The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Walmart Theft Intercepted by Repo Man
A man in California attempted to steal a computer from Walmart- but a repo man foiled his getaway plan. According to Storefront Backtalk, the man and an accomplice attempted to pull a scam in which one of them bought a computer, and the first man walked in, took the same computer without paying, and used the other man's receipt as "proof of purchase." But when the man returned the parking lot, his car was gone. It had been repossessed, and when the man went into Walmart to call police, they arrested him instead.
Walmart Employee Arrested in Thefts
An ex-employee at a Walmart in North Carolina has been arrested and charged with stealing electronics off of delivery trucks at the store. According to the Fay Observer, the 20-year-old man was charged with conspiracy and larceny by employee and was one of four people believed unveiled in the scheme.
Thief Tunneled Into GameStop
A man was arrested earlier this month and charged with tunneling into a GameStop location in Tennessee, with the intention of robbing it. According to the Greenville Sun, the man broke into a vacant space adjacent to the store, and then attempted to sneak into the GameStop by cutting through sheet rock. The man had been caught on surveillance video while casing out the location earlier, and was arrested.
Smartphone Thief Arrested by Phone
An Idaho man who stole a smartphone from right under the nose of another customer was caught by police after they called him and posed as a potential buyer of the phone. According to Gizmodo, the original buyer, who had the phone taken from him at Walmart, called police, who in turn called up the thief on the phone, negotiated a price with him, and arrested him at the meet up spot. The thief attempted to run off but fell on the ground in the process and was taken in.