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2 Accused of Operating Pet Supplies Theft Ring




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.”


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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