The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Supreme Court Won't Hear Circuit City Porn Case
In a court case that has outlasted the retail chain where the events in question took place, the U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to hear a case involving a Pennsylvania man arrested for child pornography after Circuit City employees found the material on his computer. According to the Associated Press, the court rejected a petition by Kenneth Sodomsky to suppress the evidence, on the grounds that the employees had no right to search the computer.
NRF: Crime on the Rise
The National Retail Federation said last week that organized retail crime is on the rise, with nine out of ten U.S. retailers claiming that organied rings have stolen from them. NRF also told Reuters that 73 percent of retailers have seen a rise in retail crime in the last year, and that more than half have found stolen items of theirs online.
Ring Busted in Georgia
Police in the Atlanta area have broken up a retail theft ring that operated "both inside and outside" a Brandsmart store in Stockbridge, Ga. According to WSB Radio, 188 televisions were stolen from the store, as part of a conspiracy between store employees and others. The employees would have their accomplices come into the store and buy items, and then bundle the non-purchased items along with the purchased ones. Six members of the ring have been arrested and charged with felony theft and criminal conspiracy to commit a felony.