The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Gunfire at San Diego Apple Store
A shootout Monday between a man who allegedly attempted a smash-and-grab at a San Diego Apple store and a store security guard ended with the suspect dead, San Diego's NBC affiliate reported. Two other suspects were arrested after the firefight, which began at 7 a.m. Monday. The guard shot one suspect and others fled and were eventually caught by law enforcement at a nearby townhouse.
62 Computers Stolen From Best Buy
Dozens of laptops- 62 in all- were stolen from a Best Buy in the Jacksonville area last month. According to the News4Jax.com website, a man was caught after he tried to sell nine of the computers at a flea market, and claimed that he had bought them from one of the thieves. The perpetrators had entered the Best Buy by burrowing a hole in the store's wall.
Target Opens Crime Centers
Target has come up with an initiative to battle retail crime nationwide- the company has launched "crime centers" all over the country, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. One of them, in the Baltimore area, recently busted a ring that stole more than $20 million in merchandise over a three-year period.
Judge Upholds Walmart Trampling Ruling
An administrative law judge late last month held up a ruling related to the Walmart trampling case that made national headlines more than two years ago. According to the Occupational Health and Safety website, Covette Rooney of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld a $7,000 penalty that was issued to Walmart in relation to the trampling death, on Black Friday 2008, of Walmart employee Jdimytai Damour.
Laptop Thief Caught Dancing
A man whose laptop was stolen found a way to get revenge on the thief- by tracking down the thief's browser history and finding a video he had made of himself dancing. According to Switched.com, the victim of the theft used a software program to access the browser history via the cloud, through which he found the embarrassing video- in which the dancing thief's face is clearly visible- and posted it to YouTube.