$7 Million Shoplifting Spree: Entire Family Accused

    March 6, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Shoplifting is a crime that occurs in stores all over the world, everyday. Most of the things that are stolen are small and not worth much money. Occasionally, shoplifters will get brave and take something larger. While most shoplifters are teenagers or young kids, there are some adults who have become career shoplifters and do it often and without getting caught.

A family in a Chicago suburb has been accused of stealing over $7 million dollars worth of items from stores across the country over a span of a decade. The family is accused of shoplifting everything from toys to jewelry and managed to do so without getting caught.

Branko Bogdanov, 58, Lela Bogdanov, 52, and their 34-year-old daughter, Julia Bogdanov were arrested at their $1.3 million dollar home on earlier this week. The family would sell the stolen items out of their home and had several repeat customers who may or may not have been aware that they were buying stolen merchandise. The family also sold more than $690,000 in merchandise through eBay.

The family was able to smuggle the items out of the stores by wearing long, dark and loose-fitting clothing. Several store surveillance videos show Mrs. Bogdanov entering the store in such attire and exiting it looking swollen and bulky.

An investigation into the shoplifting incident was conducted by the United States Secret Service after Barnes and Noble Inc. and Toys R Us Inc. informed the agency that they were missing a lot of merchandise.

The family members could each face up to 10 years in prison for the one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. They will go to court next week for a detention hearing.

How do you think the family was able to shoplift so much for so long without getting caught?

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  • Karma

    This family shall be known as the fathers of shoplifting!

  • Andy

    “How do I think the family was able to shoplift so much for so long without getting caught?”
    By shopping where lazy ignorant Americans work, that’s how.

    • Tyler Proctor

      At least the lazy ignorant Americans are working.

    • Sheila

      Name 1 store where “only” American’s work?

      • nwdrift

        You mean, Name 1 store where “only” white immigrants work?

    • Jim

      @andy: Clueless answer. Many stores forbid confronting shoplifters.

  • Martha Nassauer

    “The family is accused of shoplifting everything from toys to jewelry and managed to do so without getting caught.” Great writing skills. They obviously got caught if we are reading this article.

  • Sheila

    And that just cost us all a little more for items we buy and WORK for the money to do so. The stores recover the money by…a little higher prices. If anyone shopping sees a shoplifter they should report it to management, don’t half to get involved just tell someone so it can be stopped.

    • Jim

      Many stores forbid employees from confronting shoplifters but you are correct that we customers pay, not just the store.

  • Disturbed12

    Roma’s “the dreaded Romanian gypsy” Now we know why France puts them on planes and sends them back home. How long have they lived here? They should be deported when their jail term is up.

    • Alex

      Their names sound more russian,in fact. Slavic. They are gypsies, but not from Romania .Bogdanov (Богданов) or Bogdanova (Богданова; feminine) is a common Russian surname. Branko is actually serbian…

    • Alex

      Notice that the wife followed the proceedings through a Romani interpreter. That is the gypsy language,not ROMANIAN. Roma = gypsy ,but NOT romanian. That’s not to say there are no gypsies in Romania,’cause there are,like in any country in the world.

  • ThatOneWrestlingFan

    I bet they’ll get their own movie. So they still win.

  • Michael Roberts

    Article dont mention the one place you can get by with shoplifting so easily. WAL-MART. I bet majority of the merchandise was Trading Cards if they stole from Toys R Us.

  • Mike

    why would they put a picture of a marine, like they were the one who stole..terrible picture

    • nwdrift

      because married marines steal from their own exchange, lol

    • Seriously

      Where did you see a picture of a marine? I saw a picture of an individual dressed in fatigues which can be purchased from the comfort of your home(or wherever you access the internet.)

      • ode2

        When’s the last time you saw a civilian wearing a full camo uniform, shirt and pants?

  • Ascha

    Too busy profiling minorities and look at these people stealing MILLIONS

  • ode2



    To easy! Try 60 inch TV, Hp computers in the box with the alarm strap on it, 12 bikes, case’s of unopened box’s on the receiving docks . There have been cases where the persons would get the store to load the stuff in your truck an go back waiting for you because the kids would stay in the store at the beginning, then say they had to go to the bath room an walk right out to the family truck an off they go! I used to be a Store Dick for M. WARDS & crate& barrel & many more an you got to be on your toes. First lesson , don’t ever go off the business Property , or you get your butt kicked an your not covered by the Insurance then!

  • Tony

    I have worked loss prevention for 8 years for a large department, on the average we only catch 5% of the shoplifters. 2 loss prevention agents watching several hundred customers in a store the percentage is in favor of the shoplifter.

  • greg pluff

    I know that Toys R Us does not monitor their security cameras, they don’t hire security except for the holidays, and they operate on a minimum number of associates so shoplifters have free reign of the stores. I have found empty boxes from baby monitors and legos to videos and gaming systems. I once discovered two empty guitar boxes. That’s besides the thieves that fill up a whole cart and just walk right out the door. That happened at our store twice one morning.

  • randy

    the same reason why you are not showing their faces….WHITE