CHICAGO – A father, mother, and daughter teamed up and allegedly shoplifted $7 million worth of merchandise across multiple states and then sold the items on eBay.
According to reports, Branko Bogdanov, his wife Lela Bogdanov, and their daughter Julia Bogdanov, were arrested right outside of Chicago by Secret Service agents.
Investigators say the family started their latest spree in October of 2012 when they hit up stores in Tennessee, eventually making their way to Norman, Oklahoma this past February.
Authorities got involved after loss prevention executives at Barnes and Noble and Toys R Us reported that there stores were losing a large amount of merchandise, including American Girl dolls, Furby robotic toys, Legos, and baby monitors.
Retail executives partnered with eBay and found that large quantities of the stolen items were being sold from a particular account.
The owner of the account claims to have purchased large amounts of merchandise from Branko Bogdanov over the past 10 years.
According to the complaint, they had sold $3.4 million in merchandise with an estimated retail value of $6 million.
They have each been charged with interstate transportation of stolen property, which caries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and restitution is mandatory.