The Week in Electronics Retail Crime

The latest from the world of electronics store crime

Florida Network Fights Theft
A consortium of retailers in Florida has teamed up with local law enforcement to fight retail theft. According to the Tampa Tribune, the Florida Organized Retail Crime Enforcement Network, which includes Walmart, Target, J. C. Penney and several other companies, allows companies to share information and operate a database about suspected criminals and rings.

Arrest in Punch of Walmart Greeter
A man has been arrested for punching an elderly Walmart greeter in the Pittsburgh area. According to TV station KDKA, the 55-year-old suspect denies punching the 72-year-old employee, although police say they have the assault on tape. He has been charged with assault, harassment, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Stolen Card Leads to $14,000 Best Buy Spree
A woman in Columbia, S.C. had her credit card stolen earlier this month- by a thief who went on to spend more than $14,000 at a nearby Best Buy. According to local TV station WIS, the thief used the card for two separate purchases at different Best Buy locations, in the span of two hours; a third purchase failed to register because the card was maxed out. The thief remains at large and was not asked for identification during any of the three purchases.

Employee Charged in Gift Card Scheme
A 19-year-old supermarket in Ohio has been charged with perpetuating a fraud in which he stole and redeemed $5,000 worth of Best Buy gift cards. According to Akron Beacon Journal, the scam, which the Giant Eagle employee hatched along with an accomplice, involved replacing gift cards on store racks with other ones; the scammers would then use the gift cards once customers activated them.

Best Buy Employee to Be Charged

A former Best Buy employee in New Mexico is set to be sentenced for her role in a fraud scheme. According to the Las Cruces Sun newspaper, the 20-year-old woman pled guilty to opening credit card accounts for customers, and buying more than $20,000 worth of big ticket items with the credit card numbers. She faces 20 counts of fraud charge.

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