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$7 million shoplifting: Father, mother and daughter arrested

A $7 million shoplifting spree occurred over an entire 10-year period, and a Chicago suburban family is accused of the thefts. The shoplifting spree involved the theft of all kinds of products including jewelry, cosmetics, dolls and other toys. Quite incredibly, according to a WebProNews report on Thursday, the family managed to steal things for that long a period of time without getting caught in the act.

Chicago suburban family arrested after stealing $7 million worth of items from stores
Sun-Times

Now, however, Branko Bogdanov, 58, and his wife Lela Bogdanov, 52, and the couples’ daughter Julia Bogdanov, 34, were arrested this week. The three family members from Northbrook, Illinois, were arrested at their home which is valued at $1.3 million.

The report says that the three family members sold the stolen items from their home. They had several repeat customers who may not have known that they were buying stolen goods. Then again, maybe they did know they were purchasing stolen merchandise. Besides selling items from their home, they also sold in excess of $690,000 worth of items via eBay, online.

They took items from stores by wearing long, dark and loose-fitting clothes. Store surveillance videos revealed that the wife would enter the store in her baggy clothes and leave the store looking swollen.

The United States Secret Service investigated thefts after Toys R Us and bookseller Barnes and Noble reported to the agency that they had a lot of merchandise missing.

Next week, the family members will find out how long they will be detained. It could be up to 10 years in prison for them for the one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.