Deputies: Fla. woman, adult son stole $2M in toys

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Posted: Aug 13, 2012 12:27 PM
Deputies: Fla. woman, adult son stole $2M in toys

MIAMI (AP) — Deputies in Florida say a woman and her adult son stole nearly $2 million worth of merchandise from Toys R Us stores around the country, then sold the goods online.

Broward County Sheriff's deputies say Michael and Margaret Pollara visited 139 Toys R Us in 27 states, buying nearly $7,000 worth of small-ticket items to fuel their scam.

According to an arrest affidavit, the Pollaras trolled stores looking for inexpensive toys that came in large boxes. They then emptied out the contents and filled the large box with more expensive toys. Authorities say 70-year-old Margaret Pollara often worked as a lookout.

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Authorities say 46-year-old Michael Pollara had more than $900,000 in eBay and PayPal accounts.

They were arrested Thursday and face a bevy of theft charges. It was not clear if either had an attorney.