Thieves target suburban big-box stores

August 20, 2009 2:30:16 PM PDT
Organized retail theft could be on the rise in the Chicago area. Big-box stores in Joliet, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Naperville and Montgomery are among recent victims.

Organized retail theft targets large quantities of high-priced items. They're then sold to smaller stores, at flea markets and on the internet.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a similar example of organized retail theft: a man has been arrested for reselling stolen products at flea markets and on eBay. More than $100,000 of products, from over-the-counter medications to toothbrushes, were seized in a raid on the suspects home. The suspect may have been running the operation since 2002.


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