The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Smugglers Putting Drugs In CE
Federal drug enforcement authorities and electronics manufactures have recently had to deal with an unlikely scourge- drugs being smuggled in consumer electronics. According to SonyInsider, which cited a Wall Street Journal report, Mexican drug smugglers have begun to "piggyback" their product on legitimate exports such as televisions and other consumer electronics. This has led to hijackings of trucks carrying product owned by both Sony and Samsung.
Theft Ring Busted in Virginia
A New York-based theft ring that allegedly robbed several Virginia-area Best Buy locations has been arrested and charged with using fake IDs and "manufactured credit cards" to steal more than $10,000 worth of electronics. According to local TV station WTVR, the four suspects were arrested after they attempted the scam at a store in Richmond, Va. Each of the four men was charged with credit card fraud, credit card forgery and conspiracy
Fugitive Arrested At Walmart
A thief from Alabama who was considered a fugitive from justice in that state was arrested this week in Connecticut, while attempting to steal $200 in merchandise from a Walmart location. According to WKTV, the man stole more than 30 items from the Walmart and exited the store in a shopping cart without paying, at which point he was arrested. He will be extradited to Alabama to face outstanding burglary charges, in addition to the theft and fugitive charges in Connecticut.