The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Best Buy Van Thieves Strike Again
Two men used a van to crash into a Best Buy in Ohio and steal iPods and computers from a Best Buy location, in a theft mirroring other recent crimes in the area and elsewhere. According to local TV station WHIO, the tw men stole the items within three minutes before escaping.
Seven Arrested in Credit Card Scheme
Police in Southern California have arrested seven people who carried out a fraudulent credit card scheme that targeted Best Buy, JC Penny, Kohls and other retailers in Orange County. According to the Orange County Register, one of the alleged ringleaders of the scheme has been charged with manufacturing the cards, identity theft, access card counterfeiting and receiving stolen goods, as well as unrelated drug counts.
Man Arrested For "Abusive" Wallpaper
A man in Wisconsin was arrested last week and charged with using images of child abuse as the wallpaper on this computer when he brought it in for repair at a local Best Buy. According to the Register, police later found 67 images of child pornography on the computer. He was arrested when he returned to the store to pick up the computer.
Man Tased After Fry's Theft
A California man was arrested - and shot with a taser- last week after he stole $3,000 of merchandise from a Fry's Electronics location and then fled by car. According to KTVU the man, while fleeing, also caused a car accident in which three passengers suffered minor injuries. Police tased the suspect after he fled the accident on foot.
Walmart Theft Called Internal
Police in Richmond, Ind., have arrested four people in a string of Walmart thefts after it was determined the thefts were an inside job. According to the Palladium-Item newspaper, the four stole as much as $10,000 worth of electronics and then re-selling them, in a ring that ran from last October until the arrests. Two of those arrested are Walmart employees while a third formerly worked at the store.