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2 Accused of Operating Pet Supplies Theft Ring

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They allegedly stole from PetSmart stores.

A group of thieves made a business of stealing — and then selling — merchandise from PetSmart stores, authorities say.

They allegedly hit no fewer than nine locations across North Carolina and Virginia, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

The value of the stolen pet supplies was at least $38,000, but it may have been much higher, in excess of $100,000, authorities say. The items ranged from dog collars to medications.

Recently indicted in connection with the theft were 24-year-old Timothy B. Erb Jr. and 42-year-old Joseph Heim Jr. The newspaper reports that the indictment “charges the men with conspiracy and interstate transport of stolen property.”

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The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2016, with the men securing orders from buyers before they stole the merchandise. Authorities say the theft ring involved a seven-person group.

Read more at The Virginian-Pilot

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