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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    OR - John Weismiller arrested for shoplifting over $50K of goods/selling it on Ebay

    I live in a small town of 20,000 in Oregon. We have five grocery stores--two national chains, one locally owned, one regionally owned, and a natural foods coop. I've watched in total disbelief as one of the large chains simply does absolutely nothing about shoplifting. You can sit in your car and watch teens walk out at lunch with stolen items, college kids walk out with cases of beer, and transients and locals alike literally pushing full unpaid for carts to their cars. I've never understood the "throwing in the towel" approach. Meanwhile, across town, a smaller regionally owned chain, employs excellent security and it is a daily event to read in the police calls that so and so was caught stealing a container of vaseline, two apricots, and a candy bar.

    This guy had quite a business plan:


    FBI: Woodburn [OR] man made $10,000 a month shoplifting and selling items on eBay
    July 26, 2011

    "A Woodburn man is accused of pillaging retail stores across Oregon and Washington, stealing everything from teeth-whitening strips to Oil of Olay creams, and selling the goods on his eBay site called "myotherjob2001." Federal agents, though, say this was the man's only job.

    He made an estimated $50,000 in sales just the first five months of this year, they say. Safeway stores in both states caught him 105 times on videotape surveillance this year, grabbing goods from shelves, concealing them in his clothing and brazenly walking out, court records show. Within hours, the merchandise would appear on his eBay site, and he'd ship the goods across the country to the highest bidders.

    On Tuesday, John Patrick Weismiller, 30, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to a federal indictment charging him with interstate transport of stolen goods. He was allowed to remain out of custody pending a Sept. 27 trial, but ordered to report any financial transaction over $500 and not have any computer access to eBay, Craigslist or other online market....."


    "...The federal case reveals the extensive problem retailers have combating large-scale theft, with professional thieves called "boosters" moving from state to state, and striking multiple retailers. The annual loss to retailers nationwide is estimated at $30 billion...."

    more at link

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Barrie Ontario, Canada
    Needles to say he is no longer a Registered member of ebay.

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