The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Baltimore Mayoral Indictment Involves Electronics Purchases
The 12-count indictment last week of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon alleges, among other charges, that the mayor improperly spent funds from donors on electronics from Best Buy, Target and other stores. According to Reuters Dixon, who was indicted by a grand jury on charges of perjury, theft and fraud, improperly received 20 gift cards to Best Buy, Target and other retail outlets from real estate developers, which she used to purchase a camcorder, a gaming system and other electronics items for her personal use. Dixon has denied any wrongdoing.
Florida Robbers Crash Cars, Grab Product
A group of as many as ten thieves used multiple vehicles to break into a Florida electronics store and steal $50,000 in merchandise. According to local news station WTVJ-TV, the crime took place at Port Electronics in Ft. Lauderdale, where the suspects used one of the cars to yank a security gate off its tracks.
The same station reported Tuesday that three of the suspects had been caught while trying to pull off a similar crime at an area CompUSA, but the rest remain at large.