The Week in Electronics Retail 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.