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Shoplifting Suspects 'Stole $7m Of Toys'
A family in the US have been accused of going on a $7m (£4m) decade-long shoplifting spree, stealing from toy shops and selling their wares on eBay.
Illegal immigrants Branko Bogdanov, 58, wife Lela, 52, and daughter Julia Bogdanov, 34, allegedly own 12 cars - including a Lexus and Corvette - and live in a $1.3m house in an upmarket Chicago suburb.
Prosecutors claim they went on interstate 'road trips', stealing electronic goods and popular toys such as Lego, Furby and American Girl dolls.
Lela Bogdanov allegedly used a long skirt with a special lining sewn in to hide large objects.
Surveillance footage shows her leaving stores with the skirt bulging with looted goods, prosecutors claim.
The Secret Service began following the couple after stores including Barnes and Noble and Toys R Us complained of a "huge loss in merchandise".
The trio's February 2014 haul allegedly saw them leave their home in wealthy Northbrook, Illinois, and steal from retailers in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.
A police informant reportedly acted as a fence for the stolen goods, which were listed on auction site eBay.
All three members of the Bogdanov family are charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and face the prospect of up to 10 years in jail. They are still to enter a plea.
Branko Bogdanov and his wife, were told on Monday they must stay behind bars until their trial.
"This defendant (Branko) has nothing to lose," prosecutor Renato Mariotti told a federal judge. "I think if you let him go ... he'll disappear."
The court also heard that Lela Bogdanov - who the defence says is suffering from cancer - has a history of using aliases.
It has not yet been decided whether Julia Bogdanov must remain locked up.
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