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Illinois family charged with shoplifting, selling goods online for millions

Published on Mar 6, 2014 7:50 AM

(REUTERS) - An Illinois couple and their daughter on Wednesday were charged with operating a multimillion-dollar shoplifting ring that involved stealing toys, baby supplies and household items from retail stores and selling them on eBay, prosecutors said.

Branko Bogdanov, 58, along with his wife Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, of Northbrook, some 40km north of Chicago, were charged in United States (US) District Court with interstate transportation of stolen property, the US Attorney's office said in a statement.

According to investigators, the trio stole items such as American Girl dolls, Furby toys, Lego blocks, baby monitors and steak knives from an array of retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Dillard's and Toys"R"Us during the last decade.

The trio shoplifted US$7.1 million (S$9 million) worth of items from stores in several US states including Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Oklahoma, according to prosecutors.

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