Illinois family accused of $7M shoplifting spree

By Michelle Kapusta,

A family from a Chicago suburb have been accused of partaking in a decade-long shoplifting spree that amounted to $7 million in merchandise.

According to the Associated Press, authorities have said that a father, mother and daughter were arrested this week at their $1.3 million home after returning from a shoplifting trip in three other states.

CNN has reported that prosecutors have charged the three family members with transporting stolen property across state lines.

Federal prosecutors contend that Lela Bogdanov, 52, would hide items in the lining of her big black dress, then walk in and out of stores and lift more items while her family distracted employees.

Prosecutors believe that Branko Bogdanov, 58, and his daughter Julia Bogdanov, 34, created diversion tactics so store employees would not notice merchandise being stuffed into the dress.

The family then made money off some of the items when they sold them to a fence, who put the stolen goods on eBay.

If convicted, the family that steals together will face jail time together, which could be up to 10 years in prison.

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