The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Pacific Northwest Ring Busted
Five men have been arrested for running an electronics theft ring that impacted at least six retail stores in the Spokane, Wash., area. According to Wenatchee World, the ring entailed taking TVs and other big ticket items out of Walmart and Costco stores without paying, usually through a back door or fire exit. The five suspects face a litany of charges in multiple jurisdictions.
Teen Forced to Steal PS3 By Kidnappers
A Florida teenager claimed last month that he was kidnapped by assailants who forced him to steal a PlayStation 3 console from a nearby Walmart. According to Escapist Magazine, the kidnappers let the teen go after they acquired the PS3. An 18-year-old has been charged with felony armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with the incident.
Walmart TV Thieves Sought
Police in Florida are searching for two men and a woman who attempted stole two TVs from an area Walmart. According to Ocala.com, the two male thieves took four TVs out of the store through its garden center and loaded them into a car, which was driven by a female getaway driver. The car failed to start, and employees were able to remove two of the TVs before the woman backed up and nearly hit them. The car got away with the two remaining TVs, but not before one of the thieves removed its license plate.
Walmart Customer Arrested With Knife
A man at a Walmart in Wisconsin was arrested late last month and charged with pulling a hunting knife near a cashier. According to WEAU, the man asked a cashier for money and then pulled the knife. He was charged with disorderly conduct.