The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Best Buy Employee Accused of Scam
A 20-year-old Best Buy employee in the Houston area has been accused of stealing $2,700 from the company through a cell phone scam. According to the Ultimate Clear Lake Web site, the man kept the money from customers who returned cell phones to the store, over a period between January and April. He's been charged with felony of theft/shoplifting and was released on bond.
Some Malfeasance in Fargo
A series of thefts at a Best Buy in Fargo has led to multiple arrests. According to the AP, 11 more people were arrested this week, several of whom are North Dakota State University football players. Police say a security guard at the store worked with accomplices to help them push carts full of electronics out of the store; other store employees are among those charged.
Baseball Player Thwarts Robbery
A robbery in a Walmart parking lot in North Carolina was thwarted last week, thanks to the efforts of a local minor league baseball pitcher. According to the Greensboro News-Record newspaper, pitcher Curt Petersen of the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers was leaving the store and witnessed a man attempting to steal a woman's purse. Petersen was able to subdue the attacker as he attempted to steal the woman's car. Along with a crowd that included employees, Petersen detained the perpetrator until police arrived to arrest him.