The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Trooper Arrested For Walmart Extortion
A former police officer in Wyoming has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a scheme in which he kidnapped a Walmart truck driver with the intention of killing him and staging an accident. According to UPI, Franklin Ryle Jr.'s plan was to stage an accident that would either injure him or kill his wife, with the intention of suing Walmart for damages. Ryle abandoned his plan when he realized the truck had a GPS unit.
Police Catch iPhone Theft Ring
Police in the Phoenix area caught three men who they say were operating an iPhone theft ring. According to TV station KPHO, the suspects stole "hundreds of thousands of dollars" worth of the devices, in a ring that spanned at least seven different Arizona communities. The three men admitted their involvement, police said.
Baltimore Mayor Convicted
The mayor of Baltmore was convicted Tuesday one charge that she illegally misappropriated gift cards meant for poor citizens. According to the AP, a jury convicted Mayor Sheila Dixon of one count of "fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary," but acquitted of felony theft and misconduct in office. Prosecutors said the mayor was inappropriately given $630 worth of gift cards, which she used to purchase an an Xbox, a PlayStation 2 and a video camera, as well as DVDs and clothing.