The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Pennsylvania Audio Owner Accused of Selling Stolen Goods
Three men near Scranton, Pa., were arrested this week and charged with their roles in a scheme in which electronics were stolen from Walmart and resold by an independent audio retailer. According to the Times Leader newspaper, a Walmart employee delivered stolen items to to a middle man who gave it to the business owner. The items included iPods, gaming systems and cameras. The owner was charged with receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to receive stolen property, while the other conspirators were charged as well.
Marine Stabbed at Best Buy
A U.S. marine reservist was stabbed in a Georgia Best Buy by a shoplifter on Black Friday. According to the Augusta Chroncile newspaper, the thief was trying to steal a laptop and was arguing with employees, after which he ran away, pulled a knife, and stabbed the 24-year-old Marine. He was not seriously injured, while the assailant was arrested.
Arizona Thieves Caught After Chase
Police in Arizona caught three men who stole from an electronics store and fled in a stolen car. According to the Arizona Republic, police chased the thieves for seven miles into the car ran into a wall in front of a house; all three were arrested and two TVs were recovered from the car.
Three Arrested For Walmart Thefts
Three men who attempted to steal nine TVs from a Walmart in Waukesha, Wisc., were arrested after store employees called police. According to WISN, the attempted thefts took place at 4:19 a.m. Store employees gave chase to the parking lot and while the thieves got away, they were able to take down the license plate number, which police used to catch them. They face felony theft charges.