A retired police officer noticed a man and woman acting suspicious inside the Best Buy at 3335 Cobb Parkway, according to Capt. Mark Cheatham of Acworth Police.
The retiree observed the two entering a silver Dodge van, which had no tag, being driven by another man. He followed the van south on Cobb Parkway and observed that it then displayed a state-issued tag from Illinois.
The officer continued to follow the van to a Chevron on Cobb Parkway, until police officers arrived, Cheatham said.
Krzysztof Dolinski, 39, Marzena Waskowska, 46, and Jan Jodlowski, 51, presented Canadian passports while the vehicle was searched, Cheatham said. More than $1,700 in electronic merchandise was found, along with about $7,000 in cash. Officers also discovered a mechanism on the van’s console that could conceal the license plate. Several electronic devices, including some that could block frequencies on alarm systems used by retail stores, were also found by officers.
All three were charged with multiple offenses, including shoplifting, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, criminal trespass and use of plate to conceal identity of vehicle. Police believe the three are connected to other thefts, Cheatham said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Acworth Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (770) 974-1232.