The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Walmart Fights Fine
Walmart is fighting the federal government in order to avoid a $7,000 fine stemming from the fatal trampling of a store employee on Black Friday in 2008. According to the AP, Walmart is challenging the fine, levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) more than two years ago, in order to avoid future harsh restrictions on sales promotions.
Fry's Robbery Suspects Caught
A 21-year-old man and his 16-year-old accomplice have been arrested for carrying out an armed robbery at a Fry's Electronics in Oregon, and police suspect they are responsible for other robberies in the area. According to the Wilsonville Spokesman newspaper, the two suspects had loaded carts with electronics and merely walked out the door. When security employees tried to confront them, they pulled knives, and one of them attempted to stab a security guard.
Brothers Arrested in Computer Thefts
A pair of brothers in Florida were arrested for attempting to steal a pair of computers from Walmart. According to the MySuncoast website, the two men stole the computers, fought employees who tried to stop them and drove away. Police caught them after a car crash, and the men were charged with grand theft and resisting a merchant.
Drug Smuggler Claimed to Be Samsung Heiress
A woman who attempted to smuggle 500 pounds of marijuana on a chartered jet from California from Ohio claimed to be an heiress to the Samsung Electronics fortune, but the company denied the connection. According to Gawker.com the woman, who also described herself as "model and recording artist," was arrested by DEA agents but pled not guilty.