|Crooks R Us|
|Written by Mike Flem|
Broward County, Florida Sheriff's deputies say Michael and Margaret Pollara would sell the big-ticket items online, according to an arrest affidavit.
The Pollaras allegedly visited 139 Toys R Us locations in 27 states, including California, Hawaii and New York.
Police say the mother and son duo roamed stores looking for inexpensive toys that came in large boxes.
They would then dump the original contents and pack the large box with more expensive toys, including $150 Lego sets and Leapster Pads, worth $99 apiece.
The pair hid the cheap stuff all over the stores and paid for the inexpensive large box filled with the good stuff.
Authorities tracked the two for months, watching them allegedly steal from various stores around the state and later ship packages filled with toys.
Michael Pollara, 46, had more than $900,000 in eBay and PayPal accounts, according to the report.
"He drove 7900 miles," Sgt. Rich Rossman, of the Broward County Sheriff's Organized Retail Crime Unit, told CBS Miami.
"He left from Tamarac, drove all the way to North Dakota and back.It impacted retailers across the country. Michael traveled the entire country doing this. He was a one man wrecking crew."