The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Electronics Tops in Cargo Theft
When it comes to cargo theft in the U.S., electronics is once again the most-stolen product category. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), there were 139 cargo thefts of electronics in the U.S. in 2010, more than food (108), clothing (73) or automotive (52.)
Nine Walmarts Robbed in Minnesota
A group of five shoplifers have been caught after a five-month spree in which they robbed nine different Walmarts in Minnesota and a tenth in North Dakota. According to KSAX, the group concentrated on high-end electronics and likely used an "alpha key" to enter the stores. They face felony theft charges.
Best Buy Fraudster Gets Four Years
A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to four years in prison for scamming Best Buy out of over $900,000 in fraudulent invoices. According to 7th Space, the man submitted fake invoices for electronic equipment that was never sent. He also defrauded more than 250 customers of fees for claiming falsely that he could delete items from their credit reports.
Mother and Son Jailed in Video Game Thefts
A 65-year-old woman and her 22-year-old son have been sentenced to jail in New Hampshire for running a black market business involving stolen video games, the Boston Globe reported. The woman's lawyer claims she was threatened into participating by her son, but the prosecutors say they have recordings of the two cooperating.