The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Best Buy Repairman Accused of Parts Theft
A former Best Buy computer repairman in Maryland has been accused of carrying out a theft reminiscent of Johnny Cash's "One Piece at a Time." The man allegedly bought computers from Best Buy, stole internal computer parts and then returned the machines to the stores, the Silver Spring Gazette reported. The scheme allegedly landed him $100,000 over the course of three years, before he was charged with six counts of felony theft and one count of felony theft scheme. He is scheduled to stand trial in June.
Caregiver Accused of Credit Card Theft, Spree
A caregiver at an Ohio nursing home has been charged with multiple crimes after stealing a credit card from a 78-year-old resident and going on a shopping spree. According to the West Lake Police blog on Cleveland.com, the 36-year-old woman spent $1,600 at several stores, including Best Buy, Walmart, hhgregg and Kmart. The woman, who was caught on security camera video and arrested, was charged with burglary, credit card misuse, forgery, and theft, charges that will be weighted by a "senior citizen specification."
A Not-So-Happy Return at Fry's
A California man was arrested March 12 after he stole an AC adapter from a Fry's Electronics store in Fremont- and attempted to return the item to the same store an hour later. According to the the Fremont Bulletin, the 32-year-old Oakland resident was charged with burglary.