Cops: millions in toothbrushes stolenA precise estimate of the value of the stolen items was unavailable, but investigators said it could total more than $3 million.
Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies raided Citi Pawn in the 900 block of North Dixie Highway and arrested its manager, Igor Roytikh, 44, on charges that included dealing in stolen property – some of which came from as far away as Tequesta and Cutler Ridge in southern Miami-Dade County – and aggravated retail theft. $3 million stolen dental toothbrushes, Cops: millions in toothbrushes stolen, Igor Roytikh Citi Pawn,
Lauren Ann Healy, 23, and Brian Hegmann, 26, both of Deerfield Beach, were arrested after authorities alleged they supplied the shop with merchandise stolen from retail stores in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Hegmann and Healy allegedly concentrated their efforts on dental hygiene products such as electric toothbrushes and whitening strips, authorities said.
An investigation that began in July showed that Healy pawned more than $22,000 worth of toothbrushes and whitening strips through September, a probable cause arrest affidavit said.
Roytikh indicated to investigators that the toothbrushes were sold over the Internet, according to the affidavit.
Acting on a tip from an informant, investigators set up multiple surveillances of the alleged “booster crew.”
The surveillances indicated that Hegmann was the getaway driver, authorities said. Healy, with occasional assistance from a third suspect, would allegedly enter the store and steal the products.
Investigators followed Hegmann and Healy to more than 60 retail stores, according to the affidavit.