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Cleveland police have uncovered a theft ring that has netted thousands of dollars in stolen Cavaliers merchandise at Quicken Loans Arena, and at least two suspects in the case have been arrested, reported NewsChannel5’s Joe Pagonakis.
Cleveland police said arena cleaning supervisor Doris Richardson was the mastermind of the operation, allegedly taking thousands of dollars in LeBron James bobbleheads, among other items.
Police said Richardson and other employees were caught on surveillance tape putting the merchandise into boxes and onto service carts at the Q, and then taking them out of the arena through doors that aren’t used by the public.
According to police, the merchandise theft had been going on for a year. Police planted a basketball signed by Cavs forward Dwight Gooden in order to catch Richardson in the act at a Level 5 storage locker.
According to the five-page police report obtained by NewsChannel5, more arrests could be on the way.