Thousands of dollars of tax software stolen from Midlothian Sam's Club | News
MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - Thieves will go for a number of things: jewelry, money even vehicles. But what about tax software?
It happened at the Sam's club in Midlothian and police say this isn't the first time the suspects have struck.
Chesterfield Police say the thefts happen around the time people really start buckling down on their taxes, which is February and March. They say the thieves work in a group and steal Turbo Tax software. In the most recent case, the three suspects are on the run.
On March 11, they came to the store on Walmart Way not to shop, but to steal. Their target: Turbo Tax Software.
"What they do is they pretty much clear out the display case and put all of the software into a shopping cart and they wheeled that cart into an aisle where there [weren't] any people loitering around," says Detective Adrian Otero.
Police are looking for two women and one man. A security camera even captured the woman wearing the bag believed to hide the merchandise. Police say they stole 78 cases of the basic and deluxe versions.
The box for the Turbo Tax program is about as big as a piece of paper, so the suspects were able to stick multiple programs in a large bag, and walk out of the store undetected.
"We're talking about thousands of dollars in stolen product," Det. Otero said.
Police have an idea of where the stolen software may turn up next.
"We can only guess they're being sold at flea markets or maybe from someone's vehicle or just by word of mouth," Det. Otero said.
Shoppers can't believe why anyone would choose to steal Turbo Tax Software.
"I think it's kind of crazy because you can actually do your taxes free online so for them to do that, that's pretty desperate," says Marilyn Watson, a Chesterfield resident.
Police say there is a way to track the stolen goods.
"Each piece of software has a unique serial number to it so the retailer is capable or has the ability to be able to track these items," Det. Otero said.
But, they still need your help to figure out who the suspected thieves are and are issuing a warning: "The people that stole it, that are distributing it, people that may be purchasing it knowing that it is stolen may be charged criminally."
Police believe the suspects are responsible for a similar theft at the Sam's Club in Henrico County. All three are facing felony grand larceny charges.
If you recognize the people in this theft call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. Tips can by anonymous.
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