Theft ring busted by in-store “swat” team
A gang of alleged shoplifters stealing from Home Depot stores in Northern California were apprehended on Aug. 14 after a team of police officers responded to a call from the store, according to an article in The Reporter in Vacaville, Calif.
Ten officers from the Vacaville Police Department saturated the Vacaville store after loss prevention personnel called to report eight or more men trying to remove or conceal merchandise. Security personnel reported that their method of operation was similar to thefts reported in other Northern California stores.
While police apprehended suspects inside the store, officers chased down a white Suburban that had recently left the parking lot. Police also impounded two other vehicles they believe were involved. Approximately $6,000 in stolen tools and electronic components were recovered from the three vehicles, according to the newspaper article.
Eleven suspects were arrested that day, including two who tried to hitch a rise with the white Suburban after it was brought back to the store by the police. Law enforcement officers believe the individuals were part of an organized crime ring that has stolen an estimated $60,000 worth of tools and electronics from Home Depots in Napa, Vallejo, Fairfield and other Northern California locations during the past two to three years.
The arrested individuals were charged with multiple counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy, and possession of stolen property, according to The Reporter.
Meijer to expand Grocery Express program
WALKER Meijer is expanding its Grocery Express program that enables customers to order groceries online and then pick them up at select stores.
According to reports, the retailer will offer the program at certain Meijer stores in Chicago, St. Charles and Aurora, Ill., and Westerville, Ohio.
Through the Grocery Express program, customers can order items online and then select a time and date for pickup.
Toys’R’Us expands Disney offering
WAYNE, N.J. Toys”R”Us and Disney Consumer Products announced that Toys”R”Us will carry an expanded assortment of exclusive Disney-themed Halloween costumes for boys, girls and babies.
In addition, the two companies have announced that they have made a joint contribution of $50,000 to kick off the 2009 costume program.
Beginning in September, an expanded line of 25 costumes based on popular Disney characters can be found at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com ,including costumes resembling Disney Princess characters, Disney Pixar Toy Story’s “Buzz Lightyear” and “Woody”, Power Rangers, Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, and Disney Fairies’ “Tinker Bell.” The companies announced that the number of costumes in this year’s program is double that of last year and each bears a recognizable hangtag featuring the CAAF logo and a united mission statement from both companies.
Items range in price from $19.99 to $39.99 and are available in a variety of sizes from infant to toddler.