Police Bust $15,000-a-day Shoplifting Ring
A 7,600-square-foot warehouse served as the business hub for a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar theft ring that stole items from southeastern Michigan retailers and resold them on the Internet.
The shoplifting ring, which swiped as much as $15,000 a day in over-the-counter drugs and other goods from area stores, is the largest they have ever seen, said USA Today.
The ring operators stored stolen items in the warehouse and sold them on the Internet through eBay, Amazon.com and other sites, said USA Today.
Three women served as the shoplifters, stealing high-value items like cold medicine, antacids and other over-the-counter drugs from local CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. Using specially modified clothes to conceal their haul, they could steal between $9,000 and $15,000 each day, deliver it to the warehouse and be paid $2,500 a day in cash for their efforts, USA Today said. Inside the warehouse, investigators found $75,000 in cash, about $30,000 in merchandise from CVS and Walgreens, $10,000 in items stolen from other stores and more than $3 million in perfumes, lotions and creams stolen from Victoria's Secret in Las Vegas.