The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
"Biker" Stunt Leads to Arrests at Dell
An internal publicity stunt at Dell's headquarters in Texas was misunderstood as a criminal act by enough people that police were called. According to TV station KXAN, a man entered the building dressed as a biker while wearing a black mask and holding "two metallic objects" and telling employees to "go to the lobby." The event was a stunt to celebrate the launch of the new Dell Streak tablet, but it scared enough people that they called police, who stormed the building. The masked man and his supervisor were both arrested on misdemeanor charges of Interfering with Public Duties and Deadly Conduct. The Streak is meant to interface with Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which explains the biker theme.
Electronics Thieves Also Killed Fish
A trio of teenage thieves who broke into a suburban Chicago apartment complex to steal electronics are also accused of poisoning and killing three goldfish. After the three boys were charged with residential burglary and one of them was also brought up on animal cruelty charges, according to the Daily Herald, one of them told police that they killed the fish because they "didn't want to leave any witnesses." The killing of the fish was carried out, according to the Herald, via "hot sauce, mustard, ketchup and spices."
Fake iPods, iPhones Seized in California
Los Angeles Port Police last month seized more than $10 million in counterfeit electronics, most of it iPhones and iPods. According to the Los Angeles Times, the items were found in a downtown warehouse, as part of a "well-funded operation." Police told the paper that the fake were designed to get "lookalike products into the market during the recent buzz over the Consumer Electronics Show." They are believed to have come from Asia.