Mom, Dad, Daughter Accused in $7M Shoplift Spree

Michael Tarm, ABC News, March 5, 2014

A father, mother and daughter from a posh Chicago suburb stole $7 million in merchandise during a decade-long shoplifting spree—traveling to stores nationwide and targeting dolls, toys, cosmetics and other valuables—according to a federal complaint released Wednesday.

The three were arrested earlier this week at their $1.3 million Northbrook home after returning from a three-day trip through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, where authorities say they shoplifted from stores. Working in tandem, the family traveled from their Chicago-area residence to hit businesses in multiple states, including Maryland, Tennessee and Florida, according to the 20-page complaint.

Branko Bogdanov, 58, Lela Bogdanov, 52, and their 34-year-old daughter, Julia Bogdanov, are charged with one count each of interstate transportation of stolen property. {snip}

Lela Bogdanov frequently donned a long black skirt with large compartments sewn on the inside during the alleged shoplifting binges and was caught on surveillance cameras leaving some stores with her skirt looking notably fuller than when she entered, the complaint says.

Standing in orange jail clothes Wednesday in federal court, Lela Bogdanov wiped away tears as U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason explained her rights. She followed the proceedings through a Romani interpreter.

An unnamed cooperating witness bought many of the stolen items—which included everything from American Girl dolls and Furby robotic toys to coffee and steak knives—at the Bogdanov home, then sold them online through eBay, the complaint says. On their own, Bogdanovs directly sold more than $690,000 in merchandise through eBay, the complaint says.

The United States Secret Service led the investigation after Barnes and Noble Inc. and Toys R Us Inc. contacted the agency about what the complaint describes as “a huge loss in merchandise.” With the help of those companies and eBay, authorities traced stolen items to an the online trading account of the cooperating witnesses, who, in turn, agreed to help in the investigation of the Bogdanovs.



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  • Truthseeker

    As someone familiar with Chicago’s north suburbs, it’s chilling to think that gypsies have made their way there. That area is almost all white, Jewish and Asian, and crime is virtually nonexistent. If they know what’s good for them, they’ll keep it that way.

    • Manaphy

      “That area is almost all white, Jewish and Asian”

      It’s not “almost all white” if it has Parasites and Asians.

      • Fathercoughlin

        It has loads of mexicans too. The rich whites and jews like to hire them to keep their lawns spotless. Highwood. is full of them. Oddly they raise rent costs because space is so limited and they tend to double and triple and quadruple up. As far as the gypsies,I may have worked with one of their family members. A girl,loaded with make-up,tough talking and looking older than her years,as she was only 17. A guy who was friends with her told me later she said she had been a slave for several years.(!) She hooked up with a young white guy and had him steal from the registers. He got caught and arrested. She was later caught for credit card fraud in a shop in Lake Forest..

      • Truthseeker

        I didn’t say it was “almost all white.” I said it was almost all white, Jewish and Asian, meaning that almost everyone there belongs to one of those three groups.

      • JohnEngelman

        Who do you mean by “Parasites?” How are they parasites?

        • Manaphy

          Look up the word parasite on Dictionary(dot)com.

  • Manaphy

    There is a surefire way to fight back against these Gypsies. Donate to Jobbik in Hungary.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Gypsies hate Jobbik because the first three letters of their name spells “job”.

      • Guest


  • Pro_Whitey

    As CPAC teaches us, they are just here to do the jobs Americans won’t do.

    • bilderbuster

      Juan McAmnesty said they did jobs that Americans wouldn’t do for $50 an hour.

  • dubyasee

    Americans don’t have a clue to rapacious thievery of Gypsies. Organized groups of Gypsies will descend on an unsuspecting American town and just devour anything that isn’t tied down. Humanoid locusts, that’s what they are.

    • Spartacus

      “Humanoid locusts, that’s what they are. ”


      You have no idea how right you are…

      • Manaphy

        Is there an infection of Gypsies in Romania?

        • Spartacus

          Yes, but it’s getting better since we joined the EU, and they’re leaving in droves for western and southern Europe .

        • Laura Dilworth

          Not just Romania, Italy, parts of Chicago.

  • dd121

    Finally, a dark skin who is highly accomplished at something.

  • borogirl54

    I wonder how much of the money they earned selling stolen stuff on e-bay actually went to Romania to help one of the Gypsy kings build his mansion?

    • Spartacus

      I don’t think these are from Romania . Gypsies usually take names from the host-nation they infect, and these ones have slavic names .

      • Fathercoughlin

        Are the Irish Travellers Gypsies? or are they Irish,or mixed or what? Theyre a nasty breed from what I have heard. Their crime extends all over the British Isles and often Europe.

        • shmo123

          I believe that the term “travellers” in Britain and Ireland refers to gypsies.

