This Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Interstate Thief Gets 2 Years
A Minnesota man was sentenced to two years in prison for a scheme in which he stole items from 20 stores across five states by switching items in different boxes. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the 47-year-old man, who had previously plead guilty, was convicted of conspiracy to transport stolen property. He stole nearly $47,000 in six months through the scam, in which he emptied out boxes in stores, replaced them with more expensive items, and paid for the original item. He then resold the stolen parts online.
Best Buy Repairman Pleads Guilty
A former computer repairman at Best Buy plead guilty late last month to a scheme in which he bought computers, rempved parts, and then returned them for full refunds. According to the Maryland Gazette, the man sold the stolen parts online. He pled guilty to one count of theft scheme over $500, and will be sentenced in September.
Shoplifter Stabs Furniture
A man in Texas was arrested in late July after he attempted to steal a TV from a Conn's location- and then stabbed several pieces of furniture. According to the Humble Observer newspaper, the 48-year-old man was attempting to carry out a TV that his friend was about to pay for, but once he was stopped by a manager he began walking around the store and slashing couches and other furniture. After causing around $2,000 in damage, he was charged with felony criminal mischief.
Walmart Thief Charged in "Elaborate Scheme"
A Florida man arrested for stealing a laptop from Walmart by presenting a fake receipt had been running the same scam at stores in several surrounding counties, police said. According to the Tampa Tribune, the man had several computer items, a printer, a store merchandise scanner and several of the receipts on his person when he was caught. He was charged with robbery and using a fraudulent receipt to obtain property.