And she paid their travel expenses to travel from state-to-state. If any of her gang were arrested she provided them with bond money to keep them out of jail.

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Shoplifting ring targeted big-name retailers

Over-the-counter medications were on the top of the “to steal” list. That includes prescription-free drugs like Flonase, Nexium, Mucinex, and Allegra. And at this point stolen goods were passed on to “fences” outside of Oklahoma to be sold on e-commerce sites like Amazon and eBay.

Prosecutors say the defendants targeted primarily big-name retailers. And hit Walmart, Costco, Walgreens, CVS, Sprouts and GNC on a daily basis. They operated throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.