Woodburn man accused of serial shoplifting

Woodburn man accused of serial shoplifting

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by Mike Benner and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 28 at 11:37 AM

WOODBURN, Ore. – A Woodburn man made thousands of dollars a month selling items on eBay that he had shoplifted, according to federal agents.

Surveillance cameras at Safeway stores all across Oregon and Washington captured hundreds of images of John Patrick Weismiller shoplifting, according to agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

FBI agents said Weismiller also targeted Fred Meyer stores, as well as Best Buy and Target, between January and July of this year.

Neighbors said they had noticed a lot of police activity near Weismiller's home.

"There were two (FBI) parked in front of their house," said neighbor Rebecca Rios. "I saw they were coming out with files, boxes, loading them up in their cars."

Rios and others believe it proves the pitfalls of some online shopping sites.

"I don't even trust eBay," Rios said.

"We leave our garage cracked open," neighbor Cristal Ruiz added. "They could come in and take whatever they want when we're sleeping and sell it on eBay."

Federal agents said Weismiller pocketed approximately $43,000 from the illegal activity.

Weismiller pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday and his trial was scheduled to begin in September.

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