The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Chicago Couple Accused of Bilking Best Buy
The husband-and-wife owners of a Chicago-area computer parts manufacturer allegedly profited from a kickback scheme involving Best Buy, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune the couple, which owns the Chip Factory in Deerfield, Ill., conspired with former Best Buy vendor-relations manager Robert Bossany, who was brought up on several government charges last week, to defraud the company. The government is seeking to seize a nearly $3 million home purchased by the Chip Factory owners.
Bose Factory Outlet Robbbed
Four men from Massachusetts were arrested this week after robbing a Bose Factory outlet in Maine of $12,000 worth of boxed home theater equipment, and then leading police on a chase through New Hampshire and Massachusetts. According to the Foster's Daily Democrat newspaper, the foursome had walked into the store at 8 p.m., without masks, and simply walked off with the goods. After a chase, they were apprehended in Massachusetts. The men are also suspected in other, similar thefts.
Credit Card Stolen From Woman in Wheelchair
Police in Newport News, Va., are investigating a case in which a thief allegedly stole a credit card from a woman in a wheelchair, and later used it at a local Best Buy and Circuit City. According to local news station Fox 43, the thief spent around $6,000 with the stolen card.