The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Employee, Dog Stabbed at Walmart
A shoplifter at a Walmart in Washington state allegedly stabbed a store employee while attempting to steal a shopping cart full of electronics equipment- and later stabbed a police dog that was chasing him. According to the AP, the suspect was trying to cut a tarp in the store's garden department, while stealing radios, watches and shoes.
Geek Squad Nabs School Thieves
Two men in Chattanooga, Tenn. was arrested this week after they stole computers from a local school- and then took the computers to a local Best Buy and asked the Geek Squad to change their passwords. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Geek Squad employees recognized the current username on the machines, "Normal Park," as the name of the school from which the computers had been stolen. One of the employees, whose sister was a teacher at the school, had heard about the burglary. When police went to the address of one of the thieves, they found an active methamphetamine lab, leading to additional arrests.
Mother, Son Steal From Kmart
A 35-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son were arrested at an Ohio Kmart and accused of stealing an mp3 player as well as other items. According to the North Coast Now Web site, the two were accused of using box cutters to open packaging in order to take the product; the boy was also caught on surveillance cameras stealing a new pair of shoes and placing his old shoes in the box on the shelf.