The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Sharp Employee Accused of Theft
A Texas woman who formerly sold copies for Sharp was sued last month by the company for stealing $118,600 and falsifying documents. According to UltimateCyFair.com, the woman continued to file sales documents for years after she was let go by the company in 2006.
Florida Burglaries May Be Connected
A pair of recent attempted break-ins at a CompUSA location in South Florida may be connected to a series of other burglaries in the area. According to WSVN, the thefts have generally entailed early-morning window break-ins followed by thefts of electronics, and the team of robbers reportedly has six members.
Man Accused of Theft, Threats
A Pennsylvania man was arrested last week and charged with stealing $2,600 worth of merchandise from a local appliance store, and also threatening to kill a woman who knew about the crime. According to the Daily Local, the 27-year-old man stole a TV, a home theater and two Blu-ray players from a store where he was formerly employed. He was charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, as well as intimidation of witnesses or victims, terroristic threats and harassment.
It's Complicated at Ohio Walmart
A pair of sisters pulled a complicated theft at a Walmart in Ohio last month in they at one point threatened to call the police on store security. According to Storefront Backtalk's account of the entire sordid tale, the two women stole software packages from the store, approached the exit without paying, and then pushed their cart out the door and explained that they hadn't stolen anything. The sisters then called police on the personnel, accusing them of "harassment and improper detention." Police then reviewed video, saw what had really happened and had the women arrested- but not before one of the sisters pretended that she was pregnant and that her water had broken, and police found additional stolen merchandise in their car.
Fargo Thief Agrees to Restitution
One of the defendants in the Fargo Best Buy theft case has agreed to pay $1,800 in restitution for the thefts. According to WDAY, Chernel Magaga, one of the 12 defendants, plead guilty last month and received 45 days in jail.