This Week in Electronics Retail CrimeApril 17, 2009 By Stephen Silver
An Ohio ring that stole trucks bound for retail chains is facing 15 counts, of charges including theft, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property and even racketeering. According to the Brooklyn Sun newspaper in the Cleveland area, the seven-man ring is accused of stealing delivery trucks and trailers from several retailers, including BJ's, JC Penney and Walmart. Two of the men allegedly used a trucking business that they owned, which was also named in the indictment.
Cape Cod RadioShack Robbed
A RadioShack store in Hyannis, Mass., was robbed last week by an unarmed man who entered the store and asked for money. The store did not have security cameras, the Cape Cod Times reported.
Ex-Walmart Employee Caught Stealing
An 18-year-old Illinois man has been arrested and charged with stealing $3,000 in electronic equipment from a Walmart where he formerly worked. According to the Daily Herald newspaper, the man had been stealing iPods from the store and leaving the empty boxes in the employee bathroom. After suspicious activity, he was put under surveillance by store management, and caught in the act. He faces up to five years in prison on felony theft charges.
Couple Charged With Walmart Theft
A couple in upstate New York has been arrested and charged with stealing multiple times from area Walmart locations. The man and woman were arrested for three counts of petty larceny and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, after the two allegedly used a five-year-old child to assist in the theft of a camera from a Super Walmart. The woman allegedly also stole a USB thumb drive from another Walmart the following week, WROC TV reported.
Man With Truck Steals TV
An Ohio man last week crashed his pickup truck into a Big Lots store and stole a 42-inch Toshiba TV. The man, according to local TV station WLWT, had backed his truck into the store at 9:30 p.m., after which he places the TV in the bed of the truck and drove away. He remains at large.