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The Week in Electronics Retail Crime

September 24, 2009 By Stephen Silver
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Rewards-Point Stealing Mailman Pleads Guilty
A Minnesota postal worker has plead guilty to a scheme in which he stole almost $200,000 in Best Buy reward points. According to the Star Tribune, the 50-year-old Postal Service supervisor stole the certificates and used them to buy 371 items, with the use of eight fraudulent member accounts. Sentencing in pending in the case.

Couple Sues Walmart Over Bath Photos
A couple has filed a lawsuit against both Walmart and the state of Arizona after photographers submitted for developing got them reported to police. The couple had taken pictures of their three young children bathing to Walmart, and when store employees found the pictures, they notified police, according to the Arizona Republic. The couple, who had their children taken from them for several weeks, say the incident was an innocent misunderstanding, and are suing because the incident led to "emotional stress, headaches, nightmares, a general feeling of malaise, shock to their nervous system, grief and depression."

Serial Theft Arrested in Walmart Theft

A man in Indiana was arrested last week and charged with attempting to steal a 32-inch TV from a local Walmart. According to the Star Press newspaper the man, who has been arrested on similar charges numerous other times, was chased out of the store by security personnel, who ultimately apprehended him in the parking lot of a nearby bowling alley.

Drug Raid Leads to Wii Session
Police in Lakeland, Fla., who raided the house of a local drug kingpin subsequently played a Nintendo Wii bowling game at the suspect's home- for nine hours. According to local TV station News Channel 8, police from several different departments, including supervisors, took time out from searching the home for drugs to play the Wii game, actions that were caught on a home security system. Police brass apologized for the incident, but noted that police often have "lots of down time" while awaiting search warrants.

Walmart Employee Arrested For Porn Demo
Two men, one an employee at a Walmart in Arkansas, were arrested last week after they were caught playing hardcore pornographic videos on store TVs during business hours. According to the Times Record newspaper, the two 20-year-olds replaced a promotional DVD with porn content, which showed on six in-store TVs at around 10:45 p.m. After a customer notified a manager, a local TV station showed their pictures as part of a Crime Stoppers segment. After they were identified, a felony obscenity complaint was filed and the two men were arrested. The men, police said, "just thought they were pulling a prank."
 

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