The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
"Mission Impossible" Theft at Best Buy
In a scene resembling Tom Cruise's disc theft break-in in the first "Mission:Impossible" film, a group of thieves stole 20 laptops- valued at $26,000- from a New Jersey Best Buy. According to the Newark Star Ledger, the thieves came in through the store's ceiling, managing to neither touch the floor, appear on security cameras, or set off motion detectors. They did, however, leave "boot prints" on the glass pipe they used to break in.
Analyst Accused of Stealing From CIA
A communications-technology specialist who works for the Central Intelligence Agency has been arrested for stealing more than $60,000 worth of technical equipment from the agency and selling it to an electronics broker. According to the Washington Times, the technology in question was a set of handheld spectrum analyzers, and the man posed as an "independent government contractor" in selling them. He is no longer with the CIA, the paper said.
Georgia RadioShack Robbed
A RadioShack in Rome, Ga., was robbed of more than $60,000 in merchandise last weekend. According to the Rome News Tribune, the store's back door was kicked open, and the store's security cameras were "not working at the time."
Video Games Stolen From Napa Walmart
A man last month was accused of stealing "a large amount" of video games from a Walmart location in Napa, Calif. According to the Napa Valley Register, security employees saw him stealing the games, and after a struggle, he was arrested by police. The man, who was on both probation and parole, was arrested for suspicion of robbery and violation of probation.