The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Massive Apple Theft Ring Stopped
Law enforcement officials have charged dozens of suspects who they say stole thousands of credit card numbers for Apple Store shopping sprees. According to an AP story cited by Gizmodo, the thefts took place all over the country and netted over $1 million in fraudulent purchases. The ring was caught, by the Secret Service and the Manhattan District Attorney's office, after one of its leaders had boasted on Twitter about using stolen credit cards at restaurants.
Store Employees Accused of Selling Stolen Items
Three employees at a Colorado electronics store are accused of obtaining stolen merchandise and selling it in the store. According to the Aurora Sentinel, two women purchased what they believed was stolen merchandise from undercover police. They were arrested, while a third suspect remains at large. The suspects, police say, sold more than $2,600 in stolen merchandise in the store.
Pittsburgh Kmart Thief Caught
A Pittsburgh man was arrested earlier this month in nearby Moon and charged with retail theft for stealing $400 worth of merchandise from an area Kmart. According to Moon's Patch site, the man tried to escape the store with a shopping cart containing a TV and home music system without paying.
Woman Stopped With 44 iPhones at Airport
Airport security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel stopped a woman last month who was hiding 44 iPhones in her stockings. According to Haaretz the woman, in her 60s, was returning from London while wearing "traditional" clothes.