The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Couple Caught Running Theft Ring
A married couple in Washington state has been arrested for operating a sophisticated retail theft ring in two counties. According to the Daily News Online the pair would purchase electronics and other items, give the receipt to an accomplice, who would then claim the item had already been paid for. The couple skimmed cash from returns of the items. They are also accused of more straightforward thefts, as well as of unrelated charges that they held their grandchildren hostage in exchange for drug money.
Best Buy Theft Stopped in Progress
Two men who attempted to rob a New York Best Buy at 3:30 a.m. last week were foiled when neighbors heard them attempting to saw away the store's back door. According to the Journal News newspaper in Westchester County, the resident called police, who responded and arrived at the scene. The men managed to escape, despite a chase that took them to nearby White Plains, although they left their saw behind at the scene.
According to the Patriot Ledger newspaper in Quincy, Mass., the 28-year-old woman fell ill and was taken to a local hospital, from which she quickly escaped. She and two accomplices were charged with larceny, but the escapee also was charged with escape, giving a false name to a police officer, driving to endanger and driving after her license had been suspended.