The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Florida Thief Steals $55,000 in Apple Products
A thief broke into a Best Buy in Gainesville, Fla. and stole $55,000 worth of Apple devices, in a crime that police say may be related to similar break-ins elsewhere in Florida. According to the Gainesville Sun, the thief used waste containers to conceal the break-in from passersby.
Fry's Thief Recognized From Previous Theft
A 40-year-old man attempting to steal a computer part from a Fry's Electronics in Illinois was caught after a store employee recognized him from a retail theft at the same store last fall. According to the Downers Grove Patch, the man first gave a false name. He was charged with retail theft, criminal trespass to property and obstructing identification.
GPS Phone App Catches Armed Robbers
A group of four men who robbed a party in Newark, Del., were caught when a police tracked a GPS application in a mobile phone that was stolen as part of the robbery. According to the U Daily student newspaper at the University of Delaware, all four robbers were subsequently arrested. The thieves, the paper aid, were charged with "10 counts of first degree robbery, 15 counts of unlawful imprisonment, 15 counts of aggravated menacing, 15 counts of second degree conspiracy and one count of offensive touching."