The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Attempted Walmart Theft Leads to "Chaos"
A couple in Tennessee set off a chaotic scene when they attempted to steal from an area Walmart. According to the AP, the male half of the couple filled a shopping cart with $2,000 worth of merchandise and tried to push it out the door without paying. But after a guard subdued the man, his wife attempted to disrupt the scene by faking a heart attack. And after a witness told employees that the couple, who claimed not to know each other, had been together in the store earlier, the woman followed the witness into the parking lot, and was stabbed in the arm with a pocket knife. The husband's charges included theft over $1,000 and assault on a police officer; the wife's charges are pending.
Xbox Live Catches Burglar
A New York thief was arrested after he played a stolen Xbox online- and the boy he stole it from saw his login and led police to him. According to the New York Post, police followed the man's IP address to a street address in the Bronx, where they arrested the man and found an electronics stash that cops believe was the fruit of more than 200 car and home burglaries.
UPS Employee Arrested in Thefts
A UPS employee in California has been arrested and charged with stealing packages from the parcel service worth over $40,000. The local CBS13 station reported that the man, a 16-year veteran of UPS, had mostly stolen high-end electronics during the theft spree, which lasted from April until his apprehension last week. He was charged with embezzlement, possession of stolen property, and grand theft.