The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Store Embezzlement Arrest in North Carolina
A woman in Wilkes County, N.C., has been arrested and charged with stealing $208,000 from the electronics store where she worked. According to the Journal Patriot newspaper, the 33-year-old woman, who worked at Advanced Electronics, was caught after her superiors noticed "revenue shortfalls and unusual purchases" at the store. She was charged with five counts of felony embezzlement and is scheduled to appear in court in April.
Three Charged in Best Buy Theft
Also in North Carolina, three men were arrested this week and charged with stealing more than $11,000 worth of merchandise, including iPod Touch devices, security systems, a Pioneer stereo and a Sony camera. According to the News and Observer, the three men were en route from New York to Georgia. The three, who initially claimed they did not understand English, have been charged with one count each of felony larceny.
Walmart Shoplifters Also Pinched For Drugs
A couple caught robbing a Walmart in Tennessee were brought up on additional charges when it turned out they were carrying drugs while committing the crime. According to the Times-News in Kingsport, police were called after the two suspects were caught shoplifting, at which point the female handed the male a bag, which it turned out contained drug paraphernalia. The male was charged with possession of drugs for resale, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia, while the woman faces the drug charges in addition to identity theft, after she initially gave a false name and social security number to police.