        • Ella

          Irish “travellers” are all Irish and date back 1000 years ago from an Irish clan. Somehow, they separated into its own ethnic group or a subculture. They are White and have nothing to do with the Slavic/Indian gypsies. These Irish nomads can be found both in Britain and the US today.

        • Spartacus

          No, they’re White .

        • I mostly Celtic: Irish, Scottish and Welsh, with German, Cherokee and Tuscarora thrown in. Gypsies look nothing like real Irish. One of my best friends in high school was an Irish pureblood. He was short and stocky and furry. I don’t mean “hairy”, I mean furry. He looked like a Wookiee in training.

          The Irish Travellers are certainly criminals in North America, but not really Irish.

      • Manaphy

        Most Gypsies infect Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, and Macedonia. Bogdanov is a common Russian surname, so these probably came from Moldova.

        • Spartacus

          Not really . In absolute numbers, Spain, Romania, Hungary, Russia and Bulgaria have the most gypsies, not necessarilly in that order. In terms of % of the total population, it’s Spain, Romania, Hungary, FYROM(Macedonia), Slovakia and Bulgaria, not necessarilly in that order .

          Spain always had a lot of them, and with the influx of gypsies from eastern Europe, they probably have more than any other country in Europe by a wide margin .

          There’s not that many of them in Moldova tho .

  • Jesse James

    Hanging, another untried frontier for diversity!

  • I wrote an article about this scumbag family and posted it on my blog four days ago. To the sheeple, these “Romani” would be white Romanians, but the lying media never use the word “gypsy.” They are nonwhites whose way of life is crime and nothing but crime. Hey reporter guy, let honest folks in on the secret so that they don’t get scammed by these master scammers.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      I used to work with a woman from Romania – a truly crude, rude, unscrupulous, uncultured peasant. She was an assistant manager who got herself fired by overdoing setting up the manager to get fired so that she could become the new manager.
      And she used to complain about the gypsies.

  • Alexandra1973

    I once read a children’s book about a girl whose mother is “seven-eighths Gypsy.” One line in the book reads: “Everything that isn’t nailed down and some that is, Mama swipes.”

    Of course that book is from the 80s.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    They really are sending us all the world’s trash. This line should be inscribed on the epitaph of the US, which was destroyed by massive, indiscriminate 3rd world immigration.

    • Alexandra1973

      Of course, it was written at a time when most immigrants were European.

      Mexicans probably don’t care about breathing free, they just want to leech off us.

      • evilsandmich

        Recall the poll where most illegals don’t even want to be citizens (can’t say as I blame them).

    • Whitetrashgang

      So basically the sign should read give me your trash, American a open dumpster I guess.

      • Ograf

        At least that is what Fidel Castro read when Jimmy Carter opened the floodgates for that herd.

    • bilderbuster

      Those words were written by the wealthy Bolshevik Jewess Emma Lazarus.
      Certainly no self respecting White person would want that kind of immigrant to spoil their country.

    • r j p

      What? You don’t think the little brown squat monsters being sent from Mexico and Central/South America aren’t the best they have to offer?

  • shmo123

    I say take everything they own, sell it, and compensate the shop owners as best they can–and let them sit in prison for however long it takes. Then deport the scumbags back to wherever it is they came from.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Similarly, Romanian crooks and prostitutes are invading and destroying Britain.

    • Spartacus

      Your loyalty towards your kosher overlords is touching . I’m sure you’ll make a great Kapo one day .

      • Settle down, please. The “Romanian” crooks are really Gypsies, and those are from northern India.

        I always make the best peace I can.

        • russian.face

          Thanks for standing for us , the white romanians

          • I am Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, Cherokee, Tuscarora, and a convicted federal felon, but 100% honest.

            It was the way my mother raised me that made me the man I am today. And my friends Brian and Ed Myers, Tom Flynn and Glenn Gordon. Dean Byrne (what a Scottish name!) has been like the father I never had.

            I’ve had a great life, even including federal prison. I would like to be forgiven someday, but it doesn’t much matter if I am not.

    • Manaphy

      Amazing how you falsely accuse Romanians of being “crooks”, yet you never mention the real crooks, traitors, and thieves who have decimated Britain, and other white countries. Hint: this ethno-religious tribe is not “Romanians”.

  • Lord Sandwich

    I have spent the last 30 years in the retail security industry. Toys R US and Barnes and Noble use a different vendor. Anyway, everybody gets caught eventually.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    They have been a problem in US a long time apparently as there is an Andy Griffith episode where gypsies come to Mayberry.

  • IstvanIN

    Incredible sum. They could have been smart, stopped at say 6 million and retired to wherever they came from, free and clear.

  • bilderbuster

    I’ve heard of a small town in South Carolina that they use as a base for their scams. They spend a certain amount of the year pulling scams, then the rest they chill in their sleepy southern town & think of new tricks of their trade for the next season.

  • Gypsies steal. How is this “news”?