Aloha brothers accused in $200K shoplifting scheme

Aloha brothers accused in $200K shoplifting scheme

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by David Krough

kgw.com

Posted on September 10, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 10 at 7:17 PM

ALOHA, Ore. -- Two Aloha brothers were arrested Thursday as police combed through three floors of a home packed with merchandise stolen from department store chains.

Washington County detectives said an employee from Ross contacted investigators in mid-August with details of a plot involving shoplifting and reselling across the West Coast.

Detectives said thieves would shoplift expensive goods, sell them online, then put the price tags on cheaper items and return them for the cash -- in effect stealing a single item from the store twice.

Investigators arrested 43-year-old Brian James Campau and his brother, 55-year-old Thomas William Campau.

Deputies were busy Thursday going through items from Ross and other stores found throughout the three-story home on SW Ivyglenn Street. Both are charged with organized retail theft, and Brian Campau was charged with computer crime.

"The Campau Brothers were fond of stealing 'Donald Trump' neckties that are worth about $20," Sgt. David Thompson said. "They would then put the tag on an inferior quality necktie that cost about one dollar and return it to the store."

The value of the merchandise was estimated at around $200,000.

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