‘Retail Theft On A Massive Scale’: Father-Daughter Duo Sentenced In Multimillion-Dollar Shoplifting Scheme

Call it a 5 million–finger discount. A father-daughter duo from Atlanta has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for deploying an army of professional shoplifters to steal millions of dollars of merchandise from retailers such as CVS and Target and then selling the goods online. Robert Whitley, 70, and his daughter, Noni Whitley, 47, were accused of running the scheme for nearly a decade and organizing the theft of $6.1 million in merchandise before being busted in 2019, prosecutors said. The pair pleaded guilty in April to interstate transportation of stolen property. Prosecutors at the time described the Whitleys’ operation as a “well-organized criminal enterprise disguised as an apparently legitimate small business.” Read more at MarketWatch.