The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
A Pair of Mother/Daughter Theft Sprees
A mother/daughter pair in West Hartford, Conn., has been charged with stealing $200,000 worse of products, including various electronics and a car, through fraud and identity theft. According to the Hartford Courant, the two women were charged with first-degree larceny, identity theft, money laundering and trafficking in personal identifying information, with bail set at $500,000 each. Removal of the items from their home took four pickup trucks, the paper said.
Another mother/daughter team, this time in Florida, carried out thefts on a much smaller scale. According to the Tampa area’s ABC affiliate, a woman and her 12-year-old daughter stole 2 mp3 players and a portable DVD player from a local Target. Then, when they returned to the same store a few days later, the women attempted to steal both electronics and clothing with the use of a purse and pink backpack. They were arrested by sheriff’s deputies and charged with two counts of grand theft each; the mother was hit with an additional count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.