2 Suspected Shoplifters Arrested After Retail Stores Team Up

MADISON, Wis. (WCCO) — Several Twin Cities businesses are being credited with stopping a pair of suspected professional shoplifters.

Geba Bogdanov and Veronica Jakab are accused of stealing more than $26,000 thousand dollars in merchandise in two states.

When bike shop manager Edwin Benet went to pick up his stolen merchandise from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, he knew his bike shop in Madison, Wis. wasn’t the only target.

“Theft is part of retail. You expect a certain amount of it,” said Edwin Benet, who manages a bike shop in Madison.

What he did not expect was the extent of loss, which was more than $26,000 dollars of items taken from dozens of stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“I see this and was like, wow, they kept themselves busy,” said Benet.

Investigators said Bogdanov and Jakab would tag team a store. He would cause a distraction, while she would hide items in a large skirt with pockets sewn underneath.

“How could someone come into a tennis shop and walk out with rackets? They’re not easy to steal,” said Deb Irvine, who had items stolen from her tennis shop.

Bike shops took the biggest hit and soon businesses banded together, alerting each other of a potential theft ring. The partnership eventually led to an arrest after a suspected shoplifting attempt.

Authorities said they discovered 40 bags of merchandise in Bogdanov and Jakab’s rented vehicle.

“It’s rare to catch them with everything,” said Commander Mike Salter of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

Retail is a competitive business, but in this case, a big rival can become a close ally. The cooperation allowed 51 businesses to recover some of what they lost.

While those business owners are glad to get their merchandise back, they also noticed some items are still missing. Benet believes some of his missing merchandise was already resold.

Comments

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  1. Jake says:

    Sick and tired ot these out-of-staters ripping off MN, whether it be this or welfare, or illegals. We should have a ‘border crossing’ on that I-94 bridge to check out those who come in, especially with out-of-state plates. I’ll bet they could catch a lot of criminals and fugitives.

    1. Ferris Lind says:

      that must be the dumbest comment i’ve ever read .

      1. rik says:

        i agreee what a ass ,jake really maybe we should have cops stop evry car b4 they enter the great state of mn,and give them some kind of ticket,or better yet lock them up so we can feed them

    2. chinwhiskers says:

      Jake, I’ll bet you don’t use that bridge much & wouldn’t be caught in the check point slowdown you recommend. Funny how people want to make laws that affect other people’s lives instead of their own.

  2. Kevin says:

    Cut me another big ol piece of that diversity pie!!!!

    1. realist says:

      Welll thats how it is now whitey s are gonna be the minority get used to it

  3. MARCO says:

    I AGREE JAKE, SO IF SOMEBODY STEALS YOUR BIKE FROM UR BACKYARD LETS PUT A CHECK POINT IN YOUR STREETCORNER SO YOU CAN CHECK EVERYBODYS BACKGROUND THAT WAY U CAN SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT.

  4. MARCO says:

    AND KEVIN LETS HAVE NOTHING BUT WHITE PEOPLE SO NONE OF THIS WILL EVER HAPPEN

  5. Kevin says:

    Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My!!!!

  6. Expatriate Officer says:

    Damn Russians.

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