The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Man in Walmart Smashes TVs
A man in the Atlanta area was arrested last week and charged with walking into a Walmart and smashing 29 TVs with a baseball bat. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the man grabbed the bat from the sporting goods section and took it to the electronics department, causing more than $22,000 in damage. He was charged with 29 counts of second-degree criminal damage.
Arrests in Best Buy Van Burglary
Four men were arrested in late January and charged with attempting to break into a Best Buy in Florida. According to the MySuncoast.com Web site, the three men were caught casing out the store earlier in the day, and police were waiting in the store when they arrived in a van they stole from a hospital. Two of the men were charged with burglary of a business while wearing a mask, possession of burglary tools, resisting without violence and grand theft auto, while the third was charged with principle to burglary of a busines. A fourth suspect was arrested a few days later.
Best Buy Smash-and-Grab Fails in Massachusetts
A group of thieves tried and failed to burglarize a Best Buy in Dedham, Mass., early this month, unsuccessfully slamming their truck into the store's installation bay. According to the Boston Globe, the truck slammed into a steel door that failed to break during the early-morning theft attempt. The same suspects, police believe, had carried out two similar robberies earlier that morning elsewhere in the Boston area.
Walmart Employees Caught in Theft Plot
Three employees at a Walmart in New Jersey have been caught conspiring to steal $34,000 from their store. According to the Courier Post newspaper the three suspects, one of whom is 17 years old, stole the cash from an accounting office. Wal-Mart Loss Prevention caught the thieves, who were arrested by Cinaminson police.
17-Year-Old Serial Thief Arrested
A 17-year-old in North Carolina has been arrested and charged with stealing electronics from multiple stores in the area. According to the Citizen Times Web site, the suspect was charged with two counts of felony larceny and two counts of misdemeanor larceny, after he stole from Best Buy, hhgregg and other local stores. Two accomplices are wanted in the thefts.