Chicago family nabbed in alleged $7M shoplifting spree

Online Staff Report

A Chicago-area couple, along with their daughter, has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than $7 million worth of retail goods in at least three states, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Federal authorities say 58-year-old Branko Bogdanov, his wife, 52-year-old Lela Bogdanov, and their 34-year-old daughter, Julia Bogdanov, have been charged with interstate transportation of stolen property. 

The family allegedly shoplifted a wide variety of items in an operation that spanned the last 10 years. The suspects stole toys, clothing and electronics and sold the property on eBay, prosecutors said.

It is not known exactly how many stores the family allegedly hit, however, police say they recently shoplifted goods in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

The women sometimes concealed stolen goods under long dresses, prosecutors allege. All three suspects were arrested by federal agents Monday at their Northbrook home.


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