The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
National Theft Ring Busted in Virginia
A trio of thieves who had been carrying out crimes from New York to Texas were caught this week after a foiled Walmart robbery in Fredericksburg, Va. According to the Free Lance Star newspaper, one of the men used a stolen credit card to purchase a gift card at the Walmart and then headed straight for the store's electronics department. When employees realized what was going on, the men fled the store, leading to a police chase that culminated in the the trio's arrest at a nearby hotel. After police found as many as 80 stolen credit cards at the hotel, the three were arrested and charged with numerous crimes, including credit card fraud, credit card forgery, credit card larceny and identity theft; at least one is facing charges in other states.
Kmart Robbed of TVs
Seven big-screen televisions were stolen from a Kmart in Huntsville, Ala., the Huntsville Times reported. Police say the thieves broke in through a window in the back of the store's building, but they do not have a suspect.
Best Buy Burglars Caught
Three burglars, who had traveled all the way from New York, were arrested for robbing a Best Buy in Scranton, Pa. According to the Times-Tribune newspaper, police were tipped off in advance of the burglary, which took place at 2:30 a.m. and watched it take place before arresting the suspects. They were charged with burglary as well as other charges.
Rats! Maryland Target Closed For Very Gross Reasons
A Target store in Maryland was temporarily closed last week due to "rodent infestation." According to WBAL in Baltimore the store, located in Pikesville, Md., has been shut "until further notice" by the Maryland Department of Environmental Protection. The problem reportedly began in the store's snack bar, but then spread to the point where "rodent carcasses and feces were strewn throughout the store."