The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Man Cuts Through Fence in Walmart Theft
An Iowa man allegedly cut through a fence- causing $1,500 worth of damage- as part of a plot to steal TVs and other electronics from a Walmart location. According to the WCF Courier newspaper, 21-year-old Marcus Masahiro Morishige was arrested and charged with second- and third-degree theft, as well as second-degree criminal mischief, after police determined he hid the items near a fenced-in area, and later cut through the fence to retrieve them. He was arrested after attempting the same theft again the following day.
Police Shooting in Best Buy Parking Lot
Police responding to reports of suspicious activity at a Best Buy parking lot in Florida got into a shootout with suspects that resulted in the death of one suspect and a second victim airlifted to the hospital. According to the local NBC affiliate, the shootout took place in broad daylight in the parking lot of the location in Kendall, Fla. Two other suspects were arrested. Police from the Miami-Dade force had been conducting surveillance of suspects who had been robbing Best Buy parking lots in the area.
West Virginia Man Stole From Employer
A former employee at a store in West Virginia has been arrested for stealing a pair of 46-inch TVs from the store where he worked. According to the State Journal newspaper the 39-year-old man, who worked at John Eye Big Sandy Superstore, has been charged with grand larceny, and is suspected in three other thefts. The TVs remain at large.
Credit Card Numbers Stolen From Best Buy
A former Best Buy employee in South Florida has been accused of stealing 4,000 customers' credit card numbers from the store late last year. The 22-year-old woman was arrested on federal charges of stealing the numbers and selling them to another party, who was also arrested. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the cards were copied with the use of a skimming device at a rate of $17 per number. The numbers were then resold to another party.