eBay shoplifter nabbed in France

28th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2007, BESANCON (AFP) - A debt-ridden French shoplifter who sold stolen supermarket items on eBay is to face justice after police became suspicious about her low-priced loot, officials said Thursday.

28 September 2007

BESANCON (AFP) - A debt-ridden French shoplifter who sold stolen supermarket items on eBay is to face justice after police became suspicious about her low-priced loot, officials said Thursday.

The 33-year-old woman, who is estimated to have stolen more than 85,000 euros' (120,000 dollars') worth of goods from the Leclerc store in her hometown of Doubs, eastern France, since 2005, is due to appear in court December 7 following her arrest.

Officers zeroed in on eBay vendor "RapidDVD" after coming across DVDs, video games, CDs and razor blades she was selling well below market price, still in their original wrapping.

The woman, who alternated between temp secretary jobs and unemployment, stole 3,504 items on her spree.

"On her arrest at the beginning of July, she told us that one day, while she was waiting in line at the cashier's, she saw a child take out objects without setting off the alarms," one of the investigators, Philippe Pintapary, said.

He explained that the incident gave the woman -- who was deeply in consumer debt -- the idea for her scam.

Shop security failed to notice that the woman visited the store up to five times a day, ostensibly to buy small-ticket items, and walked out with a bag stuffed with pilfered products.

AFP

Subject: French news

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