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Toys R Us worker sold stolen toys online for more than $120K: cops
NY Post ^ | March 27, 2018 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 03/27/2018 11:50:50 AM PDT by conservative98

Maybe he was trying to get a jump on the company’s upcoming liquidation.

Long before Toys ‘R’ Us announced plans to go out of the toy business, an employee at a store in Virginia stole nearly 3,000 toys before flipping them on eBay for nearly $123,000, authorities said.

Obaid Sheikh, 25, stole 2,970 toys during his four years of working at a Toys ‘R’ Us location in Fairfax and then sold the items online, WJLA reports.

An asset protection manager for Toys ‘R’ Us launched an investigation in October 2017 after a string of thefts at the store. He later found a seller’s account on eBay with the username “YoungHov289” that had been selling new toys, some of which were labeled as Toys ‘R’ Us exclusives.

The asset protection manager linked the account to Sheikh, who admitted stealing the toys via the store’s back door before putting them in the trunk of his car. A review of company records later found that Sheikh had spent only $4.24 in store purchases.

After his arrest in late February, Sheikh admitted to a detective from the Fairfax County Police Department that he concocted the scheme because he felt mistreated at the store.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: dreamers; ebay; muslims; toys; toysrus; virginia

1 posted on 03/27/2018 11:50:51 AM PDT by conservative98
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2 posted on 03/27/2018 11:53:07 AM PDT by conservative98
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Average of $40+ apiece? If that’s the case, maybe this is a working business model for them going forward.


3 posted on 03/27/2018 11:55:31 AM PDT by alancarp (George Orwell was an optimist.)
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To: conservative98

He felt mistreated at the store??? Okay........

Inventory shrinkage, or whatever the correct term is for missing merchandise, is a huge problem in retailing.

And a major piece of that is that retailers battle against theft by their own employees.

In some stores, there are reports that employee theft is a bigger problem than shoplifting.


4 posted on 03/27/2018 11:59:12 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: conservative98

It’s amazing such a popular store is failing. (But sears was once the world’s largest store and very popular too, before its recent management wrecked it.).


5 posted on 03/27/2018 12:06:11 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ("Politicans aren't born, they're excreted." -Marcus Tillius Cicero (3 BCE))
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To: conservative98

“Sheikh used the proceeds in part to pay for college-related expenses, he said.”

How can you condemn a youngster for dreaming?


6 posted on 03/27/2018 12:13:18 PM PDT by map
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“I’m going to be out of a job soon, and why should liquidators have all the fun??”


7 posted on 03/27/2018 12:17:48 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: conservative98

oh, so the POS felt so “mistreated” that he continued working there for FOUR years. What garbage....


8 posted on 03/27/2018 12:29:32 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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To: conservative98

I wonder how much of Ebay’s sales consist of stolen items? Probably a good chunk of the “new” items, I would imagine.


9 posted on 03/27/2018 12:37:05 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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To: Enchante

Several years ago, an engineer was selling company parts and equipment on ebay and fired.

He was caught when someone here found his ebay page. It had his picture with a couple of classic cars he owned.


10 posted on 03/27/2018 12:43:12 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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The back door with alarm deactivated all the time?


11 posted on 03/27/2018 1:14:20 PM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is on twitter @SarahMGellar)
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oh, so the POS felt so “mistreated” that he continued working there for FOUR years. What garbage....

Actually that attitude was VERY common amongst old-school union types in Detroit and Pittsburgh. If you had a job, than your boss was DA MAN, and DA MAN was always SCROOOOOOIN' you. So you had a right to do what you had to in order to get even. It was like an unwritten part of the contract.

I knew Steelworkers, Teamsters, UAW members, all of whom weren't shy about helping themselves to company property.


12 posted on 03/27/2018 1:27:34 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: wally_bert

Johnny Cash: “One Piece at a Time”. :)


13 posted on 03/27/2018 1:31:06 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: conservative98

Maybe he can get a job in retail in Atlanta someday after he gets out of prison. I here their not going to go after shoplifting anymore...


14 posted on 03/27/2018 1:34:53 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: conservative98

Obaid was Sheikhing his booty on eBay?


15 posted on 03/27/2018 1:58:52 PM PDT by moovova
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Nearly 3,000 items from a single location from just one thief is unbelievable. Assuming that store had the (unfortunately) usual run-of-the-mill sticky-fingered shoppers and help otherwise, loss must have ranked up there with utilities in expenses.


16 posted on 03/27/2018 2:47:14 PM PDT by gloryblaze
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To: conservative98

Maybe he and other associates are why they’re going out of business.


17 posted on 03/27/2018 2:52:26 PM PDT by Retvet (Retvet)
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To: NEMDF

If that engineer could build a car out of valves, pipes, controllers, and such, I’d be impressed.


18 posted on 03/27/2018 4:23:36 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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I think CL has many scammers too. I see multiple fake vehicle listings often. I have sold vehicles on both platforms. Caveat emptor.


19 posted on 03/27/2018 4:26:59 PM PDT by HonkyTonkMan
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To: HonkyTonkMan

I’ve done some vehicle peddling on CL and a good sense of judgement is required.

My 65 Willys and 82 CJ7 buys came from CL and went well.

I’m hoping to peddle some extra wheels I don’t need. Two sets of 5 lug. One set is a set of Cragars gray 16 that I bought out of not knowing better and wound up never using.

The other are some slightly pitted and corroded but very salvagable chrome Jeep CJ chrome wheels and centercaps.

I priced them getting fixed by a powdercoating crowd. It’s too high for me. I’d love to use them but there is reality.

There are Cragar Nomad wheels out there that look a lot like the original white wagon wheels that CJs used to have. At least I don’t have to polish them.


20 posted on 03/27/2018 4:46:08 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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