The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Man Convicted in Best Buy Murder
A South Carolina man has been found guilty of the murder of another man outside a Best Buy in 2007. According to the Sun News newspaper, defendant Richard Niles was convicted of both murder and armed robbery in the death of James Salter. Niles was sentenced to 30 years; his girlfriend and co-defendent was acquitted of murder but convicted on the robbery charge and sentenced to 15 years.
Installers Catch Best Buy Thieves
Two Colorado men who stole $1,000 worth of car audio equipment from a local Best Buy were caught after police notified area car audio installers, who turned the men in. According to local TV station KRDO, when police arrived at Drive-In Auto Sound in Colorado Springs, one of the suspects attempted to flee but was tased and then arrested.
Northridge Players Will Stand Trial
Four men associated with the Cal State Northridge basketball team- including two players and the son of the team's coach- will stand trial for stealing more than $6,000 worth of merchandise from a Best Buy in January. A judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence for the case to proceed. The Northridge team qualified for the NCAA tournament and will face second-seeded Memphis Thursday.