Three people from a Chicago family are charged with stealing $7M worth of goods during a decade long shoplifting spree. Three people? $7M? That is almost $1M a year worth of stuff. Three people? That is a bunch of stuff for a wife and husband and their daughter to steal, but steal they did according to federal officials. They would steal the items and then sell them all on eBay. The ring leader is Branko Bogdanov, who is 58 and moved to the US from the former Yugoslavia back in 1973. He is here illegally. He has also been arrested 16 times and convicted 6 times. He has never been deported. So, when you think that Justin Bieber is going to get deported for a DUI or pot possession, chances are slim.
Bogdanov and his wife and 34 year old daughter worked together to amass the fortune in stolen goods. Bogdanov's lawyer says his client has no money but he does own a paid off $1.3M home and 12 cars valued at several hundred thousand dollars which are also all paid off. How do you manage to steal that much stuff one item at a time? That is $100K worth of stuff every month for a decade. That is only what the prosecutors can prove. It is probably way more.