The Week in Electronics Retail CrimeApril 2008 By Stephen Silver
Police in Connecticut are looking into whether a recent break-in at a Best Buy in Norwalk may be connected to a series of similar robberies in several Northeastern states in recent months. According to the Stamford Advocate newspaper, the Best Buy theft took place last Sunday, and netted several GPS units, iPods, and digital cameras.
Police believe the robbery may be connected to others that took place in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. There are said to be five burglars, who wear “black ninja uniforms” during the heists.
Braintree TV Theft
Two men have been arrested for stealing a TV from a Kmart in Braintree, Mass., the Patriot Ledger newspaper reported. Police say the two men put a 37-inch TV in shopping cart and then left the store without paying for it; they were arrested at a mall exit after an anonymous tip, and charged with larceny of property worth more than $250.
Kmart Robbery in Pennsylvania
Police in Indiana, Pa., are looking for a man and his accomplice, who are accused of stealing $2,500 worth of electronics from a Kmart location last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Police say the man entered the store, grabbed two large suitcases, and then stole numerous items from an electronics room, taking them from the store in the suitcases. Among the items stolen are DVDs, navigation devices, and the suitcases themselves.
Another Best Buy Porn Bust
A man in Brownsville, Tex., has been arrested in yet another case of Best Buy employees finding child pornography on a customer’s computer. According to local news station KRGV, police say the man, Juan Carlos Flores, Jr., dropped his computer at an area Best Buy, at which point a female employee discovered the pictures. The store’s manager then called police, and Flores was arrested and charged.
Wal*Mart Shoplifting Leads to Robbery Arrest in Texas
An attempt by a pair of 17-year-olds to shoplift clothes and other items from a Wal*Mart in Missouri City, Tex., turned into robbery charges when they ran away from the scene